An inspiring quote, a new recipe, creative photography poses and the latest interior design trends—what do these things have in common? You can find them all—and lots more—on Pinterest. Pinterest is a fun tool for saving and organizing things you love, and, no matter what you’re interested in, you can find it on Pinterest.
Learn the Pinterest Lingo
There’s new terminology to learn with every social media site, and, with Pinterest, you’ll need to become familiar with boards and pins. We recommend thinking about Pinterest as a collection of virtual bulletin “boards” to which you can attach your favorite pictures and links with virtual push “pins.”
The pictures you pin might be inspirational or might just be something you like. You can also pin links to sites or information that you think will eventually come in handy (pinning is similar to bookmarking web pages, only it's more visual).
Most people organize their boards by topic, so that they can easily find the pins when they are looking for them in the future. For example, you might have one board for party ideas, one for exercises and one for remodeling projects you’d like to do around the house. Most pins link to a website that includes the picture featured in the pin.
You can follow other people’s boards on topics you like so that you can see what they pin. Their pins will then appear in your feed, which is the first thing you see when you log in to Pinterest. You can even repin items that you like and that you want to save on your own board. If people like what you pin, they’ll follow your boards in return.
If you’re new to Pinterest, you’ll need to set up an account and create your boards before you start pinning. Pinterest has some helpful forums that can get you going:
• Joining Pinterest
• Pins, repins and likes
• Add, edit or delete a board
• Following boards and people
• And lots of other Pinterest basics
Start playing around. You’ll get the hang of it. In addition to re-pinning items you like, you can also install a “Pin It” button for your browser so that you can pin any image at any time while you are surfing the web.
If you have questions about Pinterest, post them on our Facebook page and we’ll try to help.
Find us on Pinterest
Find us at http://pinterest.com/AIPOnlineDiv/. Follow our boards to discover fun street art, eco-friendly designs, graduation party ideas and more. You can also create your own board titled “My Art Institute” where you can pin photos that inspire your creativity or represent your field of study, your dream job or anything else you associate with your experience at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. We look forward to seeing what pins you find!