Pinterest is a one of the fastest growing social media sites out there to date breaking the 10 million unique visitors mark in a little less than a year as invitation only email requests. Pinterest has become the number one site I hear of daily. It caters to all types of interests from DIYers to books and architecture. The one common theme seems to be “inspiration” and sharing of inspiration. The layout of the site provides a common board of posts viewable by all users, once you are invited and login you are provided the ability to follow specific users and given your own personalized page to customize your own boards of your specific interests. When you find a “pin” or photo that you like you can either like the post, comment, or pin it to one of your own boards. Once you pin to a boa
rd your followers will be able to see your actions. Pinterest has made several ways to pin to your board, by pinning from a fellow pinterest post, by uploading from your computer, or by pinning from another website.
The Layout Just Works
This is where pinterest separates itself from other social media sites. The main focus of the site is graphics with very little text. When a user finds a post of interest they can click on the photo to follow the origin of the original photo in a new tab. So for example an amazing Culinary dish that you just need to try, click on the photo and it brings you to the site with the full recipe. With computer evolution GUI (Graphic User Interface) has made computing easier for a wide range of people. For instance instead of the old DOS commands needed to run your computer Windows formed icons to help ease the user into a more comfortable way of navigating. My take on Pinterest is its ability to take its users through more quality material faster. There is also a “feel” to the quality of the pins. The photos even though from many different users tend to have a clean and professional look.
Logging in is a Breeze
One of the best features I have found is the login using your facebook or twitter login. Instead of having to remember a new login and password (as if we don’t have a million already) you have the option to login using your already existing login to your Facebook or Twitter accounts. This is also a way to help spread the word about the great new site that you just can’t stop using due to the fact that it can display on your facebook news ticker of your pinterest activity.
Pinterest has developed from years of word of mouth inspiration to an astatically pleasing way to spread inspiration to a wide variety of users. I can’t tell you how my own house has changed just from OMG moments of inspiration found through the site.
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