I’m not one to usually jump on the “trendy” bandwagon, but admit I had to check out the latest “craze”, Pinterest. If you haven’t heard of Pinterest yet, it’s a “virtual pinboard” where you can “pin” photos from all over the web. It’s currently by invitation only (which helps create interest & enthusiasm) & has been growing in popularity for the past year. As a very visual person, I was instantly intrigued & after checking out a few people’s pinboards, I decided to sign up for the waiting list. I received my invitation email within 2 days of signing up.
How Pinterest Works
You add their Pin It bookmark to your bookmarks & when you see something you want to pin, you click on Pin It in your bookmarks. If there are multiple pictures on a page, Pinterest will show them all & you just click the one you want to pin.
Pinterest automatically adds a link to the page you found the image on for each pin, so you can use it to bookmark things you want to go back to, create wish lists, remember cool ideas, or even create a visual shopping list. You start with a few suggested boards called pinboards & are free to edit the names, create new boards & rearrange the order of your pinboards.
At this point, you can’t rearrange pins unless you re-pin them in the order you want & delete the old pins, which is kind of annoying. I’d love to be able to rearrange pins the same way you can pinboards, by clicking rearrange & then dragging & dropping everything where I want it, but I can see how this could be difficult once you have a lot of pins.
A great way to find images to pin to your boards is by checking out other people’s pinboards. If you find something you like you can add it to one of your pinboards by clicking the Repin button. When you repin something it will retain the link to the original source of the image & link to the person who first pinned it as well as the pinboard you repinned it from & the person that pinboard belongs to.
If you find a pinboard you like & want to keep an eye on it to see what kinds of awesome new things get pinned to it, you can follow that board. You can also follow people on Pinterest (which seems to mean automatically following all their pinboards) & you can recommend an image to others in the description or in the comments section of a pinned image.
Pinterest is also a social site. You can comment on people’s pins & find your friends from Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, & Gmail on Pinterest by clicking on Find Friends in the People menu & then clicking on the button for whichever service you want to find friends from. There will be a pop up window asking you to sign in then it will ask if you want to allow Pinterest access to your account. (& if you’re already singed in it will skip straight to asking if you want to allow Pinterest access to your account.) Then Pinterest will show a list of the friends it finds & give you the option to follow them. You can also click on their pictures to check out their pinboards & follow individual boards.
Is it addicting like everyone says it is?
Yes! There are tons of beautiful pictures & cool things to check out & who doesn’t love having a collection of amazing pictures? Once you start you could be pinning for hours! Pinterest is inspiration/vision boards meets social bookmarking. Whether you’re on the hunt for inspiration or just like looking at cool, cute, or funny pictures, Pinterest has something for you.