Edu-pinning: Pinterest in Education
My name is Erin Paynter and I am addicted to Pinterest.
Pinterest has been named over and over as the hottest new website for 2012, with the rate of new users rising every week at a seemingly exponential rate. Some of what is driving the huge rate of growth is its “viral” nature, meaning re-pins account for most of the activity on the site (MarktetingProfs article: Social Media: What’s Driving Pinterest’s Amazing Growth). My husband was at first fascinated by my fascination, but now he looks at me quizzically and asks, “Seriously, what’s it for?”. I found Courtney Lowery Cowgill’s article on MediaShift to be a great explanation: it’s part social networking (kind of), part bookmarking, part curating, part blogging.