Pinterest Basics


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Our class guide for our public education Pinterest class, created by Sara McKinley.

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Pinterest Basics

  1. 1. www.pinterest.comInstructor: Sara McKinley
  2. 2. Ever used one of these?
  3. 3. Did you or someone youknow collectarticles, magazinecutouts, notes, photos orrecipes and pin them to acork board like this?Maybe you still have one?
  4. 4. What is Pinterest?Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful thingsyou find on the web. People use pinboards to plan theirweddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favoriterecipes.Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people.Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things andget inspiration from people who share your interests.
  5. 5. What is a Pin?A Pin is a visual representation of a link to the original source ofinformation. For example, clicking on the picture (Pin) of the Hamand Potato Casserole takes you to the recipe on the originalwebsite.
  6. 6. What is a Pinboard?A Pinboard is a collection of Pins centered around a particulartheme.
  7. 7. It’s the cork board if the digital age! Now you can save all of thatvaluable, inspiring or entertaining information on the Internet in afun and interesting way.
  8. 8. ExamplesRedecorate yourHome!Savepatterns, furniture, andaccessories that catchyour eye. Use asinspiration or evencreate a wishlist ofproducts you plan tobuy so that you canremember where topurchase them later.
  9. 9. ExamplesPlan a Wedding!Pick outcolors, flowers, cakes,clothing, gift ideas, andmore. Family andfriends could evenleave comments andsuggestions.
  10. 10. Searching for a PinTyped “how to change oil” in the searchbar
  11. 11. Searching for a PinFound several Pins about how to changethe oil in my car
  12. 12. Viewing a Pin When I click on the Pin, I can seeMore Pins on the Pinboard some more information about it.this person pinned the articleto The website source of the Pin Who originally created the Pin andOther Pins from the anysame source comments about it
  13. 13. Viewing a PinIf I want to look at the website or article the Pin isreferring to, I can simply click on the picture.
  14. 14. Viewing a PinIs this article on howto change the oil inmy car somethinguseful that I wouldlike to read againlater?
  15. 15. RepinningIf so, I can click the Repin button to add it to one ofmy Pinboards.
  16. 16. RepinningWhen I click the Repin button, anew window will appear where Ican choose the Pinboard I wouldlike to Pin it to (or create a newPinboard if I don’t have one for ityet). I can also edit the Pin’sdescription. When I’m finished Ican click the Pin It button andmy new Pin will appear on theboard I’ve chosen.
  17. 17. RepinningHere is mynew Pinon myDIY/CraftingPinboard.Now I canread thatarticle againwhenever Iwant.
  18. 18. SocializingThere is also a social aspect to Pinterest in that you can “Like” a pin(much like “Liking” a post on Facebook) or you can comment on aPin.
  19. 19. SharingYou can also Share a Pin with others on Facebook, Twitter or byemail.
  20. 20. Browsing PinsIf you don’t havesomething specific tosearch for and are justlooking for inspiration,try browsing byCategories or seewhat’s Popular.
  21. 21. The “Pin It” ButtonNot only can you Repin what others have alreadyPinned on Pinterest, but you can also create new Pinsyourself while browsing the Internet. There are severalways to do this. For example, you can Pin things that you find while browsing the Internet by using the handy Pin It button often found on websites.
  22. 22. The “Pin It” BookmarkletYou can also add a “Pin It” Bookmarklet button toyour Internet browser’s toolbar to make pinning thingsyou find on the Internet even easier when a “Pin It”button isn’t available on the website itself.
  23. 23. The Pinterest App There’s even an App for Pinterest – be inspired and pin wherever you go on your smartphone or tablet.
  24. 24. How do I sign up? Go to www.pinterest.comSign up with yourFacebook or Twitteraccount if you haveone.(or)Sign up using youremail address.
  25. 25. How do I sign up?If you choose to use your Facebook or Twitter account for Pinterest,you will sign in with your usual Facebook or Twitter username andpassword on a page like the ones below:
  26. 26. How do I sign up?If you choose to create anaccount using an emailaddress rather than aFacebook or Twitteraccount, you will create aUsername, enter your Emailaddress, create apassword, enter your Firstand Last name, and selectyour gender. You can alsoupload a profile photo (if youused a Facebook or Twitteraccount instead, your profilephoto will updateautomatically to match yourFacebook or Twitteraccount).
  27. 27. How do I sign up?You now have aPinterest account!You should see ablank page to getstarted.
  28. 28. How do I get started? You can add a description about yourself or a favorite quote to appear below your name by clicking in the space that says to write a little bit about yourself.
  29. 29. How do I get started?Clicking on the little grey boxes will allow you toadd even more information about yourself if youwish, such as your personal website (if you haveone) and the location you live in.
  30. 30. How do I get started?Clicking on the “Edit Profile” button will allow you to do all ofthese things plus you can edit your account using thisbutton. You can change the email address that you use tolog in, change your password, your profile picture, etc. all inone place.
  31. 31. How do I get started?You can also do the exact same things by clicking on yourname in the upper-right corner and clicking “Settings” in thedrop-down menu.
  32. 32. How do I get started?Now I have a profile picture, a quote or description, and thestate I live in displayed. You can add to, delete or edit yourprofile again any time with the Edit Profile or Settingsoptions.
  33. 33. Let’s get inspired!Click on the Pinterest logo at the top of yourscreen.
  34. 34. Let’s get inspired!If you are brand new to Pinterest, you will probably see a pagelike this which suggests boards in different interest categoriesfor you to follow. Once you start following other People orBoards, you will see their latest pins here in your Feed.
  35. 35. Let’s get inspired!Once you find aPin that youlike, you canlook at theboard that it ispinned to andsee if you likeother things onthat board.
  36. 36. Let’s get inspired!If you do find aboard that youlike a lot, youcan Follow it tosee what otherthings thatperson Pins tothat board inthe future byclicking the“Follow” button.
  37. 37. Let’s get inspired!You can also find friends to Follow with the “Find Friends” or“Invite Friends” options by using the main menu under yourname.
  38. 38. Let’s get inspired!Once you startFollowing otherBoards orPinners(people), theirmost recentPins will showup in yourFeed. Youaccess yourFeed by clickingthe Pinterestlogo at the topof the website.
  39. 39. Create a BoardYou can createa new Board asyou find itemsyou want topin, or you cancreate a Boardby accessingthe Boardspage from youraccount menu.
  40. 40. Create a BoardIf you create a newBoard, you will beable to: name yourboard, select acategory mostrelated to the contentof the board, choosewhether or not tomake the boardSecret*, and inviteothers to Pin to theboard.*Pinterest now allows you to create a few “Secret” boards that onlyyou can see. This is helpful if you want to create a collection of Pinsfor a surprise party, for example.
  41. 41. Create a BoardOnce you’ve created a Board, you can always go back andedit the board or delete it by clicking the “Edit Board” button.
  42. 42. Activity & Followers As you start to use Pinterest more, you’ll notice that other Pinners will follow you and your boards. You can see who is following you by clicking “Followers” and see who you are following by clicking “Following.”
  43. 43. Activity & FollowersYour Feed willalso start todisplay asummary ofrecentActivity(Pinners thathave liked orrepinned yourpins, startedfollowingyou, boardsyou’ve beeninvited torecently, etc.)
  44. 44. Further HelpStill havequestionsaboutPinterest?You can find theanswers bygoing to the“About” menuand then “Help.”You can alsofind out all aboutthe “Pin It”button andmore.