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Pinterest Open To Public, Gets Rid Of Invite-Only Policy

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Rejoice and pin! The interweb's favorite image-sharing social network is now open to the public.

Previously, people who wanted an account from which to share quirky recipes or photos of stylish coiffures had to sign up for an invitation and wait patiently until the website sent a confirmation email. (For this writer, the process took a couple weeks.) But now, all users have to do is visit the Pinterest home page and create a new account using a Twitter, Facebook or email account.

A post on the company's official blog announced the new open sign-up policy on Wednesday:

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!

Voila! Now you can start repinning all those photos of professionally lit home decor and exquisitely detailed wedding dresses that you'll never be able to afford.

Pinterest has had a whirlwind year, being cited as the fastest standalone website to reach 10 million monthly unique viewers, then being named by marketing service Experian as the third most popular social network (behind Facebook and Twitter). According to a report in the Wall Street Journal in May, the site may be valued at $1.5 billion, after securing a $100 million funding round.

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