Pin a Few of Your Favorite Things with Pinterest

By Marsha Collier

Perhaps you’ve heard about Pinterest (the virtual scrapbooking site) and want to start your own Pin Boards to share with your friends? There’s the place that when you find images you like from around the web, you can post (share) them with your friends.

[Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/DragonImages]

Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/DragonImages

Pinterest allows you to theme your Pin Boards by title, so you can collect various images and categorize them for easy sharing.

Go to Pinterest, look for the Sign Up link, and click it. Pinterest asks whether you’d like to join by connecting through your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Realize that this type of sign-up method gives Pinterest some “permissions” on your social network accounts. You can read the details, but the less permission you give, the less all those big-data algorithms out there will be perusing your friends’ information.

Sign up with your e-mail address, and the process will request a little personal information (such as your gender), so Pinterest gets an idea of who you are. Next, you’ll have to upload a photo; the site won’t be taking a profile picture from one of your other social media accounts.

Pinterest suggests some boards for you to follow; they want you to follow at least five. Follow topics that pique your interest. These choices are not set in granite, you can unfollow anything on Pinterest at any time.

Once you’ve made your selections, you will receive an e-mail to verify your e-mail address. Follow the instructions on the e-mail, and you will arrive back on Pinterest.

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Now that you’re officially a member, you need to create a Board. Or several. Your Pin Boards are where you share images from your computer or from the web. Click the Create Board + sign and you’ll get the Create a Board form shown.

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When you have the Create a Board form onscreen, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Give your Board a title. Name it something catchy that describes the sort of images you plan to share on the Board.

  2. Describe the types of things you plan to share.

  3. Select a category from Pinterest’s lists of categories. Sometimes it’s hard to decide, but what the heck, give it your best guess.

  4. Put the pin on a map if you wish to share your location. This comes in handy when you want to share images from travel.

    Secret Boards are handy when you do holiday shopping on the web. No one can see the Secret Boards you create; they’re kept hidden from prying eyes.

  5. Once you’ve filled out the form, click Create Board. You’ll be faced with a blank Board named with your title.

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Click Add a Pin, and you will be able to upload an image from your computer, or from the web by typing in the URL (web address) of the page where the image appears.

To use the add-on widget extension from a web page, just click the image you want to post and a Pin It icon appears. Click Pin It and a Pick A Board post form appears. Fill out the form, decide whether you’d like to share to Facebook or Twitter, and click Pin It.

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When you’ve set up your account, you can find friends to follow by clicking your name in the upper-right corner. You can also share Pins from their pages on yours.

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