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Pinterest opens doors to free invite
Pinterest opens doors to free invite
By: iMedia News Bureau

Pinterest, the social media website-of-the-moment for sharing things you love is moving away from invite only status and has divulged into open registration.

The fast-growing site announced open registration in a blog post,We’re really excited to have the capacity to offer Pinterest to more people and if you’re a Pinner with friends who’ve been waiting on the sidelines, we hope you’ll let them know. Happy pinning to everyone!

Now, prospective pinners can register using their email addresses, or log in with their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Clean and simple to use, Pinterest attracts people who need to organize the chaos of Internet-age information overload. It serves as an online scrapbook of images they find on the Web, a place to post fashion inspirations, decorating aspirations and more.

The site's popularity has exploded in recent months, making it one of the fastest-growing websites in history. Its ascent to 10 million monthly visitors happened faster than Facebook, Twitter or any other site tracked by comScore.

Pinterest is the third most visited social network in the US, as of March, and it saw an estimated 11.7 million visitors in January this year. Its popularity has surged over the last year, with statistics showing that its traffic grew by more than 6,000 % over the final six months of 2011, and the move to go fully open is likely to only accelerate the increase of those figures.

The California-based company founded in 2010 announced in late July the addition of new categories, including, “Quotes,” “Tattoos” and “Weddings,” which joined old standbys, “Food and Drink,” “Architecture” and “Home Decor.” Some category names were tweaked: “Pets” became “Animals,” and “Prints and Posters” is now “Illustrations and Posters.”

In May, Pinterest raised $100 million in a round of funding that values the company at $1.5 billion.