ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Technology»
  • Internet & the Web

How To Use Pinterest

Updated on August 22, 2014

A Visual Collection of the Things You Love

Ever wish you could gather up all of the amazing images you find online without worrying about disorganized bookmarks, buried blog posts or wasted paper and ink? Well, say hello to Pinterest.

Pinterest, which boasts more than 28 million visitors each month, is a visually driven social media site with endless possibilities. Incredibly addicting and easy to use, Pinterest allows its members to collect and organize the eye candy they discover everyday while browsing the web. It's streamlined, simple and -- above all else -- fun!

Here you'll find information about how to use (and NOT use) Pinterest both personally and professionally. From signing up to sharing your pins, this lens has got you covered.

Already excited to sign up for Pinterest? Check it out here. Not quite convinced yet? Read on!

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: It has come to my attention that this article has recently been copied and republished by a number of blogs and websites without my permission. While I am flattered that so many visitors have found my words helpful, plagiarism is illegal -- even when you copy a single sentence or paragraph. Remember: I'm a real person and it took real time and effort to write this lens. Please respect that. Thanks and happy pinning! - asphyxia


13 Reasons to Love Pinterest

What Pinterest can do for you (and your blog or business)

  1. You can save all the images you find online in a single, streamlined place.
  2. You can pin any image from any website using the simple "Pin It" button, also known as the pinmarklet.
  3. You can create unlimited boards about anything and everything that interests you.
  4. You can organize your pins onto themed pinboards.
  5. You can discover anything from new recipes and travel destinations to birthday cake ideas and decorating tips.
  6. You can follow other Pinterest members (or just the boards you like).
  7. You can contribute new pins to someone else's board, if their settings allow it.
  8. You can repin another member's pins onto your own board.
  9. You can comment on your favorite pins.
  10. You can mention another Pinterest user when commenting on or describing a new pin.
  11. You can share your pins on Twitter and Facebook.
  12. You can like a pin, which will add it to the "likes" section of your profile.
  13. You can invite others to follow you on Pinterest with cute buttons. Click mine in the introduction to check out my pinboards!

Poll: All About Boards - Share your Pinterest stats

Poll: All About Boards

See results
How to Sign Up for Pinterest
How to Sign Up for Pinterest

How to Sign Up for Pinterest

Pinterest basics

Back when the site first launched, Pinterest required prospective members to request an invitation. Exclusive, right? Well, not anymore. Now that pinning has become as common a verb as tweeting and liking, Pinterest's sign-up process has simplified.

How can you sign up for Pinterest? Simply head on over to the Pinterest homepage, click "Sign Up For Pinterest" and create an account using Facebook, Twitter or your e-mail address. Choose a username that reflects your interests, blog, business, etc. and then start pinning!

What to Do Immediately After Joining Pinterest - Step-by-step Pinterest tips for new pinners

How to Sign Up For Pinterest
How to Sign Up For Pinterest

  1. Connect with your Facebook or Twitter account. This one's mandatory. Why? Because Pinterest cares about quality, and one of the best ways to ensure high-quality content is to deter the spammers, trolls and shameless self-promoters from signing up in the first place.
  2. Edit your profile. Pinterest will automatically import your photo and bio from either Twitter or Facebook, but don't forget to add a link to your website, blog or Squidoo lensmaster page! Including a link is a great way to give your future followers an opportunity to learn even more about you.
  3. Install the "Pin It" button. The "Pin it" button, or pinmarklet, makes pinning images incredibly easy. If you decided not to install the pinmarklet when you first signed up, you can always access it by visiting the Goodies section of Pinterest's About page.
  4. Invite your friends. Thanks to your Facebook or Twitter account, you can easily find friends who are already using Pinterest. You can also e-mail invitations to your friends who don't already use the site.
  5. Get pinning! You stumble across hundreds of interesting things online every single day. Why not share them with the world?

How to Create a Board - Before you can pin an image, you need to create boards

How to Create a Pinterest Board
How to Create a Pinterest Board

Have an image you want to share? You've got to have to somewhere to pin it! New pinboards can be created anytime by clicking the "Add" button on your Pinterest navigation bar. Don't forget to categorize your board and name it something clever or memorable to gain other pinners' attention. Giving your dessert board a title like "Things to Bake" won't catch people's attention. Get creative!

How to Pin an Image
How to Pin an Image

How to Pin an Image

Everything you need to know about pinning images on Pinterest

There are two ways to pin an image. First, you can upload a photo to Pinterest from your computer by clicking the "Add" button on your navigation bar. This is a great option for pinning images that aren't already hosted online.

