Pinterest

What Does Pinterest Mean?

Pinterest is a social media website that allows users to organize and share images and videos from around the Web. Images uploaded by users are called Pins and may be organized into pinboards, which may be customized, themed and followed by other users. Users can also like or repin content shared by other pinners. Much like Twitter, any pinner can follow another.

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Pinterest represents a move toward more visual social media platforms. In October 2011, Pinterest received $27 million in venture capital funds.

Techopedia Explains Pinterest

Pinterest differs from many other social media platforms in that it is image-based, allowing a following to develop among those with interests that have a strong visual component. This is why Pinterest is popular for recipe sharing, interior design, fashion and online shopping. Pinterest encourages its users to credit the sources for their images and provide a link back to them. Pinterest is mostly based around image sharing, but videos also may be shared.

Images of nudity or hateful content are not allowed, and self promotion is discouraged.

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