Focus on: Pinterest

WHAT it is, HOW to use it and WHY it can be very useful…

The short video on the right that gives you a simple explanation of Pinterest and how it works.
Two minutes of education that may well get you interested in Pinterest, so that you can use it to your advantage. 🙂
If you prefer you can read the page which gives you more information on how to make the most of Pinterest.
This short video is from YouTube. To get rid of the advert (that's how YouTube make their money) click on the x in the top right hand corner of the ad. Whoosh… it's gone! Oh yes, the ad. can appear at any time, and not always at the beginning. :-) 

So, what, exactly, is Pinterest?

You know when you're browsing online and see something you like and don't want to forget? What do you do -- email it to yourself? Print it out and put it in a binder? Bookmark it on your computer?
Now there's a simple way to compile all of the great things you find online -- from clothes to DIY home ideas to inspiration for your bathroom remodel -- to more topics, say, about 'learning' something new.
That's where Pinterest may be able to help.
Let's assume that you have, say, an interest in history. There are probably millions of websites now that specialise in history, and then there will be sub-categories, ie Ancient, Modern, Social and so on.
What Pinterest does is to pull together some ideas on to one page. Then, once you've searched on a particular topic, it let's you go off on a journey to find out more.
Does using Pinterest cost me anything?
Good news. No.
Pinterest is a website that allows you to "pin" things online, just as you would pin them on a real life bulletin board, but instead, Pinterest saves all of your pins on your account so that you can access them easily. Plus, you can follow friends on Pinterest and "re-pin" things that they have already pinned on your Pinterest boards. You can even browse a live feed of items that are being pinned by strangers when you're searching for inspiration.
Still feeling a bit lost? Let's walk through it and see what you need to do.
How do I get started pinning?
The first thing you'll need to do is get a Pinterest account. You can go to the Pinterest website and request an invite (currently there is a waiting list, so setting up an account may take a while). The other option, which is better, if you know a friend or a member of your family who is already on Pinterest you can ask them to send you an invitation to join.
Pin It
The next step…
Once you've set up your Pinterest account, the next thing you'll need is the "Pin It" button installed in your browser toolbar. This magic little button is a piece of software you download to your computer, tablet or smartphone, and this is what allows you to pin things online. Installing the button is very easy -- when you're in your Pinterest account, look to the upper right-hand corner and hover above "About," then click on "Pin It Button" and follow the directions to drag the button into your toolbar.

Or instead of using the "Pin It" button, you can also copy and paste links from sites you like, and it will search for photos from that page, which you can then pin. You can also upload photos from your computer.

This is what you do next…
The easiest way is to use the Search Box on the Pinterest website. Once you do that it can start you on a journey that is really fun. But it is also a serious tool to help you too, especially if you're stuck for inspiration on buying a present for someone. But it's also a place to have fun too, so it isn't just about spending money (on someone else or even you!)

To find out more hit the button below and it will take you to the Pinterest website.


Get pinning
What am I suppose to pin?
Here's the great thing about Pinterest -- you can pin anything you want! Everyone uses it for different things -- from saving recipes that you want to make at some time, to saving articles that you want to reference later.
A few suggestions…
Patio Ideas, Decking, flowers, dahlias, shoes, handbags, tools, lawn mowers, bricks, history, social history, politics, shelving, website design, mosaics, tiles, kitchen ware, saucepans, pan racks, cutlery, photography, lenses, scarves, ties, shirts, belts, geography, science, the universe, holidays, aircraft, classic cars, trains, boats, yachts, jokes, cartoons, minions etc.
A fun one to try is "optical illusions" …this throws up some fascinating pins that will have you looking more than twice!
The list is a very long one and only limited by your imagination. So Pinterest can easily be whatever you want it to be.
As you start pinning, create "Boards" that categorise your pins, making them easy for you to find later. Pinterest suggests some to get you started, but usually you'll want to create your own to fit what you love to pin. It takes a while to get the hang of creating boards -- they need to be the perfect combination of general and specific -- but the more you pin, the better your boards will become.
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About the "Repin" function on Pinterest… this is how it works…
Once you've added friends to your Pinterest account -- you follow them as you follow Facebook or Twitter friends -- you will have a customized feed where you can see all of the fantastic things that they're pinning too. See an idea you love? Just hover over that pin in the feed and click on the "Repin" button to add it to one of your boards.
We hope it's a bit clearer for you now and that Pinterest proves to be of use.
No time like the present… Start pinning!
And don't forget that clicking on any of the images will open up another page with lots more ideas on whatever it is that's currently got your interest.
(Or should that be Pinterest?) 🙂