Users Pin on Pinterest, But Pinterest Pins Users


There's nothing that causes you to lose time faster than a good 'ole social media website. Well, social media has a new kid on the block, and its name is Pinterest. Seemingly out of nowhere, Pinterest has become the fastest website ever to receive 10 million visitors in a month. Instead of only having to worry about "posting" and "tweeting" consuming our free (or not so free) time, we now have "pinning" to suck us in. Thanks, Pinterest!

The concept is fairly straightforward — basically, Pinterest is an online pin board that allows users to pin images, text and videos to personalize boards that they create. Those boards may be personalized according to themes selected by the user and can be populated with works taken from all over the Internet. For example, a user may create a board titled "Places I'll Never See Because I'm Always on Twitter" and pin images found on various websites of sandy beaches in Tahiti, panoramic hillside towns in Italy and the Taj Mahal. Users pin works to their boards by use of a "Pin It" tab installed on users' tool bars. Whenever users come across works they simply click the "Pin It" tab, and that work is pinned to the user's board. Users may also re-pin works that they like from the boards of other users and may choose to follow other users whose boards they like.

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