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Is Pinterest the Biggest Thing to Hit Social Media Since Facebook?

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Not since joining Facebook in 2005 have I been so addicted to checking an online social media site. Pinterest, which can best be described as an online collage site, allows you to post any and all great images you find on the web and share them with either friends or total strangers. It is a daily source of inspiration that allows a user to share and view the things they love. Whether it be a delicious recipe, great book, or beautiful dress, Pinterest allows you to categorize and bookmark great online finds for future reference.

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I was first introduced to Pinterest through a friend who is using the site to help plan her upcoming wedding. A popular destination for brides-to-be, Pinterest provides inspiration and serves as a resource for posting images of wedding dresses, color schemes, flowers, or hairstyles for friends and family to preview and comment on.

While brides will flock to the Wedding and Events boards, there is something for everyone on Pinterest. Common boards include Home Decor, Personal Style, Recipes, and Fitness. With searching capabilities by category, user, or key word, there are always new and exciting things to be found on Pinterest. Perhaps Pinterest’s best feature is its ability to sync up a user’s account with their Facebook account, thus linking the user with any of their Facebook friends who are also “pinners.” While Pinterest can connect people who already know each other, it is also a great way to connect with people from all over the world who share similar tastes, interests, or hobbies, and share them on their personal boards.

While Pinterest has not reached anywhere near Facebook’s 845 million users, I believe it has the potential to become one of the most popular online destinations in great thanks to its members’ word of mouth. Instead of checking my Facebook news feed several times a day, I now find myself visiting my favorite Pinterest boards via both my iPhone and iPad Pinterest apps. The one glaringly obvious difference in the growing popularity of Pinterest and the well-established Facebook are their audiences. All 56 of my “followers” on Pinterest are female, as opposed to my several hundred female AND male friends on Facebook. Pinterest has become a woman’s destination to plan her groom-less wedding, decorate her un-bought home, or dress her yet to be conceived children. For reasons unexplained, Pinterest has struck a chord with most 20 and 30-something year old women I know. Unfortunately, until Pinterest is able to appeal to both sexes, it will never reach the popularity of such go-to social media sites as Facebook, Twitter, or tumblr.

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Lastly, for anyone interested in joining Pinterest after learning about its many great features, beware that the sign up process can be a long one. A potential user must request an invitation via the website (www.pinterest.com) and then wait for a response from the site with an assigned username and password. While I’ve heard varying reports on how long the lag time can be between requesting a login and actually receiving one, I waited close to three weeks before actually receiving my information. To say I was waiting anxiously would be an understatement. The Pinterest team must come up with a better method for initiating new members if they are to keep up with the growing volume of the site. You can use websites like https://projectinsta.com/free-instagram-followers/ to grow your followers on Instagram which can be linked in Pinterest.

Social Media Reciprocity

Many people, including me, feel a sort of social obligation of reciprocity. If I receive a holiday card from a co-worker, I in turn, send one to them. If my husband and I get invited to the next door neighbor’s for beer and barbeque, we will certainly, at some time in the near future, return the invitation. It’s an unwritten law (that is actually written in no end of places) which many, if not most of us, follow. 

But what about social media? Are we consciously obligated to the same age-old rules when it comes to our digital communications? For instance, if an old high school friend that I hardly know sends me a Christmas card, I will most likely send one back to them. No harm, no foul. But if that same high school acquaintance asks me to be friends on Facebook, will I be as quick to accept? Should I be? 

The dilemma is, as I see it, a matter of exposure and/or preservation of privacy. There is no risk in sending an innocuous card, but once let into my online life, I open myself up to that person in ways inappropriate for our level of familiarity. 

It is true that social media is quite a tempting platform and a welcome change for introverts, who are generally shying of expressing their feelings in public, can do it with elan in the virtual world. These days, we all are hungry for likes and shares rather than food so we resort to cheating tactics to get more attention. Generally, you should never buy likes as organic outreach is a better outcome, even if it takes its own sweet time. 

And what about kids? All parents have probably consoled a devastated child at one time or another when they found out they were not invited to a certain other child’s birthday party. Does it bear the same level of rejection and hurt feelings when Susie “friends” everyone in her class except Jill? Another characteristic of social media is that it empowers us. It’s like our drug of choice in a way, as it gives us strength and courage that we do not otherwise possess when sitting across a conference table from someone. This power, in the hands of children, can be very dangerous, as they are not aware nor do they care, about the social reciprocity theory. 

As the usage of social media sites continues to skyrocket within all segments of the population, these are certainly issues that will work themselves out. Until then, I guess we just have to live and learn – or like and poke, as it were! 

Social Media And Piracy

Just as technology has improved so as social media networks. This rise has paved way for hackers to pirater Instagram, Facebook and other social networks..Instagramdevelopers have come up with several ways to protect their users’ accounts from Instagram pirates and hackers. However, hackers and pirates have come up with ways to hack through several accounts and copyright private content. Just like hacking guides are easily available on the web, so are pirated content from social networks. Digital piracy has been on the rampant after Netflix and Hulu left a dent in the market. However, with free movies and videos easily available in the market, privacy protection services are being hyped. Accessibility to movies, videos and photos has not been relatively available and cheap. Instagram is one of the fastest growing social sites at the moment therefore, pirating photos, videos and memes on Instagram has increased over the years as the app becomes famous.

  • How social media enables piracy; social media applications are characterized with the share capability. It is easy to share links from Instagram directly to other apps like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter blogs. With this ability of being able to share embedded information, piracy work has also risen. Instagram as well as other social media apps have enabled copyrighting. Torrents are shared on the web and the app can easily be accessed without having to download it to your phone.
  • Possibility of social media combating piracy;Instagram has helped spread privacy in some aspects. Social media as a whole may hold the key to being the root course to piracy trend. This is because users have found more than one way to stream for content from sources despite companies finding ways to monetize privacy.

Conclusion

Instagram as well as other social media networks can arguably be considered to be the root course of spreading and supporting piracy. The above tips will help you thwart any attempts from Instagram pirates bent on hacking or messing up with your account.