Are you burned out on social media? Then you will not be happy to hear that a new social media website is gaining traction. However, you might be interested to know that this new site, Pinterest, doesn’t focus 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. When 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 as well as 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

While Pinterest offers a different approach to social media, its main purpose continues to be social interaction. You can decide to follow as many people as you want as well as only follow the pinboards you are interested in. Say somebody has a collection of local restaurants; you’re able to follow that, while choosing not to follow her collection of “all things cute.”

Joining Pinterest

The main challenge with Pinterest is getting an account: you must be invited to sign up. You can easily request an invite directly from Pinterest when you log onto the site, however it’s uncertain just how long you will have to wait to get an invitation using this method. It is much more reliable to find friends or acquaintances that are already using Pinterest. You can then ask them to invite you to the site through e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.