502 Screen on Pinterest

Pinterest is the latest social networking site where internet users, aside from Facebook and Twitter, spend most of their time online. The Pinterest word came from pinning pictures that interest a user onto the different pin boards.

So, what is Pinterest? According to Wikipedia,
Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own collections or 'like' photos. Pinterest's mission is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting" via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing. Founded by Ben Silbermann, of West Des Moines, Iowa, the site is managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and inventors. It is one of the “fastest growing social services in the world.”
But, unlike Facebook and Twitter, it seems Pinterest is not ready for the rapid growth of the website and sudden increase and still increasing amount of traffic. If you are seeing the image above, that is known as the 502 screen. I thought it was only me but upon researching, I found out many users have previously posted that they too have encountered the same 502 screen when visiting Pinterest website.

By the way, signing-up for Pinterest is not as easy as just filling-up the fields. For Pinterest, you need to request an invite  or be invited by someone already on Pinterest. Once you get your invite, you can use either your Facebook, or Twitter account to set up a new Pinterest account.

Pinterest for internet marketing? It is not yet as obvious as the other social media sites but we'll see how the website will evolve in the coming days.


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