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Pinterest: An Article About Things that You Ought to Know
First, go to Google (or the search engine which you use) and type 'Pinterest'. The first, or one of the top ones listed, should be their major site "Pinterest". Go there.
If you are not a member then there is a box with a few ways to sign in and below "Sign in with Facebook" it says, “Sign up with E Mail”. Click on the Sign up with email, enter your name, etc. and after filling that out they will guide you through it to join.
Do you believe that you know all about Pinterest?
You may not. Read on and find out whether you do or whether you may learn something new from this Hub.
They have changed their "log in" page slightly. Now the "log in" may still be in the same spot where it was before. Sometimes it is on the left side (bottom corner), or the top right corner. You still click on that and you will get the same page to sign in with.
After you have become a member there are many photos and images to view – "What do I do now?", you may ask. Every time that you log in you should first be on the Home Page. The search box stretches across the screen and there is a small box with three vertical lines in it. Click on this and it shows a large list of categories for you to pick from where you wish to look. If what you look for is not listed, then just left of that box is a rectangle for typing in a specific area – or even someone’s name – to search for. The search box - type in a name and hit the 'Enter' button.
Moving towards the upper right along that same bar we have a rectangle with the name you signed up with. Just to the left of your name is a photo which you entered into your profile when you signed up. At the bottom “The Pin it button is the easiest way to pin things from around the web.”
To the right of your name is another square box with two images (pushpins) in it. When the pushpins change into numbers - you click on the number(s) and you will see a box below, at the top it says "News", "You", and "Messages".
When you click on 'News' it tells you what others are doing on Pinterest. If 'You' has a red dot, to its left, and is clicked, this means that the list below notifies you when a person/people pin (or follow) photos/boards, or like your photos, your board(s). 'Messages' lets you know that someone has typed a note about one, or more, of your photos.
They have changed things again. Now click on your name. You will go to your Your Profile & Pins. Just below the search box, in the center, is where you will see your profile photo and name. Now the photo does nothing when you click on it. To the right of that is the 'Edit Profile' box, and then a gear box where you can click on the 'gear' (or the little arrow) to see: Account Settings, Make a Widget and Log Out.
Just below your name is your website, or blog, link. Beneath that is a row showing how many boards, followers, people you follow,etc. then it shows all of your boards.
When you click on your name and then the gear you will see what is in the table:
Name & Gear box
Your Profile & Pins
Shows your boards and photos
Shows what you wrote when you signed in
Make a Widget
App to be added
Close Pinterest - sign out
The first item listed on the settings page is your Email Address. Listed after that is your Password. After that is the Language which you chose when you signed up, and it can be changed. Next is the country that you officially live in – such as you may live in the United States, or in Europe. After the country is your gender; you state whether you are male or female or unspecified.
Search Privacy – this is where you decide whether or not you want other members who pin photos from your boards to see the profile which you created on Pinterest. If you want to keep the profile private, except to certain members, then you click “No”. If you want the profile available to everyone, then you would click “Yes”.
Personalization – this site is where you choose whether you want your Pinterest activity to only be connected with Pinterest or whether you want Pinterest to be connected with every site that you go to. You have two choices to check off. The second one keeps it only between you and Pinterest. The first choice means that every time you go to another site, Pinterest will try to send you pins of what you saw at the other site. If you do not fully understand the first choice then at the end there are the words “Learn More”. Click there to have it explained more clearly before you check off either choice.
Search History –
This is your search history, it keeps track of items, names, or whatever that you have searched for on Pinterest. By clicking the box “Clear Recent Searches” you are able to clear your history of past searches. It will start a new history from the date which you cleared it.
Recent Contacts -
This is a list of the contacts which you have made on Pinterest. By clicking on “Clear Recent Contacts” you will clear all of the contacts which you have made until that date. A new list will begin from the date that you cleared it.
Name & Picture -
First are two boxes for your first and last names that you filled in when you signed up. Then it shows a picture (photo/image) which you may have, or may not have yet entered, for your profile picture. You will see a box next to that which shows that you can change it.
Beneath the picture is your user username. You chose this probably when you joined.
