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Pinterest ends invites, now open to all

If you’ve been hanging around waiting for an invite to the Pinterest party then wait no more, for the up-and-coming social networking site has now opened its doors to all.

The fast-growing site announced open registration in a blog post on Wednesday. Up to now, those wanting to join had to request an invite from the site or hope to be given one by a friend who was already a member.

“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!” the post read.

Launched in March 2010, the site – which allows users to easily share anything of interest found on the Web by ‘pinning’ images to a board – soon created a stir, and within 18 months had been listed by Time magazine as one of the best 50 websites of 2011.

Earlier this year, Silicon Valley-based Pinterest became the third most popular social networking site in the US behind Facebook and Twitter – not bad going for a site that at the time was still accepting new members through invitation only. In May, the company received backing to the tune of $100 million from Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, valuing the company at $1.5 billion

Now that Tom, Dick and Harry can join, the site’s creators can expect to see a surge in sign-ups as new members come to see what all the fuss is about. Whether interest in Pinterest will continue to grow, flatline or take a dive in the long-term is anyone’s guess, but judging by the way things have been going up to now, those working for the company must be pretty excited about what the future might hold.

If you fancy taking a closer look at Pinterest, head over here to sign up.