Pin·ter·est·ing  [Pin-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting]

By Mary Dalton

Pinterest – Verb:
      Engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity of users across the globe
2    Also, a great way to procrastinate besides Facebook.
It will only be a matter of time before Webster’s  Dictionary acknowledges “pinteresting” as a verb. It may be hard to believe, but recall the shock when “bling bling” was added to the dictionary. I know that “pinteresting” has become a key form of distraction for many Design and Merchandising students.

But is it really a bad distraction? Pinterest is a virtual creative space that allows its users to express themselves and their interests – primarily through collections of images. Through the exchange of ideas and tips, it connects users with common interests all over the world. Students working on group projects are collecting their ideas in Pinterest (and then maybe spending just a little time browsing).

With Pinterest’s ever-changing pin boards it is no wonder why browsing this site is so addicting. Whether you create your own boards or just like to browse the site there is something for everyone. Ben Silbermann, co-founder of Pinterest, said that he “believes Pinterest fills a need on the Internet for people to express themselves. You don’t have to be witty, or a good photographer, or a good writer to use Pinterest, you just have to pin your interests to an online pinboard.”

It is hard to believe that this website has been up and running for two years now. The craze really started to take off only a few months ago. It was recently named one of the top 10 social media sites by Hitwise with 11 million views per week.

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