About You –
Here is where you type your profile telling a small bit about yourself. Only what you are able to fill in that box is what you are allowed.
Next to where it says ‘website’ there is an empty box to place the URL of something such as your webpage or blog – if you have anything online. Then you click ‘Verify website’ to make sure the URL is correct. (I usually do this by right clicking and hitting 'Open in new tab'.)
Then we have Email Notifications. Here you check the first one (Get email notifications) as to whether or not you want to get any at all from Pinterest in your email.
Get an Email when someone:
(You choose Yes/No for all of these) Pins your pin (this means someone copies [pins] one from your board to theirs.)
Likes your pin (someone may like one of your pins but not copy it.)
Follows you or one of your boards (They enjoy the work they have seen you do, or at least on one of your boards.)
Every time Pinterest has important news about changes in policy, etc.
Send these emails:
__When they happen __Once a day at most (you decide how often you want to receive the emails from Pinterest. (Receive every time that they happen, or only once per day.)
Ways to log-in to PinterestClick thumbnail to view full-size
Social Network & Apps:
Social Network -
On here you say Yes or No to all of the social networks of which you are a member, (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Gmail, or Yahoo!). Then either you are able to use certain one(s) to sign in with, or you use your email.
If you have approved of any Apps then this will show a list of them, if you have not then it will just be blank.
The End of the Settings -
At the bottom of the settings is a line that to the left has a box for you to Deactivate Account if you decide that you wish to close your Pinterest account.
On the right side is one box which says Cancel – you may click this if you have not made any changes to the settings pages. You will leave the Settings page and return to Your Profile and Pins page.
If you have made changes then to the right of Cancel you click on Save Changes. You will then leave that page and return to Your Profile and Pins page.
Specific Section(s) -
If you only want to go to a certain section of the Settings page then look to the left - while you are still in Settings – and see where they have all of the sections listed. Simply click on your desired section and you go instantly to it.
There are two items which have moved - and may have things removed or added:
At the bottom, on the far right, there are a plus sign and a question mark in circles.
The question mark lists -
This is where you go when you have a question about Pinterest to see if they can answer.
This tells the story about Pinterst.
This is a Pinterest blog to keep you updated.
Do you want to work at Pinterest? Click here.
A site for businesses to join.
If you want to add a Pin It button to someplace which does not have it. There are iOS, Android buttons here and more.
Here it explains about copyrights, receiving complaints and filing them.
Privacy & Terms
I believe that we all know what this means.
There is a '+' sign which means:
It lists 'Upload a Pin', 'Add from a Website' and 'Create a Board'.
Another item which keeps changing:
It has changed again. At the moment when you see the photos which others have pinned, like, commented on or if they followed you. Their profile shot is on the left and thenin the center its their name and what they did (pinned, liked, commented or followed you) and on the right is your photo of what this activity is about.
How to create a Pinterest board
Your Profile & Pins:
Let us go back to click on ‘Your Profile & Pins’. The first thing that you see when you begin is a box surrounded by dashes which has ‘Create a board’ and a + sign inside. Click on this to make your first board (a place to ‘pin’ photos/images). You will see a box which again says ‘Create a board’ at the top; I will now go through what is listed inside.
Name – this is where you decide on a name for your board (such as Flowers, Pet Tricks, Science...)
Description – Describe briefly what the board is about, (Dogs jump through hoops, Flowers with blue petals…)
Category – It gives you a list when you click on the arrow at the end.
Map – Yes/No. Decide whether you are or are not including a map on the board.
Keep it a secret? - Yes/No. Decide whether you are making this board available to everyone (on Pinterest) or only certain friends.
At the bottom you choose whether you are creating the board, or canceling the entire process.
When you begin posting pins to your own boards you can do several things with your boards. Let us say that you click on ‘Send’. What comes up allows you to first enter a message; then you type your friend’s email address; next is where you are sending it to – Facebook or a Yahoo! email address.
At the top right of each of your photos on your board you see a pencil which is ‘edit’. When you click on this you are able to change the board which it is on, edit the description of the photo, or even the source. If you have changed anything you must click ‘Save Changes’, otherwise you can click ‘Cancel’ and return to your board.
