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What is Pinterest?

September 14, 2012

Mr. Frights

I have been using Pinterest for months now. I keep telling people about it and I keep seeing other people telling their friends about it, but I keep seeing these friends say things like “I don’t get it” or “I’m confused” and so on. I thought that since it’s been so helpful to me, that I would do a write up on the site, what it is, and why you should check it out at least. I’m going to try to stay in the confines of my own area of specialization, but it’s great for a lot of things, having something for everyone.

 

WHAT IS PINTEREST?

Pinterest, simply put, is social online bookmarking. It’s a website where you can bookmark things around the web for yourself like you would in your own browser, and share them with others. So, say you go to Martha Stewart Online and you find something there that you want to make or something you want to come back to like a recipe. Normally you would go to your “Bookmarks” button in your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer or Firefox) and you’d add a bookmark. Well, it’s the same thing! But on a website where others can check out your bookmarks or “pins”.

 

PINTEREST BOARDS & PINS

They call your bookmarks “pins” because it’s like a big cork board that you push pin things. You can re-pin things from people you follow. Pinterest also provides a toolbar button that you can click and drag from their page and place the button on your bookmark tool bar. This button lets you pin things from websites.

For example: If you go to the Martha Stewart Halloween page and you find a craft you like that you want to pin, then you just go to that page, click on the “PIN IT” button in your bookmark toolbar and suddenly a bunch of photos from the website pop up. You move your cursor over the image you want to pin and click the “PIN IT” button that comes up.

You can add a description with it (which I recommend) and then you can choose which board you want to pin it to of your own. I for one have a bunch of Martha’s Halloween tips in my Halloween Tips board.

You organize your pins in what they call “BOARDS”. You can make different boards for different themes. For example, I made a bunch of Halloween boards, but I wanted to separate them by Tips, Treats, and so on. So if you go to my page on Pinterest you find a bunch of different boards, and if you click on one of those boards it takes you to my pins. On these boards the pins are photos from the website you bookmarked. When you pin something, you usually use the photo that interests you most.

 

HOW TO USE PINTEREST

When you click on a pin, one of the photos you see in the boards, it should take you to the website that the photo belongs to. This is the bookmarking part. Sometimes this won’t work because it’s just a picture that was pinned (so you end up just going to that picture) and not a website. Also, sometimes you end up at the wrong place because someone pinned the front page of a blog instead of the actual blog post they were trying to pin. And of course, as with anything, since you have the ability to edit your pins, some people have changed a picture’s link to point to an inappropriate website or something that doesn’t match what the picture is.

You use PINTEREST to keep track of things you like. I’ve seen people have board for their favorite sports teams, Health & Beauty tips, cooking, decorating, music, videos, anything you are interested in. You can use Pinterest to plan events by making boards dedicated to a theme (i.e. Vampire Party). You can use Pinterest to get the word out about your blog. I post a new blog, I make sure I put photos into the post, then I PIN IT and use one of the photos to catch peoples interest (get it yet? Pin + Interest = Pinterest). This type of thing brings people to my blog. I can also use it to help promote other people by pinning their blogs or websites.

You can also “LIKE” a pin. Pinterest keeps track of your “Likes” and so you can go to your likes and look back on what you liked. This is good for people who don’t want to add a pin for something but want to still keep that pin on hand. For example… I might “LIKE” a cleaning tip, but because my pins are all about Halloween or Horror I don’t want to add something to the mix that is not part of that theme. I instead can “like” the pin and then go back to my likes to find it later.

 

OTHER STUFF

Pinterest also has some other cool features, so be sure if you sign up, go to ABOUT then go to the PIN IT button link and you’ll be taken to the GOODIES section. On the left side of the page you’ll see a bunch of things about Pinterest. One of those things will tell you a lot of what I just told you. They include tutorials and other things. On the Goodies page you’ll find ways to get other people to follow your boards, mobile apps, and other things to help make your Pinterest experience better for you.

One of the great things about Pinterest is that you can FOLLOW ALL to follow someone’s boards. BUT you can also UNFOLLOW specific boards. So if someone I follow is pinning a bunch of things I’m not interested in (i.e. a bunch of Sports team pictures) I can just go to that board and click the “unfollow” button. Alternatively, if you come across someone and look at their boards first, you can follow singular boards that interest you instead of clicking the “follow all” button.

 

THE DOWN SIDE

As with all things the site has some down sides to it. Like I said above, sometimes the pictures were pinned wrong. If you run into this, there IS a solution!! Open up a new window and go to Google, then go to their Image Search. Make sure you can see both windows so you can grab the picture you’re looking at and drag it to the Google search. Google will bring up websites where that image is located. You can usually find the original blog or website and then fix the link on the pin by clicking “Edit”.

The other thing I mentioned is that some pins might take you to an erroneous link, sometimes an inappropriate one. The best way to avoid this is just to check your pins before you re-pin someone elses’ stuff. If you run into this, just do the Google Image search thing, edit the pin so that it points to something else. Hopefully the real website where you want to go.

Another sticking point is that PINTEREST doesn’t have a privacy setting for making your pins or boards private to only you or only certain people. This shouldn’t be an issue, but if you’re concerned about that kind of thing for some reason, then keep it in mind when you’re pinning things. Someday this functionality might be available, so don’t let it stop you from enjoying Pinterest in the meantime.

I hope this helps you discover Pinterest and how it can help you with your personal interests as well as your social interests or even professional interests. If you have questions, I’m happy to help. You can also find a lot of help on the website itself just by checking out their ABOUT section. Now that they’ve opened it up to everyone, you don’t need an invitation anymore. So why not sign up and go try it out?! And be sure to follow me and my boards when you get there!!

 

– Happy Horrible Pinning

Mr. Frights

http://pinterest.com/mrfrights/

 

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Follow Mr. Frights on Pinterest

June 26, 2012

I try to use Pinterest as a bookmark site of sorts, where I can go back to my boards and follow tips, tricks, treats, and recall things I’ve wanted to purchase. I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s meant for, but it’s also great for sharing those same things with people who share the same interests. (Get it! PINterest). Anyway, bad jokes aside (…in communist Russia, boards pin you!)… if you’re interested in following Mr. Frights there I have the link for you and trust me, you’ll find something you like.

http://pinterest.com/mrfrights/

Enjoy the horror my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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