That Stupid Idea From a 20-Year Old May Not Be So Stupid

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I just read a blog post from a writer who admitted that he dismissed two early ideas from young inventors. The inventions turned out to be Pinterest and Vine. Pinterest is a very successful content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos, and other objects to their pinboard. It also includes standard social networking features. Vine is a mobile app that enables its users to create and post short video clips.

The same thing happened to me. One day a few decades ago, Eliot called me from work when I was home sick saying two Japanese men stopped by the office to show us two games they were bringing to the U.S. market. I said, “Get rid of them.” I wasn’t feeling well and not getting out of bed to see some dumb games. That turned out to be Nintendo.

What’s the moral of the story? Take a second look.

I Was Pinned at 19

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I was actually pinned. I haven’t heard that expression in years. My boyfriend at the time gave me his college pin and that meant we were one step closer to being engaged. I was so proud of that pin. I wore it every day until I realized I liked the pin better than I liked the guy.

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Pinterest, The Digital Corkboard

There is nothing like the threat of a major storm to make me think about how organized we are. I like the idea that at a moment’s notice we could grab our valuables and make a run for it. The older we get, the more we want to be in control.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to stop accumulating things. I just want them filed in an organized fashion so I have easy access. That is why I wanted to tell you all about the website Pinterest. It is a digital corkboard that allows you to search all kinds of categories and then “pin” interesting pictures on different boards. Pinterest has dozens of categories to search through. You can look up DIY crafts, must read books, travel ideas, gardening ideas, and several other subjects. It is a great way to expand your hobbies and find new and interesting things. This website has turned heads all over the world, quickly gaining millions of members and growing larger every day.

You can sign up for the website and log in using your Facebook or Twitter account, or with an email account. Once you log in, you can personalize your boards using whatever topics or titles you like. Some of my boards include `Sayings,’ ‘Fitness’, ‘My Style,’ and ‘Hair and Makeup.’ Your profile button will be located at the top right corner of the Pinterest website, where you can view your boards and pins, look up friends and their boards, and invite friends to join the website with you.

You can add pins to the corkboard by either uploading a picture, or by installing the ‘Pin It’ button, which is found under the toolbar. The Pinterest website gives you detailed instructions on how to install this button under their ‘Goodies’ tab on the homepage. Installing the button allows you to browse the internet freely. When you come across a picture that you like and want to add it to one of your own boards, simply hit the “Pin It” button, which will now be located at the top of the Pinterest webpage in a big red box. Using the dropdown box that will automatically appear, choose which board the pin will belong to, hit Pin, and you’re done.

One of the reasons Pinterest is so famous, is because it gives you the ability to collect and store files and still be paperless. Enjoy, your files are just a click away!

I’m Curious, Martha

No one can ever accuse me of being a Martha Stewart groupie. I don’t cook, clean, bake, garden, or create floral boutiques out of cauliflower.

I do, however, think of Martha often because of a short but impactful conversation I had with her on the way to the Consumer Electronics Show many years ago. I spotted her at JFK airport walking alone down an aisle pulling her wheelie.

I asked her why she was traveling without an entourage. She was surprised by my question. “I am just a ‘working girl’ going to CES to seek out the latest in innovation.” In just the few minutes we spoke, Martha admitted to me she was driven by her “curious” mind.

I instantly became very jealous of her. She was “curious” and was doing something about it. How many of us get “curious” about a topic and never do anything?

Now some 20 years later, Martha is still as “curious” as ever. She is in her late 60s but seems ageless as she keeps reinventing herself over and over. She showed up this weekend to give a keynote speech at Blogher, a 5,000 mom, garden and food blogger conference in New York City.

A friend of mine, Andrea Smith, a lifestyle writer for Mashable, a tech blog, interviewed Martha about her life in social media. I am going to share it with you so click here.

“I love Twitter,” Martha told the crowd. “It just made sense to me.”

In addition to being a whiz on Twitter, Martha Stewart has amassed a huge following on Pinterest, with more than 80,000 followers. Andrea asked her, “So how does the master of all things domestic also master the digital?” Please watch the video to find out.