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Online Pinboard Pinterest Allows Users to Share Interests, Create Friendships

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Haleigh Whisnant and Julie Smith try a recipe for strawberry cream cheese bites they found on Pinterest. Haleigh Whisnant and Julie Smith try a recipe for strawberry cream cheese bites they found on Pinterest.
Pinterest parties have become so popular users are posting videos online Pinterest parties have become so popular users are posting videos online
Haleigh and Julie celebrate their friendship while tasting their recipe. Haleigh and Julie celebrate their friendship while tasting their recipe.

By: Alysha Strother

Nurse Haleigh Whisnant is planning a party, but instead of using a party planner to help her she is using something else.

Pinterest, a website launched in March 2010, is Haleigh's tool for planning a good party.

"Pinterest to me is just an online community pinboard," Whisnant said. "If you have any ideas that you want to share, you just go online and pin it. And people can see it and people can get ideas from you and you can get ideas from other people."

Pinterest is so much fun that people are making new friendships through Pinterest parties. They allow people to get together and make a craft or try a recipe they got off the website.

"It's a way to get people together because sometimes you don't want to just do a craft by yourself, you just want something to do with a group of people," Whisnant said.

Haleigh got to know Midlands Tech nursing student Julie Smith at a Pinterest party.

"A friend of mine threw a Pinterest party and we made some coasters out of tile, modge podge, scrap book paper and cork board," Smith said. "It was really fun."

The two have also gotten together to try recipes they found on Pinterest.

 "I look for easy foods, that are easy to make because I am not a cook whatsoever so I just look for foods that are appealing and fast," Whisnant said.

The popularity of Pinterest and Pinterest parties has taken off in recent months with people even posting videos of their Pinterest parties online.

Pinterest, an invite only website, has become so popular that there is a waiting list to get an invitation.

According to ComScore from May to November 2011 Pinterest gained almost 4.5 million users.

First grade teacher Abby Kraft says that while it is not the most important factor, safety is a concern.

"I do think it's safer in that you're not really talking about things that you do in your day to day life its stuff that you might do or just have ideas about and on Facebook and Twitter you're talking about yourself all time."

While user safety is a factor, overall it is the fun of the website and the friendships that can be made that draws users into Pinterest.

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