It’s been a while since I’ve come across a site that REALLY catches my attention. The kind of site where I browse around for a few minutes and immediately decide to create an account without even thinking twice. Pinterest is the latest site that I’ve declared as an absolute favorite, and one that I think you’ll fall in love with as well.
Pinterest is an online pinboard where you can organize and share what interests you. A combination of “pin” and “interest,” Pinterest is the perfect place to pin everything you’re interested in, or even better, browse through things that other people find interesting. I tend to do more of the latter.
At this point, Pinterest is a fairly young company and hasn’t opened up to everyone. Anyone can browse through items that have been “pinned” by others, but those wanting to take advantage of all Pinterest offers including making your own pinboards (you can create as many as you wish), you’ll have to request an invite. It took less than a day for me to get mine.
Pinterest is absolutely killing it, and one thing I love most is that I usually end up physically doing something after browsing this website. For example, a couple of weeks ago I was planning a baby shower and saw these amazing pom pon decorations made out of tissue paper that looked simple, and beautiful. I decided I just had to make them and got numerous compliments from shower guests wondering where I got the idea, and how to make them. Another “pin” I came across was a recipe for some delectable little cinnamon sugar muffins. I found myself in the kitchen whipping up a batch of them, not long after discovering them on Pinterest.
Now for those of you thinking that you couldn’t possibly find anything interesting on Pinterest, you should know that there are 30+ categories that you can filter results by! And they continue to add categories. Even if you can’t find a single thing that catches your eye, with the installation of the “Pin It” button to your bookmarks bar, you can easily “pin” new items to Pinterest that you find as you’re perusing your favorite websites. With an account, you can follow what your friends are pinning, and in turn they can follow what you’re pinning.
I’ve heard Pinterest described as a sophisticated bookmarking system, but it’s so much more than that. Describe it as you wish, all I know is that I am quite possibly addicted to this site, and I know I’m not alone.