Up-and-coming social network website Pinterest offers way to connect over similar interests

With today’s society seemingly obsessed with social media, it is only natural for a new social networking site to draw the attention of many. Pinterest is a way to connect with people based on similar interests.

According to pinterest.com, the website is “a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes and organize their favorite recipes.”

Co-founder Ben Silbermann of Iowa took his former love for collecting insects and transformed it into a site that allows people from all over the world to virtually “collect” their favorite things. When the site launched in March 2010, however, it did not catch on like Silbermann hoped.

“It was like stealth without us trying to be stealth,” Silbermann told USA Today. “It wasn’t interesting, it was just kind of sad.”

Slowly but surely, word about Pinterest began to spread and the site now contains millions of active users, has 3.1 million “likes” on Facebook and upwards of 157,000 followers on Twitter.

“I first discovered Pinterest at the beginning of the semester,” sophomore Nicole Grasso said. “My friend told me to check it out, and now I can’t get enough. It’s so addicting!”

In order to be involved on Pinterest, you must receive an invite by someone already on the site. If you are the first of your friends to join the site, however, you simply log onto pinterest.com, click on “About,” and select “request an invite.” In a short time you will have access to all of the sites features – creating your own profile, re-pinning others’ pins, commenting on interesting posts, etc. From planning a weddings to redecorating and everything in between, Pinterest is a way to collect all of your thoughts onto a virtual corkboard for later reference.

“From dresses to houses to food, it is a great way to get inspiration,” sophomore Noel Barreira said.

If you are still unsure about the site and do not want to create an account just yet, the Pinterest home page allows all who log on to get a lengthy preview of what the site is like. Upon arrival, hundreds of top pins are posted on the main page allowing everyone who views to click and get more information about whatever they find appealing.

With its easy to use features and colorful graphics, Pinterest is sure to get you hooked.

Alexandra D’Aluisio can be reached at alexandra.daluisio@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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