Old Post WarningThis was written over 2 years ago and may be out of date.
Pinterest is a social network to share images or videos, one at a time. Users can comment, like, or re-pin. In order to sign up, you’ll need either a Facebook login or a Twitter login. Pinterest doesn’t have its own login option at this time.
“Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.” from http://pinterest.com/about/
Pinterest consists of:
- People – Pinterest’s members (individuals, groups, businesses, etc.)
- Boards – The “bucket” that Pins are collected into. They can be named anything you want and you can have an unlimited number of Boards.
- Pins – Each item you post to Pinterest is called a Pin. Even the Pinterest logo looks like a push-pin that you would stick something to a corkboard with.
Pinterest Quick Info
- Pinterest is the fastest growing single website in history, per ComScore (growth charts: http://siteanalytics.compete.com/pinterest.com/ http://www.google.com/trends/?q=pinterest)
- Pinterest bookmarklet, phone app, logo, favicon, “follow” buttons, and instructions for adding “Pin It” buttons to your website
- Pinterest’s terms of service and guidelines for use.
- Pinterest’s copyright terms have come into question because 1) it says Members cannot post something they aren’t allowed to post, and 2) Pinterest can pretty much do whatever they want with the Member content (e.g. Pinned images). See the “Member Content” section in Pinterest’s Terms to read for yourself.
- Pinterest 101, Profile and Account Settings, and other how-to’s
- Pinterest news, events, how-to’s, and trends
- Keep track of the most popular Pinterest Members
- Keep up with Pinterest news and how-to’s from Mashable
- Pinterest’s YouTube channel, with video tutorials on how to add the Pinterest bookmarklet.
- One of the distinctive features of Pinterest compared with Facebook is that you can follow a Member’s individual Boards, or you can follow all of a Member’s Boards. This is like following certain categories of Facebook posts from an individual Facebook user… if Facebook posts had categories.
- It’s like telling Pinterest member “Fictitious Susie” that you’re interested in her “Home Decorating” pins but not her “Hunting and Fishing” pins.
- Fictitious Susie might have 10 following all her Boards, 20 following her Home Decorating Board, and 23 following her Hunting and Fishing Board.
- My least favorite part of Pinterest is that only large resolution images can be pinned. Pinterest won’t let you pin a URL that doesn’t have images or that has images smaller than Pinterest’s chosen size. I’m not recommending that you upload really high-res photos and take up unnecessary server space and slow down your web page loading time. Instead, try pinning your own content as a test to make sure the image(s) you want Pinterest to find actually work.
- How to take full-page screenshots of any URL (with cropping funtionality and Pinterest integration): http://snapito.com/ – so you can Pin websites that don’t have images (Thanks, Wayne Harriman.)
- How to Make your Boards one big image: http://mashable.com/2012/02/16/pinterest-hack-how-to/
- Pinterest has become one of the largest referring sites. In other words, people pin stuff from a website and people click on the pin’s image, which takes them to the website where the pin originated from.
- How to disallow Pinning things from your website (boo!?):
- You can’t pin anything from a URL that includes “pinterest.com”, and that includes their own blog posts. Maybe they don’t even realize that, but that’s the way it is as of this writing.
- Include a dollar sign and numbers (e.g. $15) in your Pin and Pinterest will slap a ribbon across the image to show the price. And then it’ll also show up in the Gifts drop-down from the top menu bar: http://pinterest.com/gifts/. Pretty neat.
- Browse everything at Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/all/ (or hit the “Everything” button at the top when logged in). Also check out http://pinterest.com/popular/
- At TourKick, we love video so this one’s near to our hearts: http://pinterest.com/videos/
- Find your friends on Pinterest or invite new ones at http://pinterest.com/invites/
- You don’t have to be following each other to use “at mentions” (@someone’s name) to share pins with others.
Hopefully that’s enough helpful information to get you not only started but well on your way to becoming a Pinterest Pro!
Please comment below if you have any questions or helpful tips of your own.