Pinterest is your virtual Pinboard or Scrapbook.
Pinterest is well-funded by a this group of successful entrepreneurs and investors: Jack Abraham (Milo), Michael Birch (Bebo), Scott Belsky(Behance), Shana Fisher (Highline Venture Partners), Ron Conway (SV Angel), Kevin Hartz (EventBrite), Jeremy Stoppelman (Yelp), Hank Vigil, and Fritz Lanman.
I’ve just signed up for this, even though it was apparently launched in March 2010 – (which was why I couldn’t get my usual user name) but it is still in Beta and invitation only or by requesting an invite
My Pinterest users name is techieminx
Create your Pinboards in Pinterest
You pin pictures, video or links to your boards, which can have whatever categories you like. You can use your own links or pictures, or someone elses, always making sure you give credit to the original source.
It very simple and easy to do.
Choose if you want to
Add a Pin – You choose from your own pictures/video’s stored on your PC or iPhone.
Upload a Pin – Here you put the URL of the picture/video you wish to display.
Create a Board – You create a Board to put your Pins.
Look at other PinBoards on Pinterest
You can browse Pinboards created by other users where you can – Like – Repin or Comment, from those boards.
When you pin something to your board you can also share this with Facebook or Twitter!
Finding or inviting friends couldn’t be easier when you sign in with Facebook, its just gives you two lists, or you can search on email addresses.
This site is great fun, and very popular – check out how many likes people already have, its phenomenal.
Its not just anther photo sharing site, or even social networking site ….
Sort of explained what it is in this video by Lockergnome aka Chris Pirillo
Pinterest have a mission..
Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.
Try it out, it costs nothing, but time – oh it is rather addicting 🙂
Hope this helps