Monday, January 13, 2014

Keeping up with Pinterest

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From repins, to likes, to comments, keeping up with everything that happens on Pinterest can be a bit of a challenge. But Pinterest offers several tools to help you stay on top of the latest Pinterest activity.
  • Anytime you log in to Pinterest, you will see the Recent Activity box in the top-left corner of the homepage. This lets you know whenever someone starts following, repins, likes, or comments on your pinboards.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing recent activity on Pinterest
  • Click Activity on your profile page to see what you've done recently on Pinterest.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing your recent activity

To Set Your Email Notifications:

By default, Pinterest will send you email notifications whenever someone interacts with your pins and pinboards. Email notifications are an easy way to keep up with everything that happens on Pinterest, but you may wish to customize which emails you receive.
  1. Hover the mouse over the profile icon and then select Settings from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of PinterestNavigating to your settings
  2. The Edit Profile page will appear. Click Email Settings.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking Email Settings
  3. The email settings page will appear. By default, every email notification is active. Switch the buttons to the On or Off position depending on your preference, or click Disable Emails to turn off all email notifications.
  4. Click Save Settings to save your changes.
    Screenshot of PinterestModifying your email settings
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Managing Your Pins and Pinboards

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After you've been pinning for a while, you may find a need to organize and manage you pins and pinboards.

To Edit a Pin:

  1. While viewing a pinboard, hover the mouse over a pin and then select the Edit button Edit Button.
    Screenshot of PinterestEditing a pin
  2. The Edit Pin page will appear. From here you can change the pin's description, update the link, choose its pinboard, or even delete it.
  3. Click Save Pin when you're ready to save the changes.
    Screenshot of PinterestEditing a pin's details
  4. The pin will be updated with your changes.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing the edited pin
Notice the price tag ribbon that was added to our pin? You can add a price tag ribbon to any pin by typing $ or £ followed by the number amount in the pin's description. This may be helpful if you're using Pinterest to promote your business or if you're trying to compare the cost of different products.

To Edit a Pinboard:

  1. While viewing a pinboard, click the Edit Board button Edit Board Button.
    Screenshot of PinterestEditing a pinboard
  2. The Edit Board page will appear. From here you can change the pinboard's description, choose a category, add another pinner to help you collaborate, or delete it.
  3. Click Save Settings when you're ready to save your changes.
    Screenshot of PinterestEditing a pinboard's details

To Rearrange Your Pinboards:

Anytime you create a new pinboard, it will automatically appear as the newest pinboard on your profile page. Once you've created several pinboards, you may want to organize and rearrange them.
  1. While viewing your profile page, locate and select the Rearrange Boards button Rearrange Button.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking the rearrange pinboards button
  2. Click, hold and drag a pinboard to its desired location.
    Screenshot of PinterestMoving a pinboard
  3. Click the Save Arrangement button Save Button when you're satisfied with the new layout.
    Screenshot of PinterestSaving the pinboard arrangement

To Set a Pinboard Cover:

By default, the newest pin in any pinboard will become the board cover, the large image that appears at the top of each pinboard. If you prefer, you can choose to change a board's cover, which will set a permanent cover image until you decide to change it.
  1. While viewing your profile page, hover the mouse over a pinboard and then select Edit Board Cover.
    Screenshot of PinterestEditing a pinboard's cover
  2. The Board Cover dialog box will appear. Click the arrows to preview different pins from the pinboard.
  3. Click Set Cover when you're satisfied with the cover image.
    Screenshot of PinterestChoosing a pinboard cover
  4. The new pinboard cover will appear.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing the updated pinboard cover
You can also set a new pinboard cover when viewing a pinboard. Simply hover the mouse over a pin and then select Set Board Cover.
Screenshot of PinterestSetting a pinboard cover while viewing a pinboard
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Exploring Pinterest

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Even if you're not planning to build many pinboards of your own, it's fun to explore the variety of beautiful things that people share on Pinterest. There are lots of ways to discover the newest pins and pinboards.

