Best Answers to “What is Pinterest?”

In the second half of 2011, everybody was talking about a wave which was going to be the next big thing in social media. Yes, it was Pinterest. Now, it is 2013 and we know that Pinterest is indeed the next big thing in social media. So, what is Pinterest, again? Here are the best 5 answers given to this question.

what is pinterest says:

Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a place for it here.

Wikipedia says:

Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos. The site was founded by Ben Silbermann (of West Des Moines, Iowa), Paul Sciarra, and Evan Sharp, the site is managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and inventors.[ says:

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking website that allows you to “pin” images and videos that you find online and want to save or share with others onto virtual pinboards. It’s similar to popular social bookmarking sites like Digg and StumbleUpon, but you can only pin images and videos on Pinterest. People can follow you or your pinboards on Pinterest, and they can repin the content you share that they like, which adds it to one of their own pinboards. You can do the same thing with content pinned by other people. Users can also comment on each other’s pins and “like” them.

Tech News Daily says:

Pinterest is a social media site that allows users to “pin” images and videos they find online to a virtual pinboard and share them with others. It’s similar to other social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon, but users can only pin videos and images. There is also a Pinterest app for Android smartphones and for iPhones.

She Knows says:

You know when you’re browsing online and see something you love and don’t want to forget? What do you do — email it to yourself? Print it out and put it in a binder? Bookmark it on your computer? Now there’s a simple way to compile all of the great things you find online — from clothes to DIY home ideas to inspiration for your bathroom remodel — on Pinterest!

The Atlantic says:

Pinterest is a social network that fits into the category of  “visual bookmarking.” Like Tumblr (or Ye Olde Delicious), the service uses a browser bookmarklet, which makes it easy to post things from around the Interwebs. Pinterest’s user gimmick/interface is that it lets you “pin” any photo from the Internet to a “board” on its site.

Dummies says:

Pinterest is an online pinboard, a visual take on the social bookmarking site. Unlike other social bookmarking sites, such as Digg and StumbleUpon, content shared on Pinterest is driven entirely by visuals. In fact, you can’t share something on Pinterest unless an image is involved.

Like every other social media site, Pinterest has its own lingo:

  • When you share something on Pinterest, each bookmark is called a pin.
  • When you share someone else’s pin on Pinterest, it’s called a repin.
  • You group pins together by topic onto various boards or pinboards in your profile. Each board mimics a real-life pinboard.

You can share images you find online, or you can directly upload images onto Pinterest. Using the Pin It button, you can share directly in your browser from any web page. You can also share your pins on Twitter and Facebook.

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