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Very interesting post, it made me think twice about the potential value that comes from online anonymity. Although I feel like it would be hard to gauge what is real and what is made up. What bothers me most is that people tend to be rude and uncivilized if their identity is hidden (as Shell pointed out in his comment). However, I will defintely look at the social networks named in this post and test out the waters.
Hi David, thanks for the kind words and sharing your thoughts on this topic. I wasn't aware of the 80% of repins so that's pretty remarkable. In terms of the bookmarking analogy, I wanted to reference the ease of categorization that Pinterest provides and point to the growing trend around visual content consumption. I see your point though about it being like a visual Twitter, that's an interesting way to look at it.
I also agree with you that "Pinners" are finding image curation as a way to purposely define their digital personas. That's where I think the art form of it comes into play and one that marketers can leverage as well. Although I will say that in the process I found myself pinning things that I didn't think I would, which makes me believe that I started to get more in touch with images that spoke to me.
Thanks again, Tony
Interesting observation, Laurent. I think you're right about tradiitional TV programming needing to be "socially edited" for the web. Good post!