Pinterest is an online pin board that allows you to pin images from websites (you can also upload them) with a link to the source and a description. It’s also a visual search engine. It’s great for so many things!
Pinterest is also *sort of* a social network (and sort of not really a social network). You can follow people (or individual boards), send friends pins within Pinterest, leave comments on pins, be part of a group board, and more. However, you can be entirely un-social and still use it. In fact, the social components of Pinterest are minor compared to it’s purpose as a visual discovery tool.
What You Can Do With Pinterest
- Create style boards for things you like or mood boards for projects.
- Look at images of beautiful and interesting things (and cute animals).
- Find ideas, inspiration, and information (LOTS of blog posts are pinned to Pinterest).
- Share things you like with other people by sending them to your profile or boards.
- Collaborate with other people with group boards.
- Use it as a visual search engine. This works better with some topics and words than others, but when it works, it’s great!
- Just browse for information in a visual way.
- Follow blogs (bloggers on Pinterest typically pin their blog posts to one or more of their boards).
- Follow brands, bloggers, and others who have great ideas and style—let them do the hard work of discovery for you!
- Organize things you want to read or do (in a visual way!).
- Interact with others about pictures, projects, recipes, articles, etc.
How to Join
What to Do After You Join
- Read the guide and the acceptable use policy.
- Make use of help, if anything is not intuitive.
- Then, just explore and observe for a while! You don’t have to pin anything right way. Just follow others (or browse through their boards) and see how they use Pinterest. Then do it your way. 🙂
Still not sure? Visit Virtuous Weddings on Pinterest and see the potential for yourself!
The Rest of the Planning With Pinterest Series (Coming Soon!)
Part II: What to Pin and What Not to Pin
Part III: What You Can Plan With Pinterest
Part IV: Keeping Your Plans Secret
Part V: Wedding Planing With Pinterest
Part VI: Setting Up Housekeeping With Pinterest