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Pinewood+: Redefining Pinewood's Social Media Presence written by michael strong, staff personal trainer

Visual by Lulu Diffenbaugh

In August, Pinewood will join the ranks of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram when it launches its new social media site, Pinewood+. Although exact details are scarce, the Perennial can confirm that the website is currently in development. However, when it launches, Pinewood students will simply have to go to www.pinewoodplus.com to join an online social forum where they can post whatever is on their mind and interact with others within the Pinewood community.

Principal Gabriel Lemmon has solid reasoning for this new site.

“I found out that anything with a ‘+’ in front of it is considered cool,” Lemmon said. “Disney+, Apple Fitness+, the ‘+’ makes them popular. So I chose simply to add ‘+’ to ‘Pinewood’ to make it memorable.”

“I walk into classes and I always see students tweeting or posting Instagram stories,” Lemmon said. “If they are going to be on social media in class, it might as well be one where the teachers can read their posts, too.”

Lemmon is in charge of marketing this new website and was the one who chose its name.

“I found out that anything with a ‘+’ in front of it is considered cool,” Lemmon said. “Disney+, Apple Fitness+, the ‘+’ makes them popular. So I chose simply to add ‘+’ to ‘Pinewood’ to make it memorable.”

This new website is currently being programmed by computer science teacher Haggai Mark.

“Some students have requested a character limit higher than 400 characters so that they can post their essays on Pinewood+, allowing others to plagiarize their work,” Mark said.

“I was very excited when Mr. Lemmon approached me and asked me to program Pinewood+,” Mark said.

Mark has asked students and teachers alike about any new features that they would like to see on Pinewood+, and he has received interesting responses.

“Some students have requested a character limit higher than 400 characters so that they can post their essays on Pinewood+, allowing others to plagiarize their work,” Mark said. “Someone suggested that there should be a button that immediately orders a No. 2 pencil from the office. All manner of ideas were brought up!”

“The main goal, obviously, is to compete with Facebook, Twitter, and such for the students' attention and make sure that everything they post has the Pinewood logo on it,” Mark said.

However, through all of the ideas thrown at him, Mark keeps his focus on his highest priority.

“The main goal, obviously, is to compete with Facebook, Twitter, and such for the students' attention and make sure that everything they post has the Pinewood logo on it,” Mark said.

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It is not only faculty who are excited for this new website. Junior Ella Haun is already planning to be a major presence on the site.

“I already have ideas for a few of my posts and know what the first one will be: ‘Goodbye Pinewood, Hello Pinewood+,’” Haun said.