Pinterest has many use cases. Our team used it to collect favorite logos while my ex-girlfriend uses it to collect clothes she wants to buy. Twitter is the same way. Some people send witty tweets to their friends while others use it as an RSS feed for their followers.
This flexibility is amazing but it also confuses new users. So when they ask, "what do you use Pinterest [or Twitter] for?" is it more effective to give many specific examples or one high-level summary of how the product works?