Students use Pinterest for arts, crafts and fun
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 09:09
With so many social media networks flourishing nowadays, it may seem nearly impossible for a new one to get even the smallest glimpse of the spotlight. Pinterest, a platform for virtual inspiration boards, was able to land among the top 10 social networks within a year of its launch in 2010.
The founder of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann, enjoys collecting things, which is how the idea originally came about.
Users view images in a wide range of 33 topics, already categorized by Pinterest, from Women’s Fashion to Art to Travel to Humor. They can also find their own images elsewhere and share them by using a “Pin It" button downloaded to their bookmark bars.
These images are then sorted, in any way the user wants, to “boards” that are based on user-defined categories.
For example, Alex Pace, a junior majoring in graphic design, can “repin” an image of Harry Potter from her favorite category, Geek. From there she can take the photo and place it into her own board titled “Favorite Characters” and is able to view it later.
Pace’s friends are also able to view her boards and can subscribe to all of them if they want to see every pin she posts or just an individual board if only one interests them.
It is being used readily by crafters and chefs alike who get ideas of things to make or cook in the future from the many food and do-it-yourself pins that are available.
Ashley Annin, a junior journalism major, said that food is the best thing to pin.
“I love cooking. I love finding new recipes and I love seeing what new and exciting things people have come up with. Also, when I’m dieting, I live vicariously through other people’s dessert pins.”
Clicking on the pin itself can lead you to even more information. It can direct you to the blog that published the recipe, the full directions on how to create the product or even a link where users can purchase the product itself.
Juliette Black, a senior political science major, described her reason for spending hours on the site every week despite the other popular social networks out there.
“It’s better than a lot of social networking sites because it doesn’t have a ton of advertisements and it’s so simple to use. I also like it because it doesn’t try to branch out like Facebook has been doing. You go there to pin photos, look at photos … that’s it. It doesn’t ask for your personal information every three seconds.”
Inspired by Pinterest, two advertising & public relations juniors, Kristen Wiley and Amelia Strickland created a blog titled We’re Calling Shenanigans. The blog takes Pinterest crafts and tests them to see how difficult or easy they are to make.
Wiley says they have a lot planned for the future of their blog.
“Well, we actually just got started with it and we hope to keep going. Our goal for this semester is to try to do one, we call them Pinterest projects, once a week, but then we’re also trying to do some other things: recipes we’re making up, beauty tutorials that we do on our own outside of Pinterest, but our main thing is the Pinterest projects.”
With blogs being based on Pinterest and so many students plugging into it daily, just how popular is Pinterest becoming? Well, the users of Pinterest and of top social networking site Facebook spend the same average amount of time — 405 minutes — on the respective sites every month. With the age of the sites being so different, Facebook has been around for eight years, while Pinterest has been around for two years, it seems that Pinterest really is earning its spot on the top of the social networking world.