Before diving into this topic, it is important to define several key terms that will be used frequently throughout the course of this analysis.
- Pinterest (n): It’s the subject of this project, but what exactly is it? Pinterest, a new social media site, is a virtual pinboard that allows users to organize everything and anything found on the web. Example: Since I have already spent an hour online, I might as well hop on over to Pinterest and make a night of it by looking for some new recipes.
- Board (n): A set of pins distinguished by topic. Example: This photo of a cute puppy would be an excellent addition to my “Animals” board.
- Pin (n, v): An image added to one’s Pinterest boards; the act of adding an image to a Pinterest board. Users may install a “Pin-It” button to their web browsers to pin anything found on external sites. Example: I saw a great idea for a new craft on my favorite blog, so I pinned it.
- Re-Pin (v): Adding an image found while browsing Pinterest to one’s own boards. Example: My friend pinned a summary of what looks like a great book – I think I’ll re-pin it so that I don’t forget about it.
- Follow (v): Choosing to view all of a person’s pins in real time on a user’s personal home page. Example: I am interested in this user’s board – I think I’ll follow it to receive updates.