Thursday, January 19, 2012

Introduction to Pinterest

After posting last week’s guide to getting the most out of Pinterest, I realized that some of you may not really be familiar with the new social network just yet. So, here is a beginner’s guide to Pinterest.

Pinterest is a combination of a virtual bulletin board and social networking site. All they ask is that you be nice to others in your postings, and be sure to give credit to your sources when using pictures and images.

Pinterest can be used to show off ideas that you find interesting, things you want to buy and items that others may enjoy. You can share things like diet tips, fashion tips, recipes, home decorating ideas or hair styling ideas. It can be used for anything you'd like to share in a blog-type forum, with pictures pinned there for extra illustrative effect. Although, I have to say, there isn’t much room for text. You can tag and comment on your photos, but that’s the extent of it.

One thing Pinterest is often used for is posting about travel. Review places you have been, places you want to go, and still more places with breathtaking views.

You can also find creative ways to use Pinterest to create boards for your job or business. For example, if you have a teaching career, you can pin ideas for lesson plans to your boards. Or, if you’re a tattoo artist, you can pin artwork to later turn into tattoos.

Once you have pinned some interesting content on Pinterest, you can look to see who is following your pins, and check out the pins they've created. You can virtually "meet" and get to know others who share your interests, making it similar to the other social networking sites. Think of it as a new way to make friends that share in your interests, and to learn new things in the process.

One of the best pieces of advice when beginning to use Pinterest is to take some time to view the things people already have pinned. This will give you a good idea of how it's done, the types of things people find interesting there, and maybe even give you the inspiration you need to create your first board. Then, get ready to have some fun and share your findings with the world.

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