Recently, we were intrigued to find out that President Obama's campaign team had flexed their creative muscles and signed him up for his own Pinterest page.
On Tuesday, @BarackObama tweeted " Organizers, infographics, murals and cake - now pinning all of the above for #Obama2012 on Pinterest." Infographics? Cake?! We'd call that a promising start!
So what other awesome people and companies are unexpectedly hiding out on Pinterest? And, more importantly, what are they pinning? Here are some of our favorite discoveries:
Ann Romney: If you're looking for some red, white, and blue inspiration, Mitt Romney's stylish wife totally has you covered. She's also pinned some pics from the campaign trail and, of course, adorable shots of the Romney brood sledding and hanging out in color-coordinated outfits.
General Electric: GE isn't just ON Pinterest. They are INTO Pinterest in a big way. With boards like "#GEInspiredMe," "Under The Microscope," and "From the Factory Floor," facets of GE's brand seem to shine perfectly amongst the candles, crafts and recipes across the site. Sample quote from their "That's Genius!" quote board: "The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around." - Thomas Edison.
Waste & Recycling News: Sometimes a sense of humor is all it takes to win at Pinterest. Detroit-based periodical Waste & Recycling News scores with their "We Like it Trashy!" board and a hilarious birthday cake dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the garbage truck. What, you didn't know the garbage truck was 100 years old? Shame on you! Send it a card or something.
National Rifle Association: You might think the NRA is probably one of the least likely Pinterest denizens, but they'll prove you wrong with boards of art competition entries and pictures of "NRA Women." No, it's not what you think: These strong ladies are NRA Certified, "Refuse to Be a Victim" instructors, and members of the military. They even feature Sherri Jo Gallagher, the 2010 US Army Solider of the Year. That and some sweet antique guns make the NRAblog Pinterest account one to keep in your crosshairs.
Cabot Cheese: There is no shortage of cheese on Pinterest, but the Vermont-based Cabot company knows cheese isn't just a product, it's a lifestyle. Of course there are recipes (and drool-inducing pics of beautiful, beautiful cheese), but Cabot is also your new source for cute cow pictures and a whole lot of Vermont farming pride.
Segway: Wanna drool over some fancy people-moving gadgets? How about a Ferrari Segway? That and environmentally-conscious boards like "Keeping it Green" and pics from the Segway blog will have you saying, "Yeah, I'd pin that."