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Pinterest.com, a relatively new social networking site, has recently been getting more attention from Central students.

Pinterest is a picture-based website where users create digital “pinboards” to group photos into categories and share them with other users, who can in turn “re-pin” photos onto their own boards. The site’s main goal is “to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting,” as stated in the online mission statement.

Caroline Nyheim, senior, discovered Pinterest three months ago and has been enjoying it ever since. “I have always been a fan of reading blogs and skimming through websites with pictures and [Pinterest] was that all wrapped into one.”

Katherine Kiang, sophomore, recently discovered Pinterest. She believes the website has potential because it is centered around a different type of social networking than most sites.

“It’s a completely different idea,” said Kiang. “It’s not about connecting with friends, it’s about sharing art and photographs. While you can have a profile, it’s really more about the pictures,”

Kiang’s brother, Harrison Kiang, senior, sees both potential and room for improvement in the site.

“Being an image sharing site, it is understandable for people to comment on its limited scope. However, the potential for the site is huge,” Kiang said.

Statistics from Google Ad Planner show that 79 percent of Pinterest users are female, even though the site was created by men.

“I find it hard to picture guys going online to post pictures of things that inspire them, their favorite outfits, and goals in life, but you never know,” Nyheim said.

While Nyheim does not know any males at Central who are interested in Pinterest and acknowledges the site’s problems, she still has faith in the site’s growth.

“Already in the past couple months I have seen it change from a small website, which I felt only older females went on, to a bunch of girls from Central being really interested in it.”

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