Pinterest for Men

Just because the front page of Pinterest is laced with spring fashions, outrageous makeup tips and wedding inspiration … doesn’t mean it’s not a place for the men of the Internet. Dudes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em (and try to keep up). You’d be surprised at the amount of crude humor and plethora of Ron Swanson-isms you can find over there.  If that’s what you’re into.

Point is, Pinterest is not exclusively feminine fluff  as opposed to the opinion of Glen Stanberry, Gentlemint creator. Women do make up 80% of Pinterest users so it’s no surprise we pollute the front page with female-centric prettiness and OCD organizing inspiration. However, that doesn’t mean men can’t build – and unearth – some quality ideas for their manboards.

Pinterest doesn’t discriminate. And I know you, men, are a little bit interested, right? You’re welcome for ignoring that obvious pun, too.

Think of all the possibilities for manboards. Examples can showcase a slew of poker tips and matching cigars, microbrew recipes and small batch moonshine, your favorite steak joints up the California coast or the various breweries you’d like to tap. Perhaps you prefer a sports angle and create a board with moronic slow-mo mishaps for a mid-day laugh or photos detailing the Apple Cup saga, complete with Husky domination. Or maybe, for the BBQ masters in the family, you pin rub recipes and marinating advice. Surely the handymen can find top notch ideas floating freely in the Pinterest universe. I’m predicting it’s only a matter of time before Bobby Flay and Holmes hit the boards … unless Gentlemint is smart enough to get them first.

Hopefully you can see the possibilities of  manboards on Pinterest. Here are some great examples of Pinterest men and their boards I dig:

Timothy Carter – Social Media Infographics

Ryan Hodgson – My Photography, Rock Climbing and Jimmy

The Family Handyman – All of them are awesome

Dan Gordon – Watches

David Hoang – Design Tools and Inspirational Campaigns

Chris Pirillo – Storm Troopers

Gary Vaynerchuck – Wine

Really, Pinterest is ideal for the do-it-yourself renovators, repairmen, gadgeteers, world travelers, business men, gym rats and the list goes on. There is a whole ecosystem of forums, blogs, social networks and videos catering to all of these cultures — Pinterest allows you to transfer those online tips, manuals and inspiration into your own, organized forum.

For all the men who do use Pinterest, what was your reason?

Ellen DeGeneres, J.C. Penney and the Social Protester

Going viral is no longer reserved for cute kittens and babies biting fingers. The Internet – and its playground – aren’t just for techies anymore.

The recent uproar by Ellen DeGeneres and Gay Rights advocates to keep the talk show host as J.C. Penney’s spokeswoman has been acknowledged by many as a victory for the exhilarating influence of the Internet. The Stand Up for Ellen campaign, sponsored by GLAAD,  has attracted some 39,000 signatures and gained several more supporters who have voiced their opinion elsewhere online. The flood of virtual support has, no doubt played a huge role in reassuring the retailer to stand by their decision.

The boycott against J.C. Penney, staged by hate family group, comes on the heels of other Internet-driven successes, such as the Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood reversal last week, Bank of America’s $5 debit card fee turnaround late last year and the prevention of the overcritical Stop Online Privacy Act in January.  Hell, even Bill O’Reilly (he – the man who claimed Jennifer Aniston was ‘destructive to our society‘) is uncharacteristically leaning to the left in support of Ellen by likening the campaign to McCarthyism. Go, Bill.

While some may contend that the  power of social media isn’t the most significant element at play, I have to disagree. I understand that it’s ultimately the people who believe in the cause that spark the voices and actions. However, social media intensifies and accelerates the issues and the voices against the change. Everyday Joe’s are now able to use the power of the Internet as their outlet to procure a voice in mainstream media. How are decision makers, politicians and established power players taking this? Well, just ask Karen Handel. I think shocked might be an understatement.

Yes, some of these causes may have transpired into real-life protests in the past, but that’s not a style that suits everyone.  I would rather send a tweet or sign an Internet petition than take a day off work to shout on a sidewalk. And even though some may choose to take the “virtual route”, their opinions are still as important. Social media provides a vehicle for the social protester.

Make your haters, your motivators” – Ellen DeGeneres