Next we edit the board. Choose one of your boards and click on any photo of that board. That entire board appears on the screen and across the top are Edit Board, Send Board, a small box with <> in it, (a number of) pins and (a number of) followers.
Edit Board – it shows the Name which you gave the board and allows you to change it; your Description of the board which you can also change; Category of the board which you may choose different if you desire; and allows you to add maps and who you want to allow to add pins. Either select Cancel for no changes, or Save Changes if you have made any.
Send Board – Click that. Place a brief message to the right of your picture; type the email address of a special person; or send to someone on Facebook/Yahoo!
What is a Secret Board?
Secret Board –
You may want to create a ‘Secret Board’. These are only for certain friends who you allow to see that board – not everyone on Pinterest.
Bring up your ‘Profile and Pins’, go to the bottom and you will see ‘Secret Board’ on the left. Click on the board and a large square appears. It is the same as creating a regular board – Name (name of the board); Description (brief description of what is on board); Category (choose from list); Map? (Yes/No); Keep it a secret? (obviously Yes). Click on ‘Create board’. It is that simple to create a secret board. The only difference is that you are choosing Yes to keep it a secret.
Words and icons that are on pictures on either the Home Page or on Your Profile and Pins -
< > - Click on this and there are two steps that it tells you to follow. If you do not understand, there are the words ’Learn More’ to click to tell you more about it.
The last two on the right tell you how many photos/images (pins) are on the board ,and, how many people there are who are following that board or pictures on that board.
If you hover the mouse above any photo then you will see a red box which says Pin it, click that and it ‘pins’ the photo to your board; a box that says Send, send it to a friend; and at the far right is a square box with a Heart in it, tell the owner that you love that shot. Click the heart and it fills in.
When you click on any photo it enlarges it. (You will see the mouse become a small magnifying glass.) You see Pin it, Like, and some may say Image while some may instead say Visit Site, (on the far right) – Send, f Share. I told you above what the Pin it and Send are. Like is basically the same as Love except it only means that you ‘like’ the photo. If you see Image then you get an enlarged image, but if it says Visit Site this may be there if there is a site to go to. (I have found out that I am able to see the larger Image or Visit Site by just clicking on the photo instead of either of these boxes.) If there is Visit Site, then there is a story behind the photo.
f Share simply means you are able to send it to Facebook.
Invite Friends –
This is a box on the left of the Home Page which when clicked on says at the top, “Invite whoever’s missing, Ask your friends to join you on Pinterest”. Then you may either choose your ‘Email contacts’ on Pinterest or your ‘Facebook friends’, if you have any. It also allows you to ‘Search’ for someone.
Whichever option that you choose, it shows a list of names and there is a small box after each name on the far right. For each name that you select you check the box. If you decide that you want everyone then there is a box up top which says, ‘Select all’. Check that box and all of the names receive a checkmark.
When you are finished choosing friends, there is a box at the bottom which began as gray but has become red. Click this and each friend that you have checked off will receive an email invitation to Pinterest.
You Can Even Pin Videos to Pinterest:
You begin by bringing up the video of your choice on YouTube. Go to Pinterest and open up “Your Profile and Pins” section so that you can open the board on which you want to pin the video to.
Now I will lead you through the steps on where to be and what to do in each area.
- First, you go to YouTube. (Leave the video on pause while do this) Open the video, start it and pause it. A couple of inches below the center of the video are the words ‘About – Share - …’ You want to click on share. Just below the row of the symbols, is a box with the URL. You want to copy this.
- Now you go to Pinterest. Open the board which you want to add the video to. Click the box ‘Add a pin’. You get another box to choose how you want to do it. Since this is from YouTube, which is on the Internet, you would choose ‘The web’. Click that one. Now it should show the URL listed, if it does then click on ‘Next’. You should now see the video added to your board. If you do not, then click on the refresh/reload arrow at the top left.
Do you use Pinterest?
What do you rate Pinterest, if you have used it?
If you have any questions then go to my profile page on HubPages. The icon which says Website is actually my blog. Click on that and it will lead you to the blog where you can leave the questions. I will answer ASAP.
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