What is Pinterest, and Why You Should Care

Tired of social media? Ignoring it all together? Well, hop on the bandwagon, because it’s not going away! In fact a new site recently popped up that is rising in popularity: Pinterest. Pinterest is a bit different than sites like Facebook and Twitter, because it focuses purely on the interests of the users. This encourages creativity by allowing you to share your interests with others rather than just posting updates about your day-to-day life.

But that doesn’t explain what it is. The definition is inside the name. Pinterest is a combination of the words “pin” and “interest”. In your account you have “pinboards,” similar to bulletin boards. You can make these public or not, and then “pin” images of things you have an interest in onto these and make notes about these images.

Creating Pinterest Categories

For example, you can make the category convertibles. You can then paste any images you can find online of the new Volkswagen Beetle convertible, along with a link to the page where you found them. You can also attach any photos of convertibles that you took yourself as well as add notes to these images. Then you’re able to share these pinboards with other Pinterest users.

The Social Part of Pinterest

Just like Facebook and Twitter, you can elect to follow coworkers and friends. You do not have to follow all of a friend’s collections; for example, you can choose to follow only their collection of art, while choosing not to follow the restaurants they love in their area.

Joining Pinterest

The one problem with Pinterest is that you have to get invited to obtain an account. You can visit pinterest.com and ask for an invitation but it might be a while before you receive one. The more surefire method to receive an invitation is to have a friend invite you that already has an account.

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