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Pinterest organizes interests, OSU students approve

The days of a label maker, cutout pictures and corkboards are dwindling, at least without the use of a computer.

Ohio State students have begun taking notice of Pinterest, a new social networking site with added flair.

Pinterest is an “online pinboard” that allows users to “pin” or select photos from any website, which attaches the photo to the individual’s pinboard, located on the user’s Pinterest webpage.

Other subscribers are then able to view the photo and, if they desire, “repin” or repost the photo on their own pinboard. The original website the user pinned from is attributed in the post so viewers can view more in-depth details on the photo.

“Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes and organize their favorite recipes,” according to Pinterest.com.

Users can have a number of different pinboards on their page to help organize their pins into their respective categories.

Ali Boone, a fourth-year in education, has six pinboards to organize her pins. She said she pins things like do-it-yourself crafts, recipes and outfits.

“I get on it at least once everyday for maybe an hour,” Boone said. “You don’t necessarily have to be on Pinterest to pin, so if I find something I like on another website I just pin it.”

Boone also enjoys looking at others’ pins to find ideas, she said.

“I found a recipe then I tried it and it actually ended up being really good,” she said. “You can find out about different blogs so I started following some of those.”

Alyson Englehart, a fourth-year in sport and leisure studies and business, said she also likes to view other subscribers’ pins.

“(There are) cool little decorating ideas for an apartment that are easy,” she said. “They have a lot of cool fashion tips and cool hairstyles.”

Englehart said she does not pin anything personally, but rather uses the site to search for things that interest her.

“(Pinterest) has a lot of good ideas and easy things that a college student could do,” she said. “The thing I like about it is how easy it is to use. There’s pretty much everything on it if you want to search something, if you want to type it in, it will come up.”

Users can type a topic into the search bar and pins that relate to the search phrase will appear.

Boone and Englehart have noticed an increase in the number of users since they began using the website in October and September, respectively.

“I’ve gotten a lot more emails recently for people joining it,” Englehart said.

“Pinterest is built by a small team in sunny Palo Alto, California. We’re striving to build a product and a company that people love,” according to Pinterest.com.

The “love” for Pinterest is apparent at universities other than OSU.

Leah Miles, a fourth-year in human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech, said she has a hard time leaving the site.

“(My roommate) was on the website and showed me things from it and she was spending so much time on it and I had to join,” she said. “I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Miles said she visits the website about six days a week and almost all of her friends are Pinterest users.

To join Pinterest, subscribers must request an invitation to join and wait for the website to send them the invitation via email.

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