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What is Pinterest? Pinterest Explained and How to Use it!

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What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a new social media site that is quickly gaining popularity, but it’s a giant step away from the format of Facebook and Twitter. With Pinterest you have a virtual bulletin board where you can “pin” your interests, favorite things and inspirations is a very visual way that makes it fun and easy to browse your saved items.

This platform is perfect for saving your to do craft list, recipes to try, fun activities to try with the kids, organization tips, and on and on! You could even use Pinterest to “Pin” inspiring articles you’d like to reference back to like savings tips or “how to” posts! I even created a Pinterest board on “Gift Ideas for Kids” so I could easily visually browse ideas when needing a gift!

How Pinterest Works

You are able to create “Boards” and “Pins” to organize your finds. A board is a collection of pins and might have a category title like “Things to do with the kids” or “Places I want to visit”.

Then, a pin is an image that can be grabbed from around the web and lets you create a bookmark to that photo and lets you reference that post or website at a later date. You can add in your own pins from images on your computer or sites you may find of interest around the web.

Or, you can “repin” something another Pinterest user has already pinned. Maybe a friend of yours found a great craft on the web and you’d love to add it to your to make list as well, you can repin the image to one of your own personal boards so you don’t lose it!

Get started Pinning!

Pinterest becomes a social network when you start following your friends or other Pinterest users with like interest! You can follow their feeds to see what latest great ideas they have pinned for new suggestions for your own boards.

Pinterest is currently “invite-only” but you can request an invite directly from Pinterest or ask your friends for a personal invite! Once you have an account, just click the Add + button along the top menu bar to get started adding an image link, upload a new image as a pin, or customize your boards.

Who knows – maybe some pins will inspire you to start a hobby business. Not only are they fun, they’re tax deductible, something to remember when you’re filing your taxes with TurboTax online this year!

Be sure to follow A Mom’s Take on Pinterest! I can’t wait to see your pins and connect with you on Pinterest!

Alyssa Alicea

Monday 24th of December 2012

Great article for beginners!

Angelina Jacobs Howell

Saturday 1st of December 2012

thanks for the info easy to understand now !

Rachel Storey

Friday 30th of November 2012

Very helpful. I take pride in my geekdom, but social media isn't my thing. We were at a wedding over the summer and someone said something about pintrest and I said "what's that?", total strangers turned to me with shocked looks.


Friday 23rd of November 2012

Thanks for sharing. I am on Pinerest too I enjoy pinning things and seeing who follows my pins,. lol Happy Holidays. gahome2mom/gmail/com


Tuesday 20th of November 2012

I been use pinterest,but I been following so much that now tells me I need to undo some to follow others but i do not know how to on follow,Can some one tell me how? Thank you.

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