New online bulletin boards.
IF YOU like pretty pictures and clever ideas, you might like to join the new buzz social network.
Pinterest is now America’s third most popular social network, behind Facebook and Twitter.
It is an invite- only website that allows users to create bulletin boards by theme and then ‘‘ pin’’ content to them.
Other users can then follow the stream, and repin content to their own boards.
The site’s 10 million members are 87 per cent female, with an average age of users between 25 and 54, and while there’s a lot of wedding planning, interior design and fashion inspiration, that’s soon to change.
Pinterest is one of the fastest- growing websites ever – out- pacing Facebook and Twitter at their peak – and is now attracting more than 10 million visitors a month.
Be aware, though, that what you upload to the site may stay there, even after you terminate or deactivate your account, or remove the content from the site.
According to the terms of service, Pinterest and other users may retain and continue to display, reproduce, re- pin, modify, rearrange and distribute anything you have uploaded.
Actually, a Pinterest user can upload your online content without you being a member anyway.
As copyright approval is often disregarded online, if you are really concerned, you shouldn’t be uploading content anywhere.