But let's say you find an interesting image on a blog or website. Rather than saving the image to your computer and then re-uploading it to Pinterest, you can simply click the "Pin It" button, which you should have already installed by now! (What's that you say? You forgot? That's ok! Find it here).

When you click the "Pin It" button, you will be given the option to pin any of the images embedded on the webpage you're currently visiting. You'll also have the opportunity to choose which board you're pinning to and to describe your new pin. Don't worry about copy-pasting the source url into the description. All images pinned to Pinterest automatically retain the url of their original sources!

13 Great Ways to Use a Pinterest Board - Creative ideas for Pinterest boards

  1. Create a visual bucket list. Collecting images of the things you want to do will help remind you to live your life rather than rush through it.
  2. Plan your wedding (or someone else's!). Create inspiration boards for bouquets, bridesmaids dresses, cakes and other details that will make your -- or your friend or client's -- big day memorable.
  3. Stay motivated to workout. Whether you aspire to run a marathon or simply lose a few holiday pounds, pinning images of bodies that inspire you can help keep you in the gym and out of the McDonalds drive-thru.
  4. Plan a birthday party. Pick out the balloons, favors, food and games that will entertain your guests and make you a fabulous hostess.
  5. Explore new places. If you've always wanted to wander through the Irish countryside but can't quit afford the trip, create a pinboard of castles, cliffs and creative ethnic dishes.
  6. Collect your favorite recipes. Organize the fabulous foods you find online by meal type or main ingredient. Yum!
  7. Share your personal style. Give yourself a makeover or document your fashion evolution with photos of your favorite outfits.
  8. Create a wishlist. If friends and family are planning to buy gifts for a big occasion, give them something pretty to scroll through whilst shopping online.
  9. Inspire yourself with quotes. Beautiful words can be found in the most unsuspecting of places. Collect images of the billboards, posters and scrawled graffiti that mean something to you.
  10. Redecorate your home. Plan to give your living situation a Martha Stewart-worthy makeover by packing pinboards with new color schemes and furniture.
  11. Plan a vacation. Hundreds of people have photographed the places most people want to visit so go ahead and show people what you want to do while visiting Russia, Costa Rica or Thailand.
  12. Connect with people who love the things you love. Shared interests can lead to lifelong friendships. Use Pinterest to reconnect, network or meet new people.
  13. Showcase your Squidoo lenses. While shameless self-promotion (see below) is discouraged, creating a single board dedicated to your lenses is a great way to subtly share your content.

How to Become a Top Pinner on Pinterest - Ways to increase your followers

How to Become a Tastemaker on Pinterest
How to Become a Tastemaker on Pinterest

Pinterest's top pinners, formerly referred to as tastemakers, are the Pinterest members whose boards and pins get the most love. The more comments, views, likes, follows and repins a pinner earns, the more popular they become. Here are just a few of the many things you can do to work your way to the top.

  • Contribute to the Pinterest community. Put yourself out there! Pinterest is a social site so comment on the pins you love and start a conversation with the people who share your interests.
  • Create boards that are visually striking and unique. The more visually appealing your boards are the more views, repins and likes you'll get. Pin only the best of what you find while browsing the web and pay attention to color schemes and board themes.
  • Allow others to contribute pins to your boards. When you create a new board, Pinterest gives you the option to allow others to add pins as well. This is a great way to involve your friends and followers.
  • Add your website to your profile. If people become interested in you, they will want to know more about you. Give them a place to find that information! How? Scroll down for the details!

asphyxia on Pinterest
asphyxia on Pinterest

Can I Use Pinterest to Promote My Blog, Website or Squidoo Lens?

Self-promotion on Pinterest

The honest answer is both yes and no. YES because the images pinned on Pinterest retain the url of their original source and thus link back to that page when clicked. NO because unlike other social media sites, Pinterest is NOT a place for shameless self-promotion. Instead, it is a thriving online community where you can expand your online presence and continue to build your brand. What's the difference? Let's break it down with some examples.

Shameless Self-Promotion is...

  • pinning low quality, generic images because you want to increase your blog's traffic
  • creating numerous boards dedicated to the items currently available in your Etsy shop
  • dropping links to your website every time you comment on a pin
Expanding Your Online Presence is...
  • pinning high quality, unique images because you want to share what inspires you
  • creating a single board that showcases your best Squidoo lenses
  • commenting on and sharing pins because you genuinely like them
  • pinning one or two items from your Etsy shop because they're awesome and they fit the theme of your board
See the difference? Pinterest can certainly help drive traffic to your blog, website or Squidoo lenses if you contribute to the Pinterest community in a genuine, unique way. To ensure that you're expanding your presence and NOT shamelessly promoting yourself, add a link to your site on your profile and leave it at that. After all, if people are interested in you and the things you pin, they will seek out your site.

