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Are you burned out on social media? Then you really won’t be pleased to hear that a new social media site is gaining traction. However, you might be interested to know that this new site, Pinterest, doesn’t concentrate on the minutiae of day-to-day living as sites such as Twitter and Facebook seem to. Instead, Pinterest encourages users to share their interests with others. And in this way, at least, Pinterest does more to encourage creativity among its users than sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

The site’s name gives a clue as to what it’s all about: Pinterest is a combination of “pin,” as in pinboards, and “interest,” as in what you are all about. Once you sign up for Pinterest, you create your own “pinboards” or categories. You then attach photos and images that fit within those categories, as if you were pinning these images to a bulletin board.

Creating Pinterest Categories

With Pinterest you can create different categories, like business and fashion, then pin images to each category and make notes with regards to the images along with links to the website you found them on. After that you can decide to share all of your pinboards or only a couple with other Pinterest users.

The Social Part of Pinterest

Just like Facebook and Twitter, you can elect to follow coworkers and friends. You don’t have to follow all of a friend’s collections; for instance, you can choose to follow only their collection of art, while choosing not to follow the restaurants they love in their area.

Joining Pinterest

This is the most difficult part about Pinterest. You must be invited to sign up. You can go to and ask for an invite but there’s no telling how long it will take to get your invitation. One surefire way is to ask a friend with a Pinterest account to invite you.