Has your ability to procrastinate been limited since Pace blocked access to Facebook and YouTube? You must not have heard of Pinterest. Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) is a website designed to catalog, organize, and share your interests. On this site users create a “pin board,” or a virtual corkboard, and simply “pin” their “interests.” Each pin, or post, is a picture that is added to one of your pin boards dedicated to a specific topic. Your boards can be about anything from architecture to zippers, and there is no limit on number of boards. Your followers, or people that subscribe to your pin boards, can see when you post a pin and vice versa for those you’re following. You can also search topics within Pinterest and “repin” things you like to your own board.
The site is still pretty exclusive; you have to be invited to start pinning, although you can request an invite and be added to a waiting list. Unlike other sites, Pinterest is not about networking. Although you have followers, you cannot comment on posts like you can on Facebook or Twitter. “You can’t write on other people’s pages or tag anyone in pins. It’s just a fun way to share ideas with your friends about clothes or ideas that you wouldn’t normally talk about in school,” said senior Sara Kaplan. If you login with Facebook, you automatically follow all of your Facebook friends, so you can see what they are pinning. The website is also much more organized than other blogging sites. “It is very clean and easy to navigate,” explained junior Lucy Wellborn, “so it’s easy to understand.”
The most popular pinning topics are style and fashion, do it yourself ideas, cute or funny pictures, and recipes. Senior Larisa Bainton said, “Pinterest has given me a bunch of new fashion ideas to try.” There has definitely been an increase in Pace girls trying daring new hairstyles and recipes found on Pinterest. “I like finding yummy recipes and creative ideas to use,” commented senior Hayley Kahn. There are also a lot of boards dedicated to wedding ideas and home decor, basically allowing users to create a virtual vision board for their future lives. To really get into Pinterest, you have to keep pinning. The more you post, the more extensive your collection of interests becomes, and the more exciting it is for others to browse through your pins. “It’s addicting,” said Lucy. If you’re really obsessed, add a “Pin it” button to your search engine so you can easily pin things you see on other websites.
Most Pinterest users at Pace are junior and senior girls. Underclassmen queried seemed to be either unfamilier with it, or not interested. Both girls and boys thought the website was more for girls. “I have heard of Pinterest,” commented junior Adam Ellender, “but I don’t have an account; I don’t think I’d be interested in it.” There is, however, room for guys on Pinterest. Nothing is stopping guys from creating boards dedicated to their favorite sports teams, hunting escapades, or future man cave. Anyone who is a pinner loves it, but student onlookers have doubts. Senior Jennifer Smith commented, “Pinterest is for people without lives. I don’t plan on getting one.” Similarly, senior Eric Estroff said, “I do not have one, and I do not plan on getting one soon. Pinterest is for people who have way too much time on their hands. It’s pointless.” Eric claimed that Facebook was a much more useful waste of time. All in all, Pinterest is just another way for users to distract themselves. Pointless? Maybe, but it is definitely p-interesting.
By Taylor Esler, Managing Editor ’12
Photos: Taylor Esler