Pinterest isn’t exactly a household name. . . yet. . . but the photo bookmarking site is slowly creeping in to our consciousness from all directions. This week, Pinterest made inroads at Bing and Barnes & Noble.
On the Bing side, you’ll now find a Pinterest “Pin It” button on every image that appears when you do a search. I tested it by searching for Lemurs. I picked my favorite photo of the bunch then almost fell out of my chair when I read the caption.
The lemur’s name is Boris!? (Check my byline) To the right, you see the new “Pin It” button. One click and you’re Pinterest bound.
Here’s the important part:
Bing automatically links and gives proper attribution to the original, high-resolution source, saving you the hassle of tracking it down yourself.
Is that sarcasm? Because, of course, everyone always tracks down the original source of any photo they use on the internet. This one came from a blog called Boris and Gleb. Darn. I liked it better when it was the lemur’s name. It took me a few seconds to find the source on the photo. I didn’t realize that the blog name was clickable. It’s also listed in the lower right corner under other suggestions. Google does a much better job of linking images to their original source, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Bing also used their announcement post to call attention to image filtering. I don’t know if this is a new site feature, but it’s new to me.
Take advantage of the full breadth of Bing image search tools like sorting and filtering by size, color, layout, and more. You can even do image search within a specific website, for example, see all “summer dresses” on Anthropologie.com.
· “summer dresses” site:anthropologie.com
· “swimsuit” site:nordstrom.com
· “grill recipes” site:seriouseats.com
In other Pinterest news, the app will now come pre-loaded along with Facebook and Twitter on all NOOK tablets from Barnes and Noble. That’s a big vote of confidence for the little social network – right up there with the big boys.
If you already own a NOOK, you can download the app for free from the NOOK Store.
Today’s takeaway: if your business isn’t on Pinterest yet, it’s time to get started.