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Ever since I was introduced to the glory of Pinterest in a recent journalism class, I have been addicted. The pool of a never ending flow of pictures and topics to search from absorbs me for hours (Also with a nice filter too, so I have no fear of running into pornography or naked bodies in my feed like tumblr).
Usually, when I roam the boards of Pinterest it is to explore new design ideas, whether it be for my art, fashion advice, or new DIY projects. The website provides a huge variety of images pulled from countless users and companies. The simplicity of the layout makes it easy to follow and learn.
Pinterest allows users a method to display their individuality in a subtle way. By giving users, the options to categorize their pins in different boards of their own creation sets a form of organization, that is simple yet expressive. It has been titled the “online collage,” a very fitting title for a website consisting largely of images.
I believe that Pinterest pocesses the ability of allowing companies to showcase their brand name and products without making it look like an obvious ad. When I find a particular picture that meets my fancy, I usually follow the given link to get more information, which then leads me to the company’s webpage. I personally find this method quite effective. Usually ads just annoy me and I skip over them, but Pinterest allows me to choose what I want to see and thus giving me products that I don’t mind spending time looking at.