The beginner's guide to Pinterest and learning

The beginner's guide to Pinterest and learning

Summary: Is there more to Pinterest than cupcakes and pouting girls?

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  • 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.

  • There are some websites that now include a "Pin It" button, but most currently do not.

    Instead, you can add a "Pin It" option to your bookmarks bar on your Internet browser. 

    Hover over the "About" option in the right-had corner of Pinterest. Once you select the second option, "Pin It Button", you will be taken to a "Goodies" page.

    By selecting the white button in the middle, it can be dragged to your bookmarks bar. Then, if you find an image you want to pin, you simply have to click the button for the link to be saved, and for you to be taken to a board and description selection page.

  • Searching for themes

    As a visual resource, Pinterest can be used to search for pins or boards concerning a particular theme -- such as 'China' or 'the ocean' quickly. The images you find and repin will have a linked source, so you can find additional information about the content from these links.

    Anything you search for can be divided between individual pins, people, or boards.

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  • Getting Invited

    I have tried 3 times to be invited to use Pinterest and have yet to receive an invitation. What gives?
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