Pinterest takes early social network lead in 2012 according to infographic

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Pinterest, a rapidly growing social network, has bloggers, foodies and fashionistas everywhere “pinning” madly away, but others are wondering –What is Pinterest? created an infographic breaking down the hottest in bulletin boards since—well, bulletin boards.

Our visitors often ask about Pinterest and how it relates to education, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched an infographic that gives insight into the relatively sudden emergence of Pinterest, the latest social sharing phenomenon. In the last six months of 2011, the site experienced 815% traffic growth, leaving some wondering, “What is Pinterest?” Effectively, Pinterest acts as a virtual bulletin board, letting members “pin” visuals on the web and share them with their followers. By following any number of member-curated “boards” dealing with topics such as education technology trends , a “pinhead” may stay up to date through images that also serve as bookmarks. created this infographic to break down why, and how, over one million members are using Pinterest.

“Our visitors often ask about Pinterest and how it relates to education,” said Seth Restaino, spokesperson. “This infographic really helps to elucidate the idea of virtual pinboards. It will be interesting to see how students, teachers and so forth will integrate them into their curricula and coursework.”

Though Pinterest was founded by 29-year-old Ben Silbermann from Iowa, the vast majority of the site’s users are women. Among the most popular pinheads are moms and teachers who share ideas for classroom and at-home activities that they feel are engaging, creative and educational.

“As an educational technology site, is committed to keeping up to date on the latest Internet and social media trends,” expressed Restaino. “We are also committed to informing our community about these trends so that they might also have the opportunity to leverage them--especially for educational purposes."

For news related to this infographic, such as 11 free iPad apps to help with homeschool and other information related to online schooling and education news, follow on Pinterest, @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

Launched in 2011, provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit


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