Pinterest, announced Wednesday that it has opened its doors to anyone who wants to join dropping its invite-only policy.
The site has begun open registration. The social network previously allowed users by invitation only. Users can now sign up for the social photo sharing website without waiting for an invitation, according to Pinterest’s official blog. They can register using their email addresses, or log in with their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
"We're thrilled to announce open registration," Pinterest said in a blog post Wednesday. "For those of you who haven't joined Pinterest yet, this means you can sign up without waiting for an invite ... In addition to using your Facebook or Twitter login, we're also opening registration so you can sign up with just your email address."
“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,” the blog added.
"This tactic of adding exclusivity upon launch of a social network is not a new thing," said Rob McNair, a social media analyst from mycleveragency.com.
"Google+ adopted [it]… creating a people-referral engine and as a result built pent-up demand from the everyday user that wanted to give it a try."
Pinterest is a social scrapbooking site. You can create different pinboards in your account of by pulling in images from around the Web. If you spot an image or a thoughtful quote - you can grab it and add it to your board.
Your Followers who follow your pinboards can repin their favorite images and comment on them.
The site is a collection of collections, which offers a look into the worlds of fashion, travel, cooking, Tattoos, Architecture, Quotes, religion and lots of other topics.
The site is one of the fastest-growing social networks online. Reports suggest that Pinterest is the third-largest social network in the U.S., after Facebook and Twitter. It is also looking to expand into overseas markets, such as France, Germany and Japan.
In May, Pinterest raised $100 million in a round of funding that values the company at $1.5 billion today.