What is Pinterest
If you are addicted to social media sharing sites, then Pinterest will definitely attract you with its whole new concept of connecting people through the “things” they find interesting. It is a virtual pin board where you can pin your interests, your recipes, plan weddings or decorate your house.
Earlier on, Registration to the Pinterest was not open completely, you must receive an invitation from your friends or family member to get registered with Pinterest, but now you can also request an invitation simply by logon to their site and request invite.
Instead of written content it uses images and videos, user can pin their videos and images on this virtual pin board from any source either from their cell phones, from other sites and videos they find online. Those who love to share a lot of social media will find Pinterest a hot new site. But Pinterest is really not for everyone if you don’t like to share picture and videos and prefer written content sharing then you might think Pinterest is the waste of bandwidth.
Despite of personal use Pinterest is also a valuable tool for business with unlimited possibilities. Pins are images and videos a Bakery shop can pin the images of cakes, Wedding Organizers can pin the photos and Videos of wedding they have organized your follower will see them they can like, comment and repin and this can go viral as Facebook and twitter.
Privacy and copyright has always been the key concern of any social networking site and there is very little you can do about infringing copyright. Molly DiBianca, an attorney with Young Conaway Stargatt and Taylor, says that “At the moment, there is very little that can be done to avoid infringing copyright if you are a Pinterest user,” she says. “The only way to pin pictures without violating the site’s terms of service and the picture owner’s copyright is to only pin pictures that you’ve taken yourself.”
Some call Pinterest a Hot New Social Networking Site, Some call it waste of bandwidth despite of all said words, Pinterest made its place in top 10 best social networking sites (2011) and Time Magazine’s Top 50 Sites (2011).In January 2012, Pinterest had 11.7 million unique users, making it the fastest site in history to break the 10 million unique visitor mark. And Last but not the least President Obama has joined pinterest which shows its popularity and hype.