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How to Use (and Enjoy) Pinterest

Updated on December 28, 2014
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Laura has been writing online since 1996. Her first content was sold to a print zine. She is a solo publisher of her own sites.


Pinterest is popular as a social media site. It's also one of he well known content curation sites. Content curation is about keeping content you find online (including content which you create yourself) and using a service, like Pinterest, to manage and display the conent for a specific topic or theme. A long explanation for something which is pretty simple really.

If you take a look at Pinterest you will notice people have several topics in their account. These are the topics which they curate. Think of curation like a museum curator. It's basically the same idea. The curator searches for content and then displays it for other people to see, learn and understand.

Pinterest is mostly women. Ironic considering it's men who claim to be more visual than women.

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Pinterest is Visual

One big thing to keep in mind about using Pinterest, as a content curator, is how visual Pinterest is. Nothing on Pinterest can be displayed without an image, graphic or illustration of some kind. It just doesn't work that way. This visual plan doesn't always work for everything you find online. You may be interested in topics which don't work well visually. (There may not be a lot to choose from). Some of the best visual topics on Pinterest are arts and crafts. One topic which does not succeed well on Pinterest is writing. Writing is about text, not so much images.

If you want to start out on Pinterest know the importance of being visual. If you want to curate content for a topic which isn't working well visually, consider - my favourite content curation site. (I prefer it to Pinterest because not everything I'm interested in works in an extremely visual way).

Pinterest: Reading the Fine Print on the TOS

Like Facebook, Pinterest claims all rights to use (including sell) any content you add to Pinterest. You can find this in the fine print of the TOS (terms of service) which almost no one actually reads. There are people who won't use Pinterest because of the theft of images and artist copyrights.

Don't let this scare you off. If you are pinning one image along with a link back to the original site your use of that image falls under fair use when it comes to copyright law. If Pinterest sells that image, their use will not fall under fair use. Fair use is about using a few lines of text or an image in order to illustrate a point and/ or lead readers to the original source for more information.

However, you should be aware that your images are not really your own online. Any image can be used by hundreds of other people. If you really want to keep your copyrights to your work, don't post it online.

If you read more about the Pinterest fine print you will see Pinterest claims they will pass any legal fees they incur on to you for any image you pin to their site (if the image owner makes a claim against Pinterest for selling the image to a second party).

I am not a legal expert. If you need more information or advice see what you can find online or ask someone who will know a lot more than I do about the twists and turns of the legalities of copyright, fair use and etc.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Working with will make the set up pretty simple and straight forward. It's almost like shopping from a catalogue. Pick your name, pick your size and shape and then the colours you want. If it has a problem, like the file size for your photos, it will tell you and then send you to where Blogger has help for fixing/ working on the problem.

      I started online knowing nothing much about computers. If you just try pressing a few buttons, take a chance, it usually works out one way or another.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much that grrl.I never did a blog so I guess this will be my first try thank you for telling me how to get more traffic. I am excited.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      If you put your garden photos on as a blog post you can load them to Pinterest from there. Plus have links to your crafts photos on the blog so you can get more traffic distributed from your photos. Having the photos from your PC on the blog makes it easy to put them on Pinterest. But it should have worked to load it from your PC, must be some glitch somewhere.

      The only other reason I can think for the photos not to load on Pinterest would be the file type (if they were not .jpg) or the file size (the photo was too big - too many pixels).

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love pinterest to display my boards for recipes or art is fabulous. I tried to upload some pictures of my garden from my pc but they wouldn't let me do that. Good post that grrl.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I added the links to Pinterest versions for men just for someone like you, iefox5.

      I use far more than Pinterest, Kate. But, I like looking at the images others have pinned even more than leaving my own there. If you are writing about something, chances are great you can find an image with a link to something interesting or unusual through Pinterest. Seach a word and then click on "Boards" at the top left.

      Russ, people should not be sending those messages to you on Twitter. Instead they should send an actual Twitter post they have written themselves and tell you why they joined. Those auto posts are just another form of junk mail. Plus, they don't tell you anything about Pinterest and why anyone else would want to join.

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I keep getting email messages about my twitter followers having joined pinterest. I've been putting off learning about it because I am up to my eyeballs in social media, including hubpages. Very well done and informative. I now know a lot more about pinterest than I ever did. Russ Moran

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      I'm not sure I will use Pinterest but will give it a try after reading this. Thanks

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      Pinterest is not attractive for me.