Ever been doing a spot of online shopping and seen a must-have pair of heels, a delicious recipe or something amazing for your home, then somehow you got sidetracked onto another site? Well, with Pinterest, you can collect and organize online images of anything that inspires you or takes your fancy, and save them onto your virtual pinboard for future reference.
1] Creating an account
Simply create your account on Pinterest www.pinterest.com/join/signup/
2] Getting started
Once your account is set up you can create virtual pinboards – think dream holiday and hotels to fashion, food, gardens and hairstyles. When you log in you will see other people’s boards, so you just need to click on to your account to start creating your own virtual pinboards.
3] ‘Pinning’ images
You’ll need the ‘pin it’ button installed in your bookmarks bar so that you can save images. Go to www.pinterest.com/about/goodies and drag the ‘pin it’ button to your bookmarks bar so you can save an image from anywhere on the Internet onto your pinboard.
Some popular websites have already set up the ‘pin it’ button, so if you see something you like and there’s a ‘pin it’ button on their page, you simply click on it, just select the image you’d like to save onto your pinboard.
4] ‘Pinning’ etiquette
When adding an image to your board, Pinterest requests that you credit the original source in your pin description. They also ask that any comments you make on other users’ pins be kept respectful and polite.
5] Sharing your finds and following others
Your pins and boards will automatically be visible to the Pinterest community, who can ‘repin’ your images to their own boards. You in turn can search the Pinterest site for images and repin other peoples’ images to your board. If you develop a style crush on a particular user’s boards, you can ‘follow’ them and receive updates each time they add new images. You can also upload a pin of a photo you have taken – go to your main Pinterest feed and click the “Add +” button.
The Pinterest site is very well designed and easy to use; the excellent help section explains everything clearly.
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