In this chapter, you learn about Pinterest, the visual social network.
- Getting to Know Pinterest
- Viewing and Repinning Pins
- Pinning on Pinterest
- Creating New Pinterest Boards
Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) is a newer social network with particular appeal to middle-aged and older women—although there are a growing number of male users, too.
Getting to Know Pinterest
Unlike Facebook, which lets you post text-based status updates, Pinterest is all about images. The site consists of a collection of boards, like virtual corkboards, that people use to share pictures they find interesting. Users pin photos and other images to their personal boards, and then they share their pins with online friends.
Pins on Pinterest are more than just pretty pictures, however. When you click a pin, it links back to the web page for that particular image. This way you can read more information about an image—or get a detailed recipe or set of instructions for a home improvement project.
You can pin images of anything—clothing, furniture, recipes, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, and the like. Your Pinterest friends can then repin your images to their own boards—and on and on.
A Pinterest board becomes a place where you can create and share collections of those things you like or find interesting. You can have as many boards as you like, organized by category or topic.
Friends who follow you see the images you pin, and you see the ones they pin. You can also like other people’s pins and repin their items to your boards, thus repeating the original pin. It’s a visual way to share things you like online.
Joining and Logging In to Pinterest
Joining Pinterest is free; in fact, you can sign up using your Facebook username and password (or with your email address, of course).
- From your web browser, go to www.pinterest.com.
- To create a new account, click the Sign Up button and follow the onscreen instructions.
- To sign in to Pinterest with your Facebook account, click the Continue with Facebook button. If you’re currently logged into Facebook, you’ll be taken directly to Pinterest; if not, you’ll be prompted to enter your Facebook user name (email address) and password. Follow the onscreen instructions from there.
To sign in to an existing Pinterest account, enter your email address and password, and then click the Log In button.
Navigating the Pinterest Site
Pinterest is a relatively easy website to get around. After you’ve logged on, it’s a simple matter of displaying and viewing pins and boards.
- When you first log in to Pinterest, you see the Home page. Pins from boards and users you follow are listed here; scroll down to view older pins.
- To search for specific pins or users, enter your query into the Search box at the top of the page.
- Click your name to view your own boards and pins.
- Click the Notifications button to view notifications from Pinterest and information about which of your pins have been repinned.
Click the Pinterest button to return to the home page from any other page of the site.