Chances are you have heard about Pinterest quite a lot and you have been convinced that it is one of the hottest social medias on the web. But if you take a look at the website, it might seem a little vague at first to get things done with it. If you feel so, you are in the right place! In this tutorial article, I will show you all the thing you need to know on how to get the most out of this trendy social media.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a highly visual and virtual pinboard that allows you to “pin” or collect images from the web. Creating boards allow you to categorize images and you can add description to your boards as well to remember why you have pinned them. All of these pins link you back to the website where where the photo has appeared. So it makes it easy for you to access that photo whenever you want.
You can create as many pinboards as you want. For example, if you like collecting animal photos, you can create a board and name it “animals”. Or, if you like to collect dress photos, you can create a separate board for it and pin all your dress photos on it.
Users on this social media interact with one another through likes, comments and repinning other people’s pins. All of these characteristics make it a very hot social media with many users.
So, are you ready to get started? Follow the sections below to familiarise yourself with all the aspects of this social media.
Create your free account
It is totally free to use Pinterest, but much like any other social media, you will need to create an account to start using it.
In order to create an account on this website, all you need is an email address and a password. You can also use your Facebook or Gmail account to easily login to this website.
When you are creating your account, you will be asked to provide information such as your name, age, gender, language and country. After that, you will need to choose at least five categories to follow so that you can have a more personalized experience. Try to choose categories which appeal you the most to find more interesting photos.
Manage your profile
On the top right corner of the screen, you can see your name. This exactly where you can access your profile.
In order to setup your profile picture, tap on the three dots icon from the top right side of the screen and then click on Edit settings. On the next page, click on Profile from the left menu and then click on Change picture. You can now upload your photo easily. on this section, you can change your password, language, country or any other personal information about yourself.
On your board, you can see four different sections.
- Boards: All the pinboards that you have created.
- Pins: All the photos that you have pinned.
- Tried: All the pins you have tried and have left feedback on.
- Topics: All the topics you have followed along with some more topics to follow.
How to pin photos to your board
Now that you have set up your profile and you are done with the settings, you can now start getting around on Pinterest and pin photos. You can either pin photos that you see on Pinterest, or pin photos to your board by uploading them from your computer. Here is how you can do that.
Save pins on Pinterest
It is absolutely easy to save a pin to your pin boards. While you are browsing through Pinterest, if you find a photo that interests you, just click on the red Save button to pin it to your pinboard. You will be asked to choose which one of your boards you want to pin your photo to.
Save pins from your computer or the web
Navigate to your profile and go to the Boards or Pins tab and click on Create board or Create pin.
Create pin: If the specific photo is on your computer, you can just upload it. However, if you want to pin a photo that is on the web, you can just copy and paste the URL in the given field to be able to pin it.
How to follow others on Pinterest
If you come across a user or a board and you feel you really like their pins, you can easily follow them to receive their feeds. Simply click on the name of the user to view their profile and then click on Follow.
Also, you can follow specific boards by clicking the Follow button under each board. There are different buttons you can use to interact with other people.
- Send: You can send a pin to other Pinterest users or share it on your social media account.
- Comments: If you have something to say about a particular pin, you can leave a comment.
- Add a photo or a note: If you tried the pin then you can upload your own photo and add a comment about what you did or didn’t like.
Explore new things on Pinterest
Checking your home feed can give a great lot of interesting pins. However, there are other categories you can browse through. There are categories such as Popular, Everything, Videos, Gifts, etc that you can browse through to find new and interesting pins.