What’s the point of Pinterest?

Heard of Pinterest? If you are a female who likes design, fashion, and “uniqueness,” you probably have. I’ve been following Pinterest for a while, and it’s growing like dandelions in your backyard. I finally got an invite (it’s beta-only at the moment), so I decided to give it a whirl.

Pinterest Logo

About Pinterest:

Our goal 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.

Getting Started:

First of all, you can browse Pinterest without signing up and find some nifty content. If you want to start your own “pinboard”, you must request an invite. I personally suggest asking a friend for an invite, or searching on Twitter for people giving away invites.

The next step is to install the Pinterest “Pin it” button in your browser. It’s a very simple process, and I’ve included a “how-to” video below. The purpose of this button is to allow users the ability to “Pin” content they find unique across the internet.

 

Pinterest has also included different sharing tools into the mix. For example, I could “like” another user’s content. I could also repin (or re-pin) something I found to be unique. Pinterest has also created “Pin-it” and “follow” buttons for people to embed on their website.

Why Pinterest is Awesome

I expect huge growth this year, simply because the site is based around finding and sharing great content. Instead of searching for great content, Pinterest is about discovering great content across the web. Oh yeah, did I mention it’s growing as fast as Facebook did in 2006?

Another great aspect is that credit is given to the author of the content. I’m sure peopleĀ plagiarize content, but it’s nice to see “Pins” linking back to the original author. Overall, I’m looking forward to watching the continued growth over the next year.

Anyone using Pinterest? What are your thoughts?