Tired of social media? Ignoring it all together? Well, join the bandwagon, because it’s not going away! In fact a brand new site recently popped up that is gaining popularity: Pinterest. Pinterest is a little different than sites like Facebook and Twitter, as 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 what is it all about? The name of the site is a hint. Pinterest is a combination of the words “pin” and “interest”. When you have a Pinterest account you literally create “pinboards” and “pin” images of stuff you like or have an interest in, building a collage of your own tastes.

Creating Pinterest Categories

For example, you might make the category convertibles. You can then paste any images you 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. After that you can 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 instance, you can decide to follow only their collection of art, while choosing not to follow the restaurants they enjoy in their area.

Joining Pinterest

The one problem with Pinterest is that you have to get invited to get an account. You can visit pinterest.com and request an invite but it might be a while until you receive one. The more surefire strategy to receive an invitation is to have a friend invite you that already posseses an account.

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