How to Use Pinterest
Heard about Pinterest, but at a loss for how to get started? Follow this easy guide to joining and using the social pin-board site.
How to Pin
1. Install the Pin It Button
The easiest way to add content from any site is to add the "Pin It" button to your web browser. Visit the "Goodies" page on Pinterest to learn how to install it. You can also add pins via the Pin It button on your favorite sites. It will usually be close to the Facebook and Twitter share buttons.
2. Add a Pin
To add a pin to one of your boards, click on either the "Pin It" button in your bookmark bar or on the website you're reading. A screen will pop up asking you to select the image you want to pin (if there's more than one photo on the page), after selecting the image you'll get another window to create the pin. You'll do two things in this window—choose which board to add the pin to and write a description of the image you're pinning. Select the board using the drop down menu in the window. If you want to add your pin to a new board, you can create one directly from the drop down menu as well. Once you've selected the board, write a description of your pin—something to help you remember why you added it to your boards.
3. Create a New Board
To create a new board on your account, click the "Add +" button in the upper right-hand corner of your main Pinterest page. Select the option to Create a Board (more on the other two options on the next page). Give your board a descriptive name so your followers know what types of pins they'll find on it. The category options are set by Pinterest, so select whichever is closest or choose "other" for those wildcard boards. The final option before you create your board is to add another pinner to it. This means that they will have the ability to add pins (and other pinners) to the shared board. They won't, however, be able to edit the title or the category of the board. (Need some inspiration to get started? Check out 8 Pinterest Boards to Create Right Now.)