What is Pinterest?

I get this question a lot – what exactly is Pinterest?

I’ve found a few good descriptions online – here’s one from Pinterest.com

“Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.  Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

And, here’s my definition:  remember, back in the day, when you would rip pictures you liked from magazines?  I had a few folders – one for recipes, design ideas and just random pictures I thought were cool.  The folders would collect dust somewhere on my desk or in a drawer at home.  Every once in a while, I would remember the folders and promise myself that I would make something or do something with all of these great ideas.

Well, Pinterest essentially takes all of that online and makes it accessible.  Say you are wandering the grocery story and see something on sale that triggers a faint memory of a recipe you once wanted to try.  If you’re like me, you can pull out your iPhone and look up the recipe on your Pinterest acccount.  It puts all of those great ideas right there for you.  Plus, you can see what other people are pinning.  Most of my pins are ones that I’ve repinned from a friend. It’s so fun to see what other people are making, doing or just dreaming about…

So, sign up and get started!


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