Pinterest – A social network with a difference

It is no news that Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social networking sites. However, there’s a new and hot social network called Pinterest  which is starting to grow quickly just like Facebook did back in 2006.  Now the big question is, “Does Pinterest has the magic to compete with or beat Twitter and Facebook?”

What is Pinterest?

As Pinterest describes itself – “Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

So basically, it allows its users to organize and share all the beautiful things that you may find in your everyday life.  You can capture or “Pin” a picture from the any site, they can be placed on the boards called “Pinboards” that you have created so others can also see it, use it and share it. As one of the co-founders of Pinterest was a former Facebook employee, the website’s design is such that is bound to attract a lot of people to become members.

Why would you use Pinterest?

If you are searching the web for cool new ways for you to redecorate your kids room, set up a pinboard or if you are a photographer looking for inspiration for your next photo shoot, set up a family/ travel photos pinboard. Basically, you can set up any pinboard based on your interest or hobby. It generates the code for Pinterest community people to share them on their webpage. They can like them, comment on them or share them for free. Along with photos and images, you can also share videos as well. It can be an important tool for people who have or want to start a web-based business. They can promote their ideas through Pinterest.

Pinterest’s goal according to them is “to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.”

Pros and Cons of Pinterest

Pros: Interesting way to explore the Web visually based on interests. Lets you save or share images easily. Free.

Cons: It’s an invitation only site. It is difficult to navigate at times. Some areas of interest are not supported with relevant content.

Bottom Line

Pinterest gives Internet users a platform to visually explore, discover and share new ideas.  It’s not entirely a new concept but Pinterest executes the idea fairly well.

Let us know your thoughts on Pinterest.

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