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Girls Gone Wild… For Pinterest

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Pinterest. Virtual home of women all over the world looking to plan weddings, try new recipes, find ways to lose weight, remodel their homes, indulge in retail therapy, or find inspiring quotes. Millions of new pins are added every week to the site built by a small team of people in California. They are credited with giving people all over the world a new social media platform to connect through based on shared tastes and interests. Their goal was to “build a product people love,” and considering the site now has 21.5 million people visiting monthly, I think it’s safe to say they’ve accomplished that goal. They’ve also succeeded in creating a new addiction.

The Pinterest homepage

According to Experian, Pinterest is now the third most popular social networking site on the web, behind Facebook and Twitter. That’s some fast progress considering just five months ago it was number seven, behind LinkedIn and Myspace. But what some people don’t understand is what exactly all the hubbub is about. Why are we obsessed with what could be Tumblr’s twin? And what exactly is “pinning”?

Ironically, although the site was founded by a man, InsideNetworksAppData tracking service found that about 97% of Pinterest users are women. Of course, men are welcome to check out the site, but I don’t know many men who would go crazy over ways to organize their laundry room or make their own candles. Pinning is everything a woman does with a subscription to InStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Cosmo…but online. Pinning is what you do after seeing a photo you like. First, in order to make an account, you have to request an invite from Pinterest. Once you have created your account, browse the site. When you find something you like, click the ‘re-pin’ button and it instantly pins that image to your virtual bulletin board. Just like with Facebook and Twitter, your friends can “follow” your pins and if they see something they like, re-pin it to their own bulletin board.

Pinterest can be your best friend when it comes to finding delicious recipes, like IceCreamConePizza, and SmoreStuffedChocolateChipCookies; finding your next home project muse, such as apennytiledfloor; planning overthetoptreehouses for your kids; or scoping out DIY projects for those rainy weekends. It can also be a great way to promote your own website. For example, if you run a blog website for your school, you can link to your writer’s articles on Pinterest; it’s just another way to get your site more readers and exposure. Communication is what every social media site is for, right?

Check it out, but let this be a caution! You might be surprised by how addicted you get.

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And the “How to Survive Finals” Pinterest Contest Winner is…*Karen Hernandez* from the University of Rhode Island!

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We caught up with Karen after her big win to find out more about her love of Pinterest and just why Dr. Who is so cool. Here are some highlights about this flipping cool BookRenter.

Turns out, Karen LOVES the University of Rhode Island: “In only one semester I have found what seems like the perfect major for me (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics) and I couldn’t be happier!” However, when she saw the prices of the textbooks she would need her first semester, her “jaw was on the floor.” Based on recommendations from upperclassmen friends, she checked out BookRenter, did some price comparison with other companies, and discovered for herself that BookRenter always has the cheapest price. Such a smart bargain-shopper!

Karen’s an old pro at Pinterest since she’s been using it since October. Apparently it’s the new shiny way of “procrastinating and being productive at the same time.” (Hey, whatever happened to Facebook as the productive procrastination thing-to-do??) She even had a strategy for winning the contest; we won’t tell you the secret, but it involved some of her Facebook friends who “owe their Pinterest obsession to me, after all. :-)”.

If you’ve checked out Karen’s winning contest board, you’ll notice a bit of a theme. So we couldn’t help but ask, “What’s so awesome about Dr. Who?”:

“If I had to choose one thing I love about Doctor Who, it would have to be the fandom. I have found that there is an unexplainable unity between fans of the show.”

Well, we hope she likes the personalized Finals Survival Kit we put together; there just might be a couple of Dr. Who-themed surprises in there…

Last but not least, Karen left “a virtual hug to all the smart consumers of BookRenter”: *hug*

Right back ‘atcha, Karen.


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Enter to Win a Personalized Finals Survival Kit in BookRenter’s First Ever Pinterest Contest!

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Finals are next month, and before you get sucked into the black hole, help out the fellow BookRenters at your school by sharing your local survival tips. Is there a cubby hole in a nearby coffee shop that has amazing zen/qi/feng shui? Is Redbull the only thing that keeps you going? Create a Pinterest board with your secrets, and you could win a personalized Finals Survival Kit to help you make it through!

How can you win this life raft, you ask?

  • Follow BookRenter on Pinterest
  • You’ll need a Pinterest account to follow us, so if you don’t already have one, it’s easy to request an invite here. If you hit any snags, email us at promotions@bookrenter.com.
  • Create a Pinterest board titled “Finals Survival at ‘Insert your University Here’ – BookRenterStyle”. Only one entry board per person.
  • Pin at least 12 items sharing how you handle the stress. The winning board will be the one with the most repins, so we’d recommend more than the minimum.
  • Under each pin, include #bookrentercom and #finalssurvival
  • Once your board is finished, repin the original promo pin from BookRenter’s Pinterest page to your board so we are notified of your submission.
  • The contest runs April 3rd – April 9th and the winner will be announced April 10th

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