The first time I heard about Pinterest I knew I had to be involved. My burning desire to get pinning was only heightened when I found out that the people behind Pinterest had created a ‘barrier to entry’…all new users had to get an invite from a current pinner (someone already on Pinterest) in order to get involved with this so called addictive social platform. I went straight to it and found out who I knewthat was already an avid pinner and made sure I got an invite right then and there.
I was so excited to get started as I had already made a hobby out of collecting random images off the net. Basically my desktop had a file dedicated to an array of images which include beautiful architecture and nature images right down to my favourite fashion items and cute animal pictures. I had it all when it came to my passions and had been looking for a platform that allowed me to display them without my images becoming just another album on Facebook. Pinterest allowed me to do just that and more. By including the like and re-pin function I was able to search any other pinners boards and see what could fit in with my own whilst adding to my number of pins.
I am definitely not alone when it comes to my excitement over this new platform; from September 2011 to February 2012, the monthly unique visits to the Pinterest site grew over 866 percent.
Ever since I started creating boards to pin my pictures on, I have wondered why people, especially women, have become so addicted to this new social platform. I mean why do I find myself more often than not sitting at 1am looking for new images to either pin or re-pin? I went in search of the answers and managed to find this infographic which was created by Column Five.
This infographic has helped to explain the addiction but no cure is yet to be found for the incessant pinning and re-pinning taking place on a daily basis.