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  • What is Pinterest?

  • What are some examples? If you love trips to Disney World, create a board to celebrate the vacation destination. Include pictures of your favorite rides, foods you’ve enjoyed and even characters you’d like to meet on your next trip. Wedding boards are very popular as well. Brides-to-be pin images of stunning gowns, creative centerpiece ideas, hair accessories and honeymoon destination ideas.

     

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  • What are some examples? If you love trips to Disney World, create a board to celebrate the vacation destination. Include pictures of your favorite rides, foods you’ve enjoyed and even characters you’d like to meet on your next trip. Wedding boards are very popular as well. Brides-to-be pin images of stunning gowns, creative centerpiece ideas, hair accessories and honeymoon destination ideas.
    How do I join? Pinterest is free; however, you need an invitation to join. Potential members can request an invitation on the site’s home page or ask a friend who is a member to send an invitation. Pinterest simply requests an email address from members. After your invitation has been offered and you’ve accepted, you can create an account password and user name, or sign in using your Twitter or Facebook accounts.
    How do I pin something to my board? There are multiple ways to make a pin, but after creating an account, Pinterest will prompt you to add a “Pin It” button to your browser’s toolbar, which is the fastest way to create a pin. When you find something interesting to add to one of your boards, click on your Pin It button and follow the prompts. You can also add a Pinterest app to your smartphone. Do you have your own website? Add the Pinterest “Follow Me” button to your site or a “Pin It” button, just as you would the link buttons for Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon and other social networking sites.
    What can I put on my pinboards? Pinboards offer a virtual world for users to create unique collections of images. The site provides pinboard categories such as art, fitness, gardening, holidays, home décor, kids, sports, travel and weddings. You can choose to use these categories for your collections, or you can create your own boards.
    Who can see my pinboards? Any Pinterest member can see your boards and subscribe to follow them. You can also look at other members’ boards and follow your favorites. Like Twitter and Facebook, you will have friends you follow and who follow you. Members can comment on images and repin (copy) images from one board to their own. Only you can pin images to your boards, or you can choose people to pin on one of your boards, too.
    Who is using Pinterest? ­Founded in 2010 by Ben Silbermann and Paul Sciarra, Pinterest, according to TechCrunch.com, now has more than 10.4 million users, with about 9 million of those users connecting via their Facebook accounts. Based on data from Inside Network, TechCrunch reports 97 percent of the people who click “like” on Pinterest’s Facebook are female.
     
     

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