Category Archives: Facebook

What is Pinterest?

Today we no longer require piles of magazines, some glue sticks and a pair of scissors to creatively convey your thoughts and ideas of the things you love. With the use of the Internet you can find videos and pictures that inspire you and compile it all on an attractive pin-board style website called Pinterest.

The concept behind Pinterest is to provide users with a way to collect and broadcast the things they find inspiring. It’s a simple and semi-addictive virtual pin-board that lets you seek out and organize collections of things you like, such as events, interests, projects, photos and hobbies.  The website has something for everyone. Subscribers of Pinterest use pin-boards to organize their creative endeavours, like planning a wedding, decorate their homes, create the dream wardrobe, and organize their favorite recipes all in one place.

Pinterest gained a lot of popularity in the spring of 2011 with the launch of the Pinterest iPhone and Android apps, making the interest discovery experience more personal and mobile than evers. In fact, the app launch generated over 11 million visits per week early in it’s existence.

Pinterest has a design and feel much like Facebook. Each user can upload a profile photo of their choice. There is also a stream of continuously updated posts that display content based on a particular users desired interests. Similar to other web tools you might have seen, Pinterest uses “Facebook connect” to allow Facebook members to log on to Pinterest through their Facebook accounts, which provides them the option to publish their Pinterest findings on their Facebook newsfeed.

Pinterest is FREE to join, similar to creating a new Gmail or Stumbleupon account. Getting started is easy. Staying away might get a little difficult. Let Pinterest be the vehicle to your own unique discovery.

– Simone Carpio (ETAG Lead Volunteer)

Boomers “like” Facebook

Baby Boomers at ETAG are embracing Facebook at an increasing rate. A recent article in the Huffington Post outlines a study conducted for the Canadian Press that reveals a 10% increase in the use of social media since 2011 by the baby boomer generations. Foster Research recently released a report entitled Digital Seniors, which documented that 49% of seniors in the United States use Facebook.

More and more, volunteers are getting questions from our adult (55+) participants about Facebook at ETAG’s Volunteer Technology Assistance Program. It’s an exciting time because ETAG’s participants are starting to recognize the importance of social media  to connect with long lost family, old friends, and colleagues from their past careers. Facebook has become a medium that allows information, like pictures, do-it-yourself projects and recipe ideas, to name just a few, to be shared between users, which creates amazing opportunities to stay connected with one another.

One of ETAG’s participants, Rupert, attended ETAG’s free program to get assistance with his Facebook account. He was pleasantly surprised to find photo’s of his old neighbour’s child, who he had not seen in over two years! “It’s great to be able to stay in touch with my neighbour through Facebook,” he said when asked how he likes using Facebook. ETAG can help any adult (55+) learn how to do it, in a simple way that makes sense to everyone, regardless of how little experience they have.

– Simone Carpio (ETAG Lead Volunteer)