By now you have probably heard about the next big thing that is currently taking off on the Internet called Pinterest. It basically lets you create pinboards online, and combines those with social networking features like friends and a commenting system. Users of the site can either use a bookmarklet to select new photos or videos that they want to add to one of their pinboards, or on-site functionality to do the same.
At its core, it is nothing more than a photo and video sharing community that uses pinboards instead of photo albums for the sorting. One of the core difference is that each pin links to the original site, which makes it more of a cross breed between a photo sharing and bookmarking service.
Visitors can check on all the pins that users of the site have made. Popular categories include recipes, fashion and clothing, as well as people, location and furniture.
One of the things you can use Pinterest for, besides keeping a growing collection of interesting things you find online, is to get inspiration. This can be fashion related for instance, or for new recipes that you would like to try out once you see a yummy photo of the food on the site.
Pinterest is an invite only site right now. Interested users can leave their email address to get an invite eventually, or find someone who is already using the site to get invited this way. Since I'm already using the site, I figured it would be nice if I'd offer to invite you to join Pinterest. Just leave a comment below using a valid email address, and you can be sure to receive an invitation in less than 24 hours (usually a lot faster than that).
I will send out invitations for as long as I'm able to. I'm not sure if you are only allowed to invite a select number of people.
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