When it comes to social networks, Facebook and Twitter seem to get the most attention. But social media trends move quickly, and these days, there's a new kid on the block that's piquing everyone's interest: Pinterest. Though it's been around since 2010, the social media site has surged in popularity since its iPhone app launched a little more than a year ago.
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Described as a "virtual pinboard" on the site, Pinterest lets users share anything they find interesting around the Web — pictures, videos, stories, recipes, etc. — with friends and followers by "pinning" things to virtual corkboards. Whereas Facebook and Twitter are social engines powered mostly by words — status updates, tweets — Pinterest is more of a visual experience. Instead of telling friends about something you like, you're simply showing them and giving them the chance to learn more if they choose.
If that sounds fun but confusing, you can learn everything you need to know with Pinterest for Dummies, a new e-book from AARP Publications. The book, priced at $1.50 and now available for download through the AARP Bookstore, is a primer for new Pinterest users, offering guidance from the sign-up process to how to create your own Pinterest boards and share them with others.
To get an idea of the possibilities on Pinterest, check out these AARP-sponsored boards on the site:
* Social Security
* Movies for Grownups
* 50+ Style
If your (p)interest has been sufficiently piqued, download Pinterest for Dummies and start pinning today!