Pinners You Follow

Every time you visit the Pinterest homepage, the newest pins from the pinners you follow will appear, including anything that you've pinned recently.
Screenshot of PinterestViewing recent pins from the pinners you follow

To Browse Pinterest by Category:

Pinterest also allows you to explore pins by topic. This is a great way to discover new pins and pinners. You can also choose to browse videos, popular pins, and gift ideas.
  1. Locate and select Everything and then click the desired category from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of PinterestChoosing a category to browse
  2. Pins that match the selected category will appear.
    Screenshot of PinterestExploring pins in a category

To Search Pinterest:

Sometimes you may be looking for something a little more specific. In our example, Stefanie would like to find some different pictures of the London skyline.
  1. Type a search term into the search bar and press Enter.
    Screenshot of PinterestUsing the search bar
  2. A series of pins that match the search will appear.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing pins in a search
  3. Click Boards to see entire pinboards that match the search.
    Screenshot of PinterestSearching for pinboards

Following Source Links

Anytime you'd like to see where a pin was originally found, you can click it to navigate to the source page for that pin. This can be especially helpful if you're using Pinterest to organize different things like recipes or products.

To Follow a Pin to its Source:

  1. Click a pin to open a larger view.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking a pin to open a larger view
  2. The larger view of the pin will appear. Click the pin again to navigate to the original source link.
    Screenshot of PinterestNavigating to a pin's original source
  3. The original page will appear as a new tab or window in your browser.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing the original source in a new browser tab
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Repins and Likes in Pinterest

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While it's easy to pin images and videos from other pages across the web, the option to repin is what truly makes Pinterest so simple and fun to use. Anytime you find a pin from another Pinterest user that you'd like to save for yourself, you can easily repin it to one of your own pinboards. You can also choose to like a pin to save it.

To Repin a Pin:

  1. When you find something you might like to repin, hover the mouse over the pin and then click the Repin button Repin Button.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking the Repin button
  2. The Repin dialog box will appear. Select the pinboard for the pin from the drop-down list and type a description. When you're ready, click Pin It.
    Screenshot of PinterestRepinning a pin
  3. The confirmation dialog box will appear, confirming that your repin was successful.
    Screenshot of PinterestThe repin confirmation dialog box
When viewing a repin, the original pinner will be credited at the top.
Screenshot of PinterestViewing the repin and the original pinner
You can also comment on pins and mention pins to other Pinterest users. Just hover over a pin and click the Comment button Comment Button. To mention a pin to other users, type the @ symbol followed by their names into the comment.
A screenshot of PinterestAdding a comment and @Mention to a pin

To Like a Pin:

Whether you're planning a future pinboard or just looking for a way to remember your favorite images, it's easy to like pins and access them later.
  1. Hover the mouse over the desired pin and then click the Like button Like Button.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking the Like button
  2. To see the pins you've liked, hover the mouse over the profile icon and then select Likes from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of PinterestNavigating to your liked pins
  3. Your liked pins will appear.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing the pins you've liked
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To Upload a Pin in Pinterest

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Pinterest also allows you to pin personal photos that are stored on your computer by uploading them.
  1. While viewing the Pinterest homepage, locate and select the Add button at the top of the page.
  2. The Add dialog box will appear. Click Upload a Pin.
    Screenshot of PinterestUploading a pin from your computer
  3. The Upload a Pin dialog box will appear. Select Choose File.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking Choose File
  4. The Open dialog box will appear. Select a photo from your computer and then click Open.
    Screenshot of PinterestPicking a photo from the computer
  5. The photo is now uploaded to Pinterest. Select the pinboard for the pin from the drop-down list and type a description. When you're ready, click Pin It.
    Screenshot of PinterestSaving a pin
  6. The uploaded pin will appear on the pinboard.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing the newly upload pin
You can also save a pin from a website by entering its web address. Click the Add button and then select Add a Pin from the Add dialog box. Enter a web address into the text box, choose an image from the site,  type a description, and then click Pin It.
Screenshot of PinterestAdding a pin from a web address
In addition to most images, Pinterest allows you to pin videos from YouTube and Vimeo. Pinning a video is no different from pinning an image. You can even watch a video straight from a pinboard!
Screenshot of PinterestPinning videos from YouTube
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Building a Pinboard in Pinterest

