The latest craze I have been swept into is Pinterest and yes like every other social networking website they all link together one-way or another. A Pinterest account can be showcased from Facebook and Twitter. While searching on the Internet for information about this latest social media interest I found the WordPress blog TechCrunch that will written by Josh Constine. Through this blog I learned:
“Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history….Who’s propelling its rise? 18-34 year old upper income women from the American heartland. Maybe we should call it blow-dryer growth.” (http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/07/pinterest-monthly-uniques/).
For those who are really unsure what Pinterest really is, it is a place where users look at thousands of pictures or posts within different categories like Women’s Apparel, Hair & Beauty, Education, Wedding & Events, Holidays, etc. Each user is sent an invitation to their email from a current user allowing them to join the website and begin “Pinning.”
When I joined Pinterest a friend invited me via email because I couldn’t just go to Pinterest.com and sign up for an account. Why did I have to be invited? I still don’t understand why the website has this process, and I never truly realized how addicting this website is. How could one look at pictures for so long?
Pinterst has become a website that is more then just pictures. It is a place to post your ideas, share ideas, and find ideas of different things to do. This website has inspired me to complete different t-shirt crafts, shown me different ways to do my nails, and different outfits that I want to invest in. Pinterest has become a website for the consumer. The website makes things a click away to find more information about where to buy items or to see directions to make something.
Like Constine stated in his article I too have begun spending more time on Pinterest then any other social networking site I am apart of. “According to comScore, the average Pinterest user spend 98 minutes per month on the site, compared to 2.5 hours on Tumblr, and 7 hours on Facebook,” (Constine). It has become absolutely insane! Now when I log onto my computer I open Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and now my Pinterest as well.
On m Pinterst I have 86 Followers and I am following 96. I have 11 Boards I am “Pinning” to, 608 Pins, and 545 likes. And I have had my Pinterest since March and my activity and follwing has grown faster than my Twitter, which I have had for almost 4 years. It is amazing how a new social networking website is created and makes such an impact in such a short amount of time.