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posted Feb 1, 2012, 8:59 AM by Lilli Ferry   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 9:07 AM ]
Pinterest is a "virtual pinboard" in the company's perspective. The web site is part social media and part organizational tool; you can follow other Pinterest users to see things that they post, and you can post your own pictures and videos to share with the world. You can use Pinterest to plan a party, organize recipes, decorate your home, or just categorize all of the things you love.

On Pinterest, you make boards, which are essentially categorized groupings of things that you like. You can make a board for a specific party you are planning, or a recipe book, or a grouping of books or movies that you like. Each item on a board is called a pin.

If you find someone with interesting boards on Pinterest, you can follow them, and all of their posts will show up in your news feed (much like Twitter for those who are familiar with that site). However, if you are on someone's page and only like one of their boards, you have the choice to just follow that board.

There is a feature on Pinterest called the "Pin It" button, which makes pinning media to one of your boards much simpler. When you're on a website and you see a picture or video of something you like, you can click the "Pin It" button and a tab will open. You select the piece of media you wish to display on your board, choose the board you want to display it on, and give it a description. After clicking the post button, it publishes automatically to the board you selected and the next time you log in to Pinterest, it will be waiting there for you.

To get started on Pinterest, you have to request an invitation. It can take up to a couple of weeks before you receive the invitation, but once you click the link in the email you receive, you can start pinning right away. When you log in for the first time, Pinterest asks you about your interests and automatically has you follow users that post about the interests you selected, such as history, art, fashion, or food.