Web Spy: Pinterest

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I’m taking this week’s post as an opportunity to tell you all about a site that’s getting super popular and that I’m obsessing over: Pinterest. You may have already started happily pinning away on Pinterest, but if you haven’t yet, you need to start. I’ve been using it for a little over a month and I am totally addicted.

Pinterest is, according to the site, a “virtual pin board” that allows you to share things you love from the web. You can choose to follow other Pinterest users (and have them follow you back). Every time you visit Pinterest, you’ll see the recent pins of the other users you follow.

In order to join Pinterest, you have to request an invite, either from the site itself or from a friend who is a member (if you ask around, I’m willing to bet you know someone who is using the site already). Once you have an account, the first thing you’ll do is set up your profile and create a few pin boards — choose whatever categories you’d like, such as fashion inspiration, recipes, or design projects you want to try.

Once you’ve set up your profile, the next step is to start pinning! If you’re hung up on what sorts of things to pin, just trust your instincts and pin whatever you like or find interesting (hence the “interest” part of Pinterest). The easiest way to do this is by repinning something you find on another user’s pin board via the “repin” button on the page. You can also pin anything on the web, either through the add a pin page or via the “Pin It” bookmarklet you can add to your browser. It’s that easy!

Happy pinning! One word of caution: as I mentioned before, Pinterest can be pretty addictive!

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