You have obviously heard people talk about Pinterest so you’re curious about what it is and how to use it. If you’ve felt reluctant to ask for help, jolicity is here to clear up any confusion.
Everyone’s talking about Pinterest but not everyone ‘gets’ it. I assure you that you will after following these seven steps on how best to use Pinterest fluently.
Pinterest is a highly visual virtual pinboard site that lets you “pin” or collect images from the Web. You create boards to help you categorize your images and add descriptions to remind you why you bookmarked them in the first place.
Most of these images—or pins—link back to the original website they appeared on so you can easily access them later. When people hear “Pinterest,” they often associate it with recipes, wedding dresses, and braids
It’s true that many pinners use the site to glean inspiration in these areas, but the social site is also flooded with teachers, universities, designers, airlines, nonprofits, businesses, real estate brokers, and news outlets that have explored other ways to use Pinterest.
Are you ready to find out how Pinterest can work for you?
Follow us as we walk you through getting started. And of course, check out jolicity on pinterest.
1. Join Pinterest
Visit pinterest.com and click Join Pinterest. It will ask you to join by connecting with Facebook or Twitter, but a third option lets you sign up using your email address.
To connect with Facebook, you need to give the app permission to access your basic info, email address, birthday, and likes. This lets the app post activity on your behalf, though you can decide whether or not your pins get reposted to Facebook.
It automatically imports your Facebook photo; you can then create a username and password. Here you can uncheck or leave checked two boxes: “Follow recommended friends” and “Publish activity to Facebook Timeline.”
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By connecting with Twitter, you’re giving the app permission to read tweets from your timeline, see who you follow and follow new people, update your profile, and post tweets for you.
Not cool with these stipulations? Dive in on your own by signing up with just your email. You’ll be asked a few more questions such as your gender since that info isn’t imported from an existing social media account. Upload a profile photo and proceed.
2. Follow Some Boards
Once you have an account, you’ll need to find fascinating boards to fill your feed. Pinterest gets you started by suggesting some. Select a category from the list such as Design, Geek, Science & Nature, and Technology among others, and then check at least five boards to continue.
3. Verify Your Account
After selecting some boards you’ll receive an email confirmation. Once you verify your account, the next screen you’ll see is your home feed, which features the most recent pins from people you follow. The more users or boards you follow, the more content will turn over.
4. Adjust Settings
Now is a good time to adjust your settings. Mouse over the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner with your picture and click Settings. Here you can update basic information, opt out of email notifications, and connect or disconnect your Facebook or Twitter account.
5 Create Your Own Boards
You need to build boards in order to collect and organize items you’re interested in. To do so, click Your Boards in the upper right-hand drop-down menu, then click Create a Board.
A box will pop up asking you to name your board, add a description, and categorize it. If you need some ideas, popular board names include For the Home, Books Worth Reading, Favorite Places & Spaces, and Recipes. You may want to get more specific with boards like Gluten-Free Desserts, Home Office Designs, Birthday Gifts for the Kids, or iPhone Apps I Love.
Once you create a board you can pin items to it. By clicking Edit Board at the top you can also invite others to pin to your board, but you need to either follow the user or enter their associated email address to do so.
You also have the option to create a secret board. Whatever you pin to this board is only visible to you and those you invite to it; if you don’t want to freak out a new boyfriend by pinning wedding dresses you love, or spoil your wife’s birthday surprise by pinning gift ideas, flip this switch to make the board private.
6. Get Pinning
Congratulations on making it this far, now you’re ready to get pinning! You can peruse the pins of people you follow on your home feed (accessible by clicking the Pinterest logo at the top of the screen), or search more specifically by selecting a category from the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner of the screen next to the search bar. Speaking of the search bar, you can also find boards, pins, or pinners by entering a keyword there.
When you see an image you want to pin, simply hover over it and click the red Pin It button that appears in the upper left-hand corner. You’ll be asked to designate it to one of your boards and add a description. Clicking elsewhere on the image enlarges it.
There will likely come a time in your pinning career when you wish every image on the Web—not just images on Pinterest—had a Pin It button. Well they do, sort of. Many sites like PCMag have a Pin It widget on most of their pages to make it easy for you to pin content, but you can also install and use the Pin It bookmarklet in your own browser.
This allows you to pin an image or article from any external site—a picture of a new Editors’ Choice smartphone from PCMag, for instance, or a delicious dish from that foodie blog you follow.
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Lastly, you can upload your own pins. Say you have a picture of an awesome dinner you concocted or a great computer mod you built; visit the Your Pins page and click the plus button that says “Add a pin.” Here you can upload your image, pick its board, and add a description. Others can then repin your image.
7. Get Social
You’re officially part of the Pinterest party now so it’s time to make some friends. Follow more boards and build out your own to attract new followers. Get friendly by liking (click Like next to the Pin It button) and commenting on other pins.