Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
In 2012, America's third-largest social network was still entirely a startup. As one of the fastest-growing major websites in history, Pinterest.com has quickly established itself among the ranks of Facebook, Twitter and other social media behemoths. Pinterest's placement alongside increasingly visual web design and increasing e-commerce activity supports the possibility that emotion-laden visual stimuli may be one of the driving forces behind e-commerce through channels of visual persuasion, as proposed by Barry's Perception Theory. Research regarding the highly visual nature of credibility judgments supports this, showing that credibility assessments influence e-commerce spending. Through its extraordinary success, Pinterest posits itself as more than a case of a startup with good taste and good timing. Rather, it serves as a case study for why visual literacy (or visual intelligence) is becoming more important than ever in light of the increasingly visual (and emotionally influential) web.
Kharitonova, Olga, "Pins, Portals and Purchases: Examining the Potential for Credibility Carryover Effects on Pintrest" (2013). Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 11.