Pinterest: One Student’s Take on the College Crowd’s ‘Latest Obsession’ (@Pinterest)

I am waiting for an invitation to Pinterest.  I signed up awhile back.  Apparently, I’m on a waiting list.  In the meantime, everyone I know under 30 is raving about it.  I caught one of my top students scrolling through it on her laptop before class the other day and asked her for a rundown.  In the post below, she praises the site as an “awesome form of expression” and sarcastically criticizes it “as highly addictive.”

‘A Little Website Called Pinterest’

By Briana Eveler

As a college student, I am always looking for the latest website to entertain myself.  Yes, I have a Facebook account, along with a Twitter feed, a Tumblr blog, a Flickr page . . . you name it.  My latest obsession is a little website called Pinterest.

At first, I didn’t jump on the bandwagon.  However, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to make an account.  I was promptly thrown on a waitlist.  This definitely got me interested.  What site could be so great that I had to go on a waitlist for weeks or get exclusively invited by my friends?  I immediately posted a status on Facebook: “Who has a Pinterest and will invite me?”  I had an account within minutes. Within an hour, I was officially hooked.

Pinterest is a site that lets you create virtual “pinboards”– enabling you to pin your favorite pictures and quotes to them.  For example, I have a Pinboard themed “fashion.”  I pin pictures of cute dresses, awesome shoes, anything like that.  I have the ability to “repin” my friends’ pins to my own boards, or surf the web and find pictures that I want to pin from different websites.

It’s an awesome form of expression, and a way to organize the things that I love.  My “followers” see the quotes and pictures of things that are important to me.  And in return, I see the ones that are important to the people I know or “follow”– including their favorite places, favorite clothes, and favorite ideas.

The only thing that bothers me about Pinterest is how highly addictive it is.  I can’t stop using it.  Suddenly, my laptop is Enemy Number One in class.  I can’t focus on what my professors are saying because I want to keep pinning things.  The fact that it is so easy to use makes matters worse.  I have already added the Pinterest tool to my Internet browser toolbar, and with it I can instantly pin things by just clicking the symbol from anywhere on the web.  I spend hours scrolling down my eternal homepage, staring at everyone’s pins and repinning the ones that I think are relevant to my own life and interests.

In short, Pinterest is awe-inspiring– just be sure for sanity’s sake to leave your laptop (or iPhone, yes, they have an app) in your dorm.

Eveler is a freshman at the University of Tampa.

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