Pinterest is now open to EVERYONE - so everyone can sign up!! Please go to Pinterest.com to sign-up.
If you have not heard of Pinterest by now, you are really missing something! I talk about it all the time and my friends are obsessed with it [and so am I].
So what is Pinterest?
It is a virtual pinboard and the most popular upcoming social media site. On Pinterest, you can browse pins and create pinboards organized into categories you can create like a wedding board, travel board, recipes board, style board, etc. You organize the things you like and the things you find on the web into your boards. More about Pinterest here.
What can I use Pinterest for?
Personally, I use Pinterest for creative ideas, for style tips and for some good laughs. Although I have a wedding board, those pins in that board are just for ideas later. I also have a few boards on my obsessions like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, recipes, travel and more.
You can use Pinterest for creative ideas on redecorating in your apartment or home, to find new recipes to try out, to find cheap gifts, to find new clothes and so much more! I also look at puppies and other cute things on Pinterest as well :]
How do I get started with Pinterest?
Pinterest is now open to everyone, so you do not need to actually invite people anymore. If you do get an invite, you can still sign up via your invite with your email.
Sign up with Facebook or Twitter next. You need to allow access through Facebook or Twitter, so you *must* click allow. When I signed up, I chose Facebook so here is what you should see:
Oh the next page, after you allow access from your Facebook account, you will be prompted to create a Pinterest username and provide your email and a password. To my knowledge, you cannot change your Pinterest username so please pick something you will remember and something appropriate.
After you enter in your information, you will be prompted to pick your interests and Pinterest will suggest people for you to follow AND Pinterest will automatically follow people for you. You can unfollow people you do not want to later.
The next page you will see will be entitled "Create Boards." Click that blue button and it will take you to your "Create Your First Pinboards" page.
Here, you will create at least five different boards that you think you will "pin" images into later. It gives you five automated categories and suggestions on the side:
After you create your boards, you can watch the video if you choose and then click "Start Pinning" to start your pinning journey!
You then go to your "home" page where you will see a lot of images from people you are automatically following based on your Facebook friends and your interests you selected earlier. To unfollow people, click your name in the upper right hand corner, which will take you to your profile. Then under your name on the left hand side, it will say how many people you are following. Click that number and it will take you to the page where you can unfollow people if you choose.
To find other people to follow, again hover over your name in the upper right hand corner and click "find friends" to find your friends via Facebook or Twitter.
Anytime you want to return to your "home" page, click the Pinterest logo at the very top of your page.
How to pin images:
When you see an image you click, hover over the image and click "repin" to pin the image into one of your boards and a box like this will pop up:
Where it says "Books Worth Reading" or another one of your categories, this is where you select where this image should actually be pinned. If you pin something into the wrong category, you can also change that later by going back to your profile and editing boards and images.
You can also search at the top for any topic you are interested in and find other users to follow that way as well.
To browse different categories, hover over "Everything" at the top and select the category you want to browse. You can find very cool stuff that way!
I hope this guide was helpful for helping you to sign up for Pinterest! Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with anything Pinterest related.
HAVE FUN PINNING!!