What is it?
It’s the newest social sharing tool that has taken off in 2012. According to Pinterest’s website, “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
Businesses are using Pinterest to drive traffic to their website. Just another fun way to engage your customers!
How do I start?
Right now it is by invite only, so you can request an invite on their home page: http://pinterest.com/ or if you have friends already using it, ask them to send you an invite!
When I started my Pinterest board, I was given an invite through Facebook, so it connected with me with my Facebook friends that already use Pinterest.
Under Settings, you may choose to turn ON the link to Facebook, Add Pinterest to Facebook; and link to your Twitter account.
The Settings area is where you may add a blurb about yourself (if you wish), a link to your website; and an image of yourself that can be synced with either your Facebook or Twitter account!
In the top left area, under your name, it shows how many people are following you and who you are following (similar to Twitter). Each Board you can edit the title, description, who can pin to this board, the category; and if you wish to delete the board.
How do I add items to my Boards?
Clicking on the ADD + button in the top right corner will bring up:
Click Add a Pin to paste a website url address
Click Upload a Pin to add an image from your computer (no files, just images!)
Click Create a Board allows you add new board and who can pin to it, yourself or yourself or contributors
Have fun pinning!