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A very Pinterest-ing site

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where users share photos, called pins, of things they find interesting or inspiring. The pinboards are themed for easy identification, categorization and discovery by others. Pinterest's mission is "connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests."

"I got one because my older sister said it was awesome for hair ideas and different recipes," said Hurricane High School junior Emily Schwendiman. "It also has cute outfits and inspirational quotes, so when I get on it, I just look at the things my friends pin.

"I pin a lot of things for myself like hair ideas, quotes, craft ideas and all types of food recipes or things that are cute and funny!" she added.

With a website this interesting, it's no wonder so many people are talking about it. How exactly does the site work, though?

In order to get a Pinterest account, one has to request an invite. Once invited, the website walks individuals through the process of starting an account. From there, members can download a "Pin it" button onto their browser toolbar to use if they want to pin pictures or videos from other sites.

Once that button is downloaded, members can go to almost any site on the Internet and post pictures from that site to Pinterest with the click of the button. When pictures are posted to Pinterest, members pick the album (called a board) where they want to post them.

Although the "Pin it" button is great for posting creative ideas from the Internet, members can also re-pin pictures straight from other members' boards. At the top of the Pinterest homepage, there is a toolbar with five different categories: Pinners you follow, Everything, Videos, Popular and Gifts.  If members click on the "Pinners you follow" category, they can see all of the recent pins from the people they follow.

Liza Hauldren, a Hurricane High senior, finds the exercise pins motivating. She also enjoys trying out the funky recipes on the website.  In fact, once she had a "Pinterest cooking party" with her friends, trying out recipe ideas found on Pinterest. Among other delicious desserts, they made chocolate-covered bananas, cookies and cream cupcakes and cake batter puppy chow (a form of Chex Mix).

"The website gives such good ideas. It's so...pinteresting!" Hauldren laughed. "It also shows crafts like how a person can turn a necktie into a headband. How cool!"

Madeline Witte, Hauldren's cousin, agrees that Pinterest is something worth checking out. "Have you seen the frozen yogurt drops?" she gushes about a simple snack idea. "They look so good." Although Pinterest has not been around for too long, with all that it offers it is easy to see why the website is already making a splash among many high school students. To see what it is all about, visit www.pinterest.com today and request an invite.


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