Remember when you were young, and would run around your house and yard, collecting anything that caught your attention? I do. And I’m guessing Ben Silbermann, CEO of Pinterest, did too. Evidence is seen here: “Silbermann took a somewhat circuitous path to Internet stardom. The son of doctors from West Des Moines, Iowa, he collected things — stamps, leaves, insects — as a child.” (CNNMoney.com article)
What is Pinterest, and what is it all about?
Pinterest is a site designed for collecting things. Each user has their own virtual pinboard(s) that you can “pin” (which means upload) a picture to if you take interest in it. Other users that have some of the same interests as you are put on your pinboard feed- one similarity with Facebook. Also, your “profile” on Pinterest can have a “profile picture” (Facebook similarity number two). And finally, guess who Pinterest just hired as their director of monetization? Tim Kendall, who had spent many years as Facebook’s director. Seem coincidental? I thought so too.
Pinterest is also becoming majorly popular, with celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and political figures family, such as Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann using the service. Ann [Romney] uses the site to organize pictures of her family, and share patriotic recipes that she invented. It has actually been declared as the “fastest growing website of all time,” have a 52% jump in members in just one month. For a website still in the “invite-only membership” stage is pretty dang remarkable.
If any of you want to join Pinterest as well, their site link is right here. http://pinterest.com/
After I join Pinterest, I may make a follow up post to tell you whether it really is worth the hype- leave a comment if you would like me to!