Here's how they describe themselves:
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.
Pinterest is just exploding lately. Here's a recent article about its climb up the referral traffic ladder. I also read somewhere that Pinterest now gets more traffic than Etsy, but I can't find a reference for you right now. Of course, familiarity breeds contempt, as the old saying goes. Some people are starting to get worked up about the ability of people to pin anything they see on Pinterest. I'm not getting into that. I'm trying to follow Pinterest Etiquette, and always link back to the original source, giving credit where credit is due. I try not to pin anything that doesn't link back - it's only right to give kudos to the creator.
Here's why I like Pinterest. I hope it will eventually turn THIS:
No more clipping, downloading, printing stuff I want to refer to, especially craft tutorials. I would be ever so happy to clear out two shelves in my studio!!
If you aren't already on Pinterest and you're curious, go here and click on "request an invite." You'll get accepted and then you can browse and pin to your heart's content. (Make sure you read the Pinterest Etiquette post.) Don't say I didn't warn you that it is definitely addicting.
If you would like to follow my boards and pins, go here. Happy pinning!