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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.

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