Pinterest is a contender to be the new big thing in social platforms. One thing it’s missing compared to the big one like Facebook, Twitter and even Tumblr: a business model.
That might be changing, although slowly. Pinterest is taking baby steps toward being more business friendly with the introduction of tools for businesses. What’s clear is Pinterest is following the playbook of the big social platforms: get brands hooked up the free stuff, then sell them more exposure....
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