The New Thing in websites we use to procrastinate is the giant virtual pinboard, Pinterest. (Which I originally pronounced as Pee-Interest, not PINterest, by the way. Fun fact about me.) Anyway, PINterest is, like I said, a pinboard where you can get ideas for fashion, decorating, cooking, and much more from pins that other users post. You can also re-pin pins you want on your own pinboard or make new pins from pictures on any website.
I first discovered this website by sitting behind people in class who had laptops. Unfortunately for them (sometimes), I could inadvertently see exactly what they were doing, which a lot of the time was looking at pins on Pinterest. After seeing a number of people on Pinterest for whole class periods at a time, I thought to myself, “Hmm. This must be the cool new site to be on. I should get a Pinterest account!” And I did…. a semester later.
In addition to being a great tool for procrastination, Pinterest is a potential platform for advertising. A company could make a pinboard and create pins for the products it wants to highlight. It is then exposing its products to thousands of people and getting instantaneous feedback. In addition, when a person re-pins one of the pins, they can give real, unbiased oPINions (hahaha! Oh dear, that was a terrible pun….), furthering the advertising potential of this site.
Pinterest is a great way to share your interests with other people and to get inspiration for practically anything. I definitely recommend that everyone have a Pinterest! But, you need an invitation to get one. So if you want a Pinterest, email me at chelsey. firstname.lastname@example.org, and I can invite you. 🙂