What is Pinterest, and Why You Should Care

What is Pinterest, and Why You Should Care

Are you just becoming familiar with the concept of social media? Well here comes another that’s growing in popularity: Pinterest. Something that is different about Pinterest is that it focuses less on updates about the day-to-day and more on the interests of the users. This encourages creativity among its user base.

The site’s name offers a clue as to what it’s all about: Pinterest is a combination of “pin,” as in pinboards, and “interest,” as in what you are all about. When you sign up for Pinterest, you make your own “pinboards” or categories. You then attach photos and pictures that fit within those categories, as if you were pinning these images onto a bulletin board.

Creating Pinterest Categories

With Pinterest you can create different categories, such as business and fashion, then pin images to each category and make notes with regards to the images along with links to the website you found them on. You can then decide to share all of your pinboards or only a couple with other Pinterest users.

The Social Part of Pinterest

Just like Facebook and Twitter, you can choose 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 that they like in their area.

Joining Pinterest

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