The Facebook revolution continues to inspire a networking generation
Given the success of social networks, it comes as no surprise that there’s a new threat to the Facebook/Twitter throne on a near daily basis. Pinterest may have a legitimate claim, however. Based on the simple concept of allowing its users to interact with a personal pinboard, you can share anything in your life by ‘pinning’ all sorts of media to a virtual wall. The real addiction comes in looking at what others are currently uploading. If you have an interest in food, for example, you can view recipes for specific dishes by scrolling through the ideas constructed by real individuals. It’s a more personal experience than Facebook, where comments and ‘likes’ are thrown about with no real thought, but you can still ‘repin’ and comment on things that have taken your interest, spreading your own attractions further afield.
The real benefit, though, is how you can continue to add to these threads. Should you be searching the web and find something that would suit your living room down to a tee, it’s possible to return to a previous board and add in whatever it was you just saw. As the app itself advertises, it wants to link the world through that which certain people find interesting, and Pinterest does this almost effortlessly. Whether or not it will reach the lofty levels of some of its rivals is anyone’s guess, but as an aside, it’s certainly intriguing.
Oddly addictive, Pinterest is a refreshing twist on social media and interaction.
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