What is Pinterest?

What is Pinterest? from The Wholesaler | Scrapbooking Essentials

By: The Wholesaler | Scrapbooking Essentials  09-06-2012
Keywords: Scrapbook, scrap booking, Google +1

Have you heard about Pinterest? Well, to behonest when I first heard about yet another social media platform I actuallydecided that I would not even go take a look! I mean we have Facebook, Twitter,Google +1 etc. what more can a person do to stay “social” online? I stayedstrong for a couple of weeks and then curiosity got the better of me…I just hadto sneak a peek!

At first I did not create an account, I justlooked at the pins that other people posted, anything from food recipes,fashion, photography, clever DIY goodies and loads of amazing scrapbooking& craft projects! It was not long before I wanted to keep some of thosepins saved somewhere in order to refer back to them. I’m standing here today,in front of all of you, and I must admit that I have become a bit of aPinterest addict! It’s nothing like any of the other social media platforms…andit’s just too much fun!

So what is it exactly?

You know when you’re browsing online and seesomething you love and don’t want to forget? What do you do – email it toyourself? Print it out and put it in a binder? Bookmark it on your computer?Well, now there is a simple solution, you just “pin” it… Pinterest is a websitethat allows you to “pin” things online, just as you would pin them on a reallife bulletin board, but instead, Pinterest saves all of your pins on youraccount so that you can access them easily. Plus, you can follow friends onPinterest and “repin” things that they have already pinned on your Pinterestboards or browse a live feed of items that are being pinned by strangers whenyou’re searching for inspiration.

How do I get started?

The first thing you’ll need to do is get aPinterest account. You can go to the Pinterest website and request an invite(yes, there’s currently a waiting list) or ask a friend who is already onPinterest to send you an invite (it’s a little faster this way).

Once you’re on, the next thing you’ll need isthe “Pin It” button installed in your browser toolbar. This magic little buttonis 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 andhover above “About,” then click on “Pin It Button” and follow the directions todrag the button into your toolbar.

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

Let’s share pins!

Remember to follow us on Pinterest – fin ushere www.pinterest.com/thewholesaler

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