Pinterest inspiration board

Forget the social network -- how about a social inspiration network? Pinterest is the latest social site that helps users find pictures of things they like, "pin" them to their personal Pinterest profile and share their likes with their friends.

Pin down your life

Users claim the service is delightfully addictive, but you can also use your social obsession to your benefit. Creating an inspiration board for your love life, personal style and more can help you on your road to an overall goal.

Scout your interests

There are many group boards on Pinterest that can steer you in the right direction. For example, if you know you want to take that trip to Bali, find a forum for Bali lovers. Pin pictures of resorts, bodies of water and people to your page. If you need to remind yourself to focus on outdoor activities on your trip, rather than spending the entire time in a spa, head over to Pinterest's "outdoors" section for inspiration. Before you know it, your Bali trip will be laid out right in front of you.

Find your focus

You can use Pinterest to "pin" many kinds of things, but if you want to create a streamlined idea to put into action, it's best to focus on just one or two areas of interest. For example, if you want to overhaul your bland wardrobe and drab apartment and turn them into something sleek and fashionable, use the craft, fashion and design forums to find pictures of things that interest you.

Put your plan into action

It's easy to go online and find things you like, but with Pinterest, users will tell you where to buy those things or how to make them. You see, Pinterest is also a social linking site, which links to retailers and DIY craft websites that will help you put your outlined plan into action. You'll know exactly where to find that perfect Buddha lamp you found online and exactly how to style it once you get it home.

Consult Pinterest for advice

There are other inspired "Pinteresters" on the website just like you. You can "repin" any user's content and ask questions in the comments. Want to know how she found such awesome stuff for her new apartment? Simply ask about her favorite retailers in a comment. It's easy to connect on Pinterest. The user base is mainly female, super friendly and happy to help.

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