Friday, June 8, 2012

How to Use Pinterest

This one's for Carol and anyone else who needs a little Pinterest help.

If you haven't discovered Pinterest yet, you're missing out on a great on-line bookmarking tool. It's also a fantastic visual Internet surfing tool. Everything posted or "pinned" has a picture. You can really waste spend some time look at all the lovely photos!

Think of Pinterest as an on-line bulletin board. When you "pin" something, you are essentially tacking it onto your personal cork board. It's like when your mom used to clip a recipe out of a magazine and pin it onto the kitchen bulletin board.

Here's a basic Pinterest how-to guide for those of you that are new to on-line pinning.

Step 1

Log-in to Pinterest

If you haven't signed up yet, it's pretty simple. Simply click on the option to sign up with either Facebook or Twitter. Don't worry about your pins showing up on either service. They won't unless you choose that option. I haven't, so mine never post on Facebook. You can only sign up if you have an invitation to do so, otherwise you end up on their waiting list, which I've heard takes awhile. If you need an invitation, please e-mail me at Any current member can send you an invitation. 

Step 2

Getting Started

You should have five headings across the top under the Pinterest logo: Pinners you follow, Everything, Videos, Popular, Gifts.  I like to check out the "Everything" and "Popular" boards to see what's new. If you follow other pinners, their recent pins will show up under "Pinners you follow".  You can follow anyone on Pinterest. If someone has a board or pins that catch your eye, follow them. That way, you'll be sure to see their future pins, too!

Step 3 

How to Create Boards & Repin

If you see something you like, hover near the top of the picture. You'll get the option to "repin" the photo to your boards. A pinning box will pop up. Choose the board you would like it to go on. If you don't have one that fits, scroll to the bottom of the list, where you'll find the option to create a new board. Type in your board name. You can also change the text under the pin in the text box. Click "pin" when you're done.

Step 4

How to Create New Pins

Some blogs and websites have a "pin" button. It's simple to just click on this to create a new pin. If that's not there, you can still create a pin. Open up Pinterest and click on "Add". You'll find "Add" at the very top of the page, to the right of the Pinterest logo. A pop-up box will give you a choice to add a pin, upload a pin or create a board. If you're pinning from another website, choose "add a pin". Copy and paste the URL of the page you want to pin into the new pop-up box. Click "find images". Pinterest will do the work for you to create the pin. Once it finds an image from your page, you'll be able to choose or create the board you want to pin to and type in some text to appear under your pin. 

Step 5

Watch out!

Pace yourself. Pinterest is addictive!  Once the novelty wears off, it's not such a time suck. I'm using it now to bookmark (i.e. pin) all the things that I want to refer back to later. This includes craft projects, recipes and organizing tips, as well as some stuff that's just for fun. It's my plan to use it instead of clogging up my bookmarks on my browser.

Happy pinning!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Barb. I finally created four boards to start and then to post pictures there I:
    1. showed my name and clicked boards
    2. clicked "add" at the top
    3. clicked the middle one to browse my computer
    4. selected the name of the board
    5. wrote a description of the photo

    Haven't begun to look at the pins of others, but it is not addictive yet.