Pinterest creates interest in student body, staff member explains

Anna Wonderlich, Co-Editor

Hello, my name is Anna Wonderlich and I am addicted to Pinterest.
You’ve probably never heard of it before, but Pinterest is an increasingly popular website where members can make virtual “bulletin boards” of whatever they want. Basically it lets you “pin” pictures from the Internet onto boards of various categories and “repin” pictures that other people have posted that you like or want to share.
If you still don’t understand what Pinterest is, just break up the words. Pin and interest; therefore, pin your interest. Get it now?
Back in December, Pinterest was named one of the best five social media sites by TIME magazine and I can understand why.
I first heard about Pinterest on Twitter when someone was tweeting about how obsessed they were with the site. I had to see what it was all about. A few days later, I had a friend send me an invite to join and, before I knew it, I was pinning like a natural.
Pinterest was created about two years ago, but it’s just now becoming popular, especially with high school girls.
Like many other social media outlets, Pinterest allows you to follow other people to see the things they’re pinning show up on your newsfeed. Pinterest easily connects with your Facebook account to help you find and follow your friends.
Currently, joining Pinterest is by invite-only so you have to request to join on the website or get invited by a friend who already has an account –– sounds pretty exclusive to me.
Pinterest appeals mainly to females of all ages. I’m following people from middle and high school students to older family members like my cousins and aunts.
Let me just say, this website is highly addictive, but is a great way to find common interests with friends and get inspiration for all sorts of things through pictures. The best part about it is that Pinterest is never-ending. As you reach the end of a page, new pins are automatically loaded. All you have to do is keep scrolling and scrolling continuously.
So what can you do with Pinterest anyways? You’d be amazed at all the different things people can use it for: redecorating a house, planning a wedding, finding recipes, looking at fashion, making a bucket list, planning exercise routines, getting beauty tips, and sharing handy ideas –– the list goes on.
I like to use Pinterest to get ideas for clothing, because it helps me know what styles to look for when I go shopping. The problem is, it makes me want to own all the clothes I pin.
By searching in one of the 32 different categories or looking on your newsfeed, you can find pretty much anything. Type in a keyword in the search bar if you’re looking for something specific.
Pinterest also helps you find other websites that you might enjoy. When a picture is pinned off of a website, the link is connected to the site. If you see something you like and want to know where it’s from, click on the picture and it will take you to that website –– usually it’s from Tumblr, a craft or how-to blog or a clothing store’s website.
So what are you waiting for? Go make a Pinterest account and start pinning!