Pinterest. That one word, when uttered in a group of women, will spark a conversation that can last for hours about everything from recipes, to home decorating, to that funny picture of the dog who tore up the blinds. Men can be and are on Pinterest too, but its a site primarily used and driven by women.
If you missed Pinterest 101, Pinterest is an online bulletin board for curating images and videos on the web that you want to save. You can create boards (think of them as categories) to organize your pins. I like Pinterest because its all about me. Facebook and Twitter focus on interacting with others. Pinterest allows me to focus on me and what I like. I don’t have a lot of disposable income and I’m always on the look out for ways to save money or stretch our money further. With Pinterest I have more resources than I could ever go through, from people who are in the same boat I am, for recycling items for home decor and preparing meals with cheaper ingredients that still tastes good.
Before we start with Pinterest 102, I want to review a point I made in Pinterest 101. If you haven’t already, turn off automatic posting to your Facebook Timeline. Your friends are probably already following you on Pinterest and don’t want to see your pins duplicated on Facebook. Log into Pinterest and click on your name in the upper right corner and select Settings.
There are two Facebook settings to manage. The first is Link to Facebook, if this option is On you will see a checkbox for Facebook whenever you add a new pin. Turning this setting On allows you to control which pins get posted to Facebook on a pin by pin basis.
The other option is Add Pinterest to Facebook Timeline. This option is what you need to turn off if you don’t want your pins automatically showing up on Facebook. I’m not sure when Pinterest added this option, but its there now so go check it.
Add a hashtag to your pins helps you, and others find related pins across different boards. A hashtag looks like this, #StPatricksDay, and has no punctuation or special characters and no spaces. Case doesn’t matter in hashtags but I find the longer tags are easier to read when I capitalize the first letter of each work. You can then search for that hashtag and Pinterest will search all available boards. For a tag like #StPatricksDay, you will see crafts, decorations, and recipes returned in the results. You do not have to use hashtags and the only reason to use them is to make it easier for you and others to find the pin, especially if it relates to a holiday or special event.
You can also tag fellow Pinteresters in a pin. This is similar to a Twitter mention and that person will receive a notification that they’ve been mentioned in a pin. To add a person tag, type @ and the first few letters of that person’s name. You should see a list of names to pick from. There’s a lot to look at on Pinterest and tagging is a way to call attention to a particular pin.
Adding a price to a pin is a feature I frequently forget about but is so easy. Just add the amount, with dollar sign, and the price appears on the pin in the upper left corner. When I remember about it, I use this feature to keep track of gifts I’m thinking about purchasing for others and gifts I would like to receive. Having the price listed in the pin saves me time since I don’t have to try to track down the price later. If you ever need gift ideas for me, this board will get you started.
With all the pinning we do, its easy to forget or not have time to actually do all the cool stuff you found on Pinterest. Don’t just pin, actually do it! I’ve made a monogram out of buttons to hang in my living room, I’ve done crafts with my stepson, and most recently made these brownies which are amazing! But be careful, the satisfaction of finishing a project is highly addictive and will result in a need to do more projects!
Why do you like Pinterest? What are your favorite pin types? I like recipes, quotes, home decor, and humor stuff (anything with animals talking like humans cracks me up).
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