Pinterest is newer network that has taken the world by storm. Addiction is putting it kindly, people go on the site for hours and get lost in the millions of categories. The mostly women viewed site will be the escape from Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Pinterest is a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” Pinterest is managed by Cold Brew Labs, a team based in Palo Alto, California. The website has proven especially popular among women.
The site’s founder is Ben Silbermann, of West Des Moines, Iowa.
Development of Pinterest began in December 2009, and the site launched as a closed beta in March 2010. The site proceeded to operate in invitation-only open beta.
Founder Ben Silbermann said he personally wrote to the site’s first 5,000 users offering his personal phone number and even meeting with some of its users. Nine months after launch the website had 10,000 users. Silbermann and a few programmers operated the site out of a small apartment until the summer of 2011.
On August 16, 2011, Time magazine listed Pinterest in its “50 Best Websites of 2011” article. Pinterest is similar to earlier social, image bookmarking systems based on the same principle.
The Pinterest app for iPhone was last updated in February 2012 and the company has a mobile website. An iPad app is being developed.
In December 2011, the site became one of the top ten largest social network services, according to Hitwise data, with 11 million total visits per week. The next month, it drove more referral traffic to retailers than LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+. The same month, the company was named the best new startup of 2011 by TechCrunch.
Pinterest’s wide reach helped it achieve an average of 11 million visits each week in December 2011. Most of the site’s users are female, with 97% of the site’s Facebook “likes” being made by women.
On March 23 Pinterest unveiled updated terms of service that eliminated the policy that gave it the right to sell its user’s content. The terms would go into effect April 6.
Here are 10 Signs That You Are Addicted to Pinterest:
1. Your grocery list is created from recipes you have pinned on Pinterest.
2. You have told at least 5 people about your latest Pinterest project and then told them YOU HAVE TO GET ON THIS THING.
3. Your husband now asks after you make something fabulous for dinner or dessert – did you find this on Pinterest?
4. You wrestle 4 kids into Hobby Lobby (or a craft store) just to get that much needed yarn for this wreath you pinned for fall.
5. Pinterest makes you secretly feel like Martha Stewart, minus the bad hair cut.
6. You have tried to pull off a Pinterest recipe as your own. Oh come on, you know you have.
7. A day hasn’t gone by in the last week without mentioning the word Pinterest.
8. Pinterest has cost you more money than you care to admit.
9. Your non-Pinterest friends look at you like you are a freak when you talk about your latest “food in a jar” find.
10. You have spent more than 3 hours in 1 sitting pinning because you JUST CAN NOT STOP.
The recipes for Cooking with Jessica are all from PINTEREST. If you don’t have an account already, you best be getting one!