First of all, what’s Social Cataloging?
Sparknotes version: It’s your key to beating boredom AND staying organized. Amazeballs. Now, I know your attention span is shorter than Kim Kardashian’s marriage, so listen up while I share the necessary details!
A social cataloging site is, in essence, social media’s prettier, smarter and all-around-better younger sister - a new and improved model if you will. Vroom. The new social cataloging sites (Pinterest, GoodReads, Etsy, Stereomood, etc.) still have a lot of we love about the original social sites (facebook, twitter… you may have heard of them). You can still share with your friends, follow your interests… stalk humans, the usual BUT these new sites are focused on niche topics (food, fashion, humor, etc.) which means you can focus on and organize your interests in a fresh new way. AKA they’re all done with a twist. Saucy.
And of course, these sites are crucial for taking breaks at work (because seriously, Excel is deteriorating my eyesight, and my will to live) . So go ahead and make your digital world more streamlined and more fun! - now all you need is a real world drink and life is complete.
If you’re looking for a more technical answer, here’s the definition I wrote for urbandictionary.com .
Site Motto: “Collect the things you love.”
What it is: Pinterest.com is like having an infinite supply of bulletin boards at your disposal- but without the messy pins (ouch) and zero need for storage space or going to Staples (ew, school children). According to the Pinterest execs, “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.”
Users can “re-pin” photos they find on the site onto their own boards and follow others’ boards as well, you know, for general merriment. It’s like a visual orgasm online, but a sexy legal one, not like chatroulette.
Sample 1: Emily’s (Emelia23) COLOR board
Holy acid flashback! It’s like the electric kool-aid acid test up in here.
So many boards, so little time!
Sample 2: Natalie’s (Natpoo2) GET IN MY BELLY board
Aaaand now I have #fatgirlproblems.
Moral of the story: This site is a fucking mesmerizing assimilation of gorgeous images. I vote that it’s highly useful for artists looking to organize designs, cooks looking to organize recipes, couples looking to plan weddings or any person who is looking to start pinning like a boss.
Mobile app: Pinterest (free), allows users to pin on the go.
Rating: (on a scale of 1-10 points for Gryffindor) 10 ! Top marks, pip pip cheerio!
Site Motto: “Behind every song there’s always an emotion. We don’t know why but maybe that’s why we love music.”
What it is: Steremood.com is basically the long lost cousin of the music genome giant Pandora.com, but it’s better for
stoners those in touch with their emotions, because all the music playlists are catered to suit your mood or your activity. “Playlist emotion” options range from the basics (happy, feeling blue) to quirky (psychedelic, aphrodisiac) to practical (dinner with friends, jogging). I personally like taking tequila shots while listening to “beach party”.
Home Page Options
“Lost in Jamaica” Playlist
Morale of the Story:
Smoke weed Get high on life and listen to this !
Mobile app: Mood O’ clock ($0.99), an alarm clock application for the iPhone.
Rating: 8 points, it’s awesome and great for fresh playlists.
Site Motto: “The largest community of readers in the world.”
What is is: Goodreads.com is NERD heaven. Hermione from Harry Potter would have an account if Hogwarts had a wireless connection.
It’s an online community for those who are passionate about books, want to engage in literary discussions, and seek recommendations for their next great read.
Moral of the story: Basically, having a goodreads account is like having a brilliant and well-read friend OR a hot young scruffy English professor giving you advice. The site is a bomb resource for those who have literary lust.
Mobile app: GoodReads (free), open it up in Barnes & Noble and make some selections!
Rating: 9 points, nerdgasmic.
Site Motto: “A mouth-watering food photo gallery. Come feed your eyes!”
What is is: DANGER: Serious nomming may occur. Foodgawker.com is an online foodie haven AKA it’s food porn and will make you wish being obese was socially acceptable. Through visual photo navigation (aka, ogling delicacies) users can collect recipes, cooking techniques and ingredients to aid in perfecting their culinary creations.
Home page of HUNGER:
Morale of the Story: Go to the gym, work on ya fitness… then use this.
Mobile app: Foodgawker (free), nom nom nom on the go
Rating: 8 points, make sure you have an emergency snack handy.
Site Motto: “Foodgawker’s sibling - dedicated to arts and crafts.”
What is is: Craftgawker is just like foodgawker, but catered to DIY craft ideas. So don’t use this one if your fingers aren’t nimble, like one of Santa’s elves. No one wants to get a “scarf” for Christmas that looks like what happens when a cat gets into a ball of yarn. But for those with delicate digits, the site offers a plethora of art projects, craft items and handmade creations to draw inspiration from or make yourself.
Hand-crafitin’ day n’ night:
Morale of the story: Make something beautiful and don’t burn yourself with the hot glue gun.
Mobile app: Craftgawker (free), on the go creative jolts.
Rating: 9 points, open it in A.C. Moore and go to town.
Site Motto: “The world’s handmade marketplace.”
What it is: Etsy.com is an enormous artisan community, designed to allow users to buy and sell art, products and supplies. The site uses the William Morris motto as a mantra,“have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” So that also means not letting ugly people inside your apartment. Etsy has been around for six years now and the site, run by editors with great eyes for style, highlights only top quality wares. If a unique gift is what you’re looking for, etsy is ideal.
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Moral of the Story: Tired of buying people stupid gifts like Starbucks giftcards or hand cream from Bath & Body Works? Get a little creative with Etsy.
Mobile app: N/A
Rating: 9 points, it’s a goldmine.
Site Motto: “Get inspired everyday! Share your favorite images from the web.”
What it is: Weheartit.com is a collection of inspiring (and sometimes shexay) photos, submitted by “heart it” users. The site functions through tag use, and users can search by keywords for things they’d like to see (like fashion, photography, peacock feathers,etc.). Most of the images have an awesome artsy or vintage quality to them -it’s like hipstamatic before hipstamatic was even cool.
Wearing your heart on your sleeve:
Moral of the story: Using Weheartit is like looking through the mind, heart and travels of a friend / a hipster / a hipster who you’re friends with.
Mobile app: N/A
Rating: 7 points, it’s girlier than the rest, but still amazing.
Alright, now I hope reading all of this has caused you to develop a slow smile that would give Herman Cain a run for his money. Feel free to thank me later for your new fabulous life / heightened internet addiction. Sorry I’m not sorry.