Pinterest is a company that is often not thought of as a social networking website, but for photos and project ideas of all kinds, it’s one of the best. Pinterest was designed as a “catalog of ideas” by its founder, Ben Silbermann, and it’s a great option for networking with others who share a passion for inspiration and creativity.

In order to use Pinterest, you must have an account. However, the social networking website makes it simple, and it’s free. You can sign up with your email account or your Facebook account. If you use your Facebook account, you’ll be all set up to share what the site calls pins to your wall from your Pinterest account without having to link your Facebook account later.

Since an account is required, Pinterest doesn’t have a public homepage. The homepage is tailored to your account, so everyone’s is different. Depending on who you follow and your searches, your homepage shows pins you might like.

You can search for just about anything on Pinterest, and the more you search and pin, the better results you will get based on your interests and account activity. You can also create your own pins rather than sharing other people’s pins.

All of your pins are stored in different boards, which are basically folders to help you keep all of your pins organized. You can create boards for food, do-it-yourself projects, photography, kids, exercise and just about anything else. This way, when you remember that you pinned that recipe months later, you’ll know right where to find it.

Pinterest allows messaging between people you follow and people who follow you, just like many social media networks. You can share pins with the mobile app and via email, text, Facebook, Twitter and more. After you start searching and pinning a lot, Pinterest starts sending you notifications with pins it thinks you may like based on your search and account activity.

Pinterest is not a social networking website to overlook. Do-it-yourselfers will find it particularly helpful and pleasing, as you can search for project ideas and find more than you’ll ever have time to complete.