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Building a pinboard is one of the very first things you'll do on Pinterest. Your pinboard can focus on whatever you choose, whether you're using Pinterest to organize the things you find on the web or share with others. Pick a subject that interests or inspires you.
In our example, Stefanie plans to create a pinboard about her new hometown, London. With its iconic buildings, famous artists and storied past, there's almost no limit to what Stefanie might pin about such a historic city—it's all about discovering what kind of pinboard you want to build.

To Create a Pinboard:

  1. While viewing the Pinterest homepage, locate and select the Add button at the top of the page.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking the Add button
  2. The Add dialog box will appear. Click Create a Board.
    Screenshot of PinterestCreating a new pinboard
  3. The Create a Board dialog box will appear. Type a Board Name and select a Board Category from the drop-down list. You can also add other pinners if you want to collaborate on a board with a friend.
  4. When you're ready, click Create Board.
    Screenshot of PinterestAdding details to the pinboard
  5. The new pinboard will appear. Now you're ready to start saving pins.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing the newly created pinboard
If you prefer to keep some of your pins private, you can create a secret pinboard. Navigate to your Profile page, scroll down and then select Create a Secret Board.
Screenshot of PinterestCreating a secret pinboard

Saving Pins

There are several ways to save pins to a pinboard, but the pinmarklet is the simplest way to save things from anywhere on the web.  Whenever you discover something on a webpage that you'd like to pin, you can use the pinmarklet to save a pin without leaving the current page.

To Install the Pinmarklet:

The pinmarklet is basically a bookmark that you will need to install to your internet browser.
  1. While viewing the Pinterest homepage, hover the mouse over the About button and then select Pin It Button from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of PinterestAdding the pinmarklet
  2. The pinmarklet page will appear. Click, hold and drag the Pin It button from the page to your browser's bookmark bar.
    Screenshot of PinterestDragging the pinmarklet to the bookmarks bar
  3. The pinmarklet is now installed.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing the installed pinmarklet
The pinmarklet page will show instructions and a step-by-step video if you need additional help.

To Pin with the Pinmarklet:

  1. Anytime you see something you want to pin on a website, click the pinmarklet in the bookmark bar.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking the pinmarklet on another webpage
  2. A preview of different images you can pin from the page will appear. Hover over the image you want to pin and then click Pin it.
    Screenshot of PinterestChoosing a photo to pin from a page
  3. The Create a Pin dialog box will appear. You will need to log in to Pinterest if you are not currently signed in.
  4. Click the pinboard drop-down arrow to choose a pinboard for the pin.
    Screenshot of PinterestClicking the pinboard drop-down arrow
  5. Select the desired pinboard from the drop-down list.
    Screenshot of PinterestChoosing a pinboard for the pin
  6. Type a description of the pin.
  7. When you're ready to save your pin, click Pin It.
    Screenshot of PinterestAdding detail to a new pin
  8. The Success! dialog box will appear, confirming that your pin has been saved. Click See your Pin to see the pin on its pinboard.
    Screenshot of PinterestNavigating to a new pin
  9. The pinboard will appear with the newly added pin.
    Screenshot of PinterestViewing a newly added pin on a pinboard
You can also create an entirely new pinboard from the pinmarklet. Select the pinboard drop-down arrow, type the name for your new board into the empty text box, and then click Create.
A screenshot of TwitterCreating a new board with the pinmarklet
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