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Pinterest is still invitation-only, but if you want to set up a profile, it doesn't take long once you've registered to receive it through an email address -- it was only six hours for me.
Once you've logged in with an email address and password, you'll see the latest pins from those on your 'following' list -- by default, you'll have ten. Through the setup process, you will be prompted to find others, if you wish, that may interest you.
If you want to find people you know, go to your name and click on the arrow.
A drop-down menu will appear, and you can click on "Find Friends" to conduct a search.
A user can follow boards instead of people if they wish -- so if one particular board interests you, such as "Technology for Children", then you can subscribe to updates on this board only.
- In order to follow a person, click on their name, and "Follow all".
- To chose a particular board, click on the board title, and then select the large red 'Follow' button in the centre.
When you first sign up, Pinterest leads you through a process of creating boards for you, or you can create your own.
Highlight your name in the top-right corner, and use the drop-down menu to select "Boards" to edit any existing boards, or to rearrange them.
To add a new board, use the top menu to select "Add +", and the following options appear: Add a Pin, Upload a Pin, Create a board.
Once you have found an image, article or video you want to pin that is already hosted on Pinterest, hover over it and the "Repin" option appears.
Once you click this, a menu will appear, allowing you to select the correct board you wish to deposit the pin in. If you want, you can also write a short description of the item.