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Interest in Pinterest? Here's How To Get Started

Thursday, September 26, 2019
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If you want ideas for a party, inspiration for your grandchild’s wedding, or a delicious recipe with mouthwatering photos, where do you go? Pinterest is the answer! On the most visual social media platform—second only to Instagram—you can collect images and photos. However, it’s easy to feel overloaded with the variety of options available. Where do you start?

Signing up for an account is easy. Pinterest will walk you through each step after you put in your email, username, and other details. The site will also guide you to ensure that your feed, the pins that display on your home page, is curated to fit your tastes and interests. With that in mind, you need to select a list of categories. If you’re interested in recipes and DIY projects, then let Pinterest know! It will make using the site more fun.

After your account is set up, it’s time to start creating boards and finding pins. Think of a digital bulletin board, where you’ll pin up all the photos you want to save. You can choose whether you want this board to be secret or not. If it is, you’re the only one who can see it. If it’s public, anyone on Pinterest can see it. Once you’ve decided on privacy settings for your board, come up with a name. Most Pinterest users name boards based on their category. Maybe you want a board for party ideas, and another for dinner recipes, and another for wedding inspiration. After you create and save these boards, you can start searching for pins. Type a keyword into the search bar, and see what comes up! 

With Pinterest’s latest updates, you can hover over the top of an image you want to save. Pinterest will guess, based on the image’s content, what board you want to save it to. If their algorithm gets it right, click Save. If Pinterest gets it wrong, click the drop-down arrow and manually select which board you want it to be saved to. 

Once you’ve saved a few pins, you might want to edit them. If you want to save it to another board instead, or remove someone else’s description, just click the pencil icon. Then, you can make all the changes you want. 

After you get the hang of Pinterest’s basic functions, you might want to follow others, or send pins. Use the search bar to find usernames. After you click on that username, you can follow them. Then, their pins will start showing up in your home feed. You can also hover over the top of an image, click Send, then type the username of the person you want to send it to. Once your pin sends, you’ve started a new conversation! You can now send messages or more Pins.

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