17 January 2016

Tech | Start up guide to Pinterest - hitting 6k

As a pinterest addict, I think I am in a good position to write this start up guide  which should be useful if you are wanting to get into Pinterest and you haven't yet joined or not sure where to start if you have.

Some of my boards
Pinterest launched in 2010, and I am trying to think how long I have had my account.. I think around 4 years. When I joined you needed to apply and you had to wait 24 hrs before you could get started, unless you knew someone who already had membership then they could invite you.  Once I had membership I invited a few friends and that was much quicker than brand new users.

Anyways things have changed, you can just join now like you would any other app and you can link to your Facebook if you want to. I don't link to any other platform, as I think followers would get a little mad with my notifications as a day doesn't go by that I don't pin something.

I mostly pin on iPhone or iPad but you can from desktop and there is even a link you can add to your favourites bar which shows you all the posts possible from that webpage.

According to Pinterest there is now 50+ BILLION pins to explore and it only takes 15 seconds to join.

Some of my boards
What is Pinterest?
It is basically a mood board / idea sourcing app where you can have unlimited boards and source your images from anywhere on the internet.

Don't fall into the trap thinking you are pinning things from google. You are pinning mostly from blogs, articles, magazines and shops. So when you are starting out it is better to source within the app than add from the outside. It's surprising how much is already out there. 

You are 'stealing' from someone else's board so they will be notified. They won't mind, they probably got it from someone else too. When you click the image you have pinned, it should take you to the source of the image like a recipe, but sometimes when its been shared so much it becomes a dead end and you just have to keep the image for reference instead of purpose. 

It's strange to see what is popular as over time 3k people might have the same picture on a board but over 600 of them might get it from you. 

I have 36 boards... all are very different....containing 6k pins!

I also have 7 secret boards, 1 of those I share with my friend and we pin things on there we are both interested in. It's easier than messaging each other we just pin.

Sharing board?  This is good if you are planning an event and other people you follow can add pins / images / posts to the board as this is unlimited and not everyone will search the exact same word so you will get different results. This is unlimited just add them in the set up of the board or afterwards in edit.

Why make a secret board? Well I didn't at first, but then you have a good idea and you want to look into it further before sharing with friends / followers. You can make it public at anytime in the settings for that board but what it means is that when you pin no notifications are given and also no one can see your board within your profile. I have over 900 pins that are private over 7 boards.

Whats the different between a like and a pin?
You can like pin someone else has pinned without following them and without pinning it to one of your boards. You can tell from my likes, i don't really like much. If I like something I pin it for later. This app remembers everything! 

Can you message someone you follow?
Yes you can. If you are on a pin, you can share it by clicking on the flying envelope and forward to someone with a comment, I do this quite alot, its a good way of recommending a pin to a follower and they might add it to a board.

Who do you follow?
I follow bloggers, shops and magazines mostly - I do follow other pinners who have similar interests but compared to my Instagram I keep my followings to a minimum so I can see what others have been pinning on my news feed.

What are your Top 5 most pinned boards?

Fashion Wardrobe 1223 pins - I have 2 separate boards for A/W and S/S fashion, but anything that is my signature style or what I wish was in my wardrobe I pop here for reference - having a board with over 1k images does mean I sometimes try to pin items twice and the app will say, you already have this.. oops

Food & cocktails 1205 pins - Do I need to explain? I pop anything on here for the way it is displayed, I have got some great ideas from this. I also save recipes I want to try or cocktails I want to drink.

House & Garden dreams 602 pins - It doesn't matter where you live, you will always want something new or bigger and better.. this is what lives on here. I am not saying I will do these things but its nice to dream.

Autumn / Winter trends 347 pins - Links to fashion wardrobe, mostly on here is coats, faux fur trends, wrapping up warm for the wintery months.

Bits and Bobs 300 pins - Eeek I have a miscellaneous board. I never wanted one of these but sometimes things just don't fit into my other 35 boards and I will pop it here. I might sort it out one day.

Hope this guide has been useful. If you want to follow me you can @Misskeveryday I am always pinning something.  My latest board is top secret so things maybe quieter than usual..

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