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Pinterest Valued at $5 Billion Because Mason Jar Crafts Have Huge Growth Potential

Important. (Screengrab: Pinterest)

Investors must see massive growth potential in photos of D.I.Y. Peeps projects, because Pinterest is now valued at $5 billion, ReadWrite reported yesterday.

Pinterest hit the $5 billion mark after successfully completing a $200 million Series F led by SV Angel, TechCrunch reported. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Fidelity, A16Z, FirstMark Capital and Valiant Capital Partners also reportedly contributed. Read More

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Build Your Creepy Secret Wedding Wishlist IRL With New Pinterest iPhone Scanner

Necessary.

It doesn’t take NSA-level records access to figure out that Pinterest users freaking love weddings, possibly even more than they love shirtless men.

They also love buying the stuff they pin (except for #fitspo, because as we all know, that’s priceless). The virtual pinboard site drives sales in a huge way.

Now, a new app is enabling Pinterest users to pin their favorite products IRL just by scanning an item’s UPC barcode. It’s called LoveList, and it was created by Brad Mahler and Mark Tholking, TechCrunch reports. Read More

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Dude Brings His Girlfriend’s Pinterest Wedding Fanfic to Life

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In a gesture that’s sure to please all of The Notebook‘s most type-A fans, a young man planned a surprise proposal and wedding for his girlfriend using nothing but her “My Dream Wedding” Pinterest board.

Amanda Roman’s exhaustive board includes such Pinterest staples as inspirational quotes, makeup tips and even sparkly guilt-inducing weight loss crafts. With more than 220 pins, the only thing she was missing was a fiancé :\ Read More

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With New Article Feature, Pinterest Learns How to Read

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Pinterest is branching out beyond its usual offerings of fitspo and “keep-calm-and” posters with a brand-new feature that implies that its users might be able to read more than five words at a time.

Users have been using the platform to pin more than five million articles per day, Fast Company reports, so the company has decided to create a designated article pin to make it easier for users to read things later.  Read More

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Pinterest Makes Itself Useful By Notifying Users When Pinned Items Go On Sale

A good Pinterest board.

Pinterest has long been the domain of overgrown sorority girls, bored Southern belles, and Your Annoying Cousin. It’s tough not to hate on the site’s miles and miles of cutesy recipes, DIY projects and saccharine quotes displayed against generic sunset backgrounds.

But with its new savings alerts feature, we just might have to quit playing the Negative Nancy and sign up for an account. Read More

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Here’s an Idea: Let’s Turn Pinterest Into a Massive Graphic Novel

Yup, sounds like a teenager to us. (Photo: Screencap)

We tend to think of Pinterest as being pretty straightforward: See pretty picture/thing we want, pin it, repeat ad infinitum. Hence the free-and-clear path to monetization.

But the Daily Dot reports that a particularly aggressive “transmedia” publisher, BeActive, wants to use the platform as a storytelling medium. The company is taking Beat Girl, a novel, and turning it into: Read More

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Are We Already Over Pinterest?

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Pinterest, the social image-sharing pinboard site beloved by maiden aunts and chronically depressed  ex-girlfriends everywhere,  isn’t so hot anymore,  apparently. While Pinterest soared in popularity at the end of 2011 and by March this year was the third most popular U.S. social network, new user signups appear to have dropped off a cliff. Nicholas Carlson made note of this in Business Insider several days ago: Read More

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Pictureless Pinterest is Our New Favorite Twitter Account

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Not one, not two, but three of your Betabeat editors actually guffawed aloud upon discovering @PicturelessPins, a weeks-old Twitter account that offers “the best of Pinterest without having to look at the pictures.” Think Garfield Minus Garfield, but for the bangs and fairy dust and decoupage-loving set. The Twitter account serves up textual descriptions of typical Pinterest fare, which somehow manage to be both more interesting and entertaining than the actual pins they’re alluding to. We’ve collected a few of our favorite PicturelessPins tweets after the jump. Read More