How To Add a Link to Your Profile

1. Hover over your username in the Pinterest navigation bar.

2. Click "Preferences"

3. Beside your e-mail address, click "Edit"

4. Add your url where it says "Website"

5. Click "Save Profile"

Debate: Copyright Issues on Pinterest - How do YOU feel about Pinterest's use of photos?

Pinterest has sparked a heated debate about photo sharing and copyright laws. Some users happily argue that Pinterest has increased traffic to their blogs while others avidly oppose the pinning of their images for fear of plagiarism.

Do you agree with Pinterest's approach to photo sharing?

Yes. Pinterest is fun and harmless.

Yes. Pinterest is fun and harmless.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Trudy Cooper 2 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Wow, what a great hub, you really have researched this. Well done.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      It is bigger,and better advertising, Reaches so many.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      One for all and all for one.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I put a visible watermark on all of my company's web-posted photos, and add a digital watermark (Digimarc) to some of them as well. No matter where they go, unless someone takes the time to crop it off, people know it's ours. Observation about most Pinners: won't take time to alter the image. One of our competitors even posted a picture of ours as theirs on Facebook, but ha, there was our watermark on the corner. It's great to see our work loved and shared, even if someone would have to follow up on the image's logo (or use Google image search) to find us. Another thing: we have not only local exposure, people from around the world know about us. Most won't contact us with business as a result of an image, but even one might and we'd otherwise maybe never have reached them.

    • smsr0100451 4 years ago

      It is a lot of fun here. Everything is here. I love it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      When i am trying to pin something to one of my specific boards, it won't give me my boards to choose from, it gives me board ideas and create a new board....what am i doing wrong????!!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago


    • anonymous 4 years ago

      As long as we are not selling or harming that person or blog, I don't see why not. There are A LOT of images online and it's hard to say, "You can Pin this, but not that." And it only takes one person who wants to cause harm to ruin it for the rest of us.

    • imran2575 4 years ago

      Great article, loved it, just what I wanted

    • productosexpres 4 years ago

      Yes, definitely. It makes the same that Google image search but you have the image that you prefer not those that Google pick up for you.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes; it's up to us to be honorable.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It's a win-win situation!

    • OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      It's like looking at what is in someone's scrapbook.

      Very entertaining!

    • dressygirlkouture 4 years ago

      love it, we have 39 boards and can't stop adding more :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      it has opened up the web for me - to find sites with beauty was wonderful

    • FeebyNeko 4 years ago

      Very nice lens.

    • Manjurul Islam 4 years ago from Chittagong, Bangladesh

      Yes, a nice platform to share photos.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, no one is trying to steal stuff and take credit or make big money.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      We all know social media means share with everyone UNLESS specifically using it on a one to one.....

    • SchwabBrett 5 years ago

      I love this article and LOVE Pinterest!

    No way. Pinterest is definitely violating copyright laws.

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • SueBrettell 3 years ago

        There is nothing to debate ...copyright infringement is theft. I hate to think how many Pinterest users are infringing on a daily basis. Ignorance is no excuse. There's one power user I started following years ago who has a nice eye, but his collection of over 50,000 images contains a high proportion of copyright protected images. He has a lot of followers, so these get repinned. In the past I researched every image and added links / attribution to those that weren't strictly restricted. But now Pinterest is including adverts in the site, it has become commercial. Use of copyright images is illegal on commercial sites, unless stated otherwise. Unfortunately Pinterest covers its back in the T's & C's. It's the users at risk, especially those power users.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Owning a website and seeing hundreds of my pictures on Pinterest with only a very small percentage giving the site credit does violate my copyright protection. No one has the right to copy or reproduce pictures or text from any website without written permission or, at least, giving credit to the original site unless it is specifically marked "public domain".

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Squidoo added a Pin button to my lens without telling me or giving me the option to opt out. I found my company logo splashed all over Pinterest about 100 times by different people repinning it - and the link back? Came to Squidoo but NOT to my lens. Tell me how that's giving credit to the source? Pinterest puts the legal onus on the person doing the pinning - and unlike FB does not take copyright infringement seriously - its not 'their fault' if people 'steal' copyright images or content. They did, however, take my logo down but only After I chased down all the links and repins and threatened them with legal action. IF they change their terms of service to match copyright laws, it could be a good site.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Pinterest is a blast, but IMHO, it's straight up copyright violation, regardless of doing a linkback. The other day I tried to pin a pic from the National Geographic site and they are blocking pinning.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Napster sloganed with the idea that the music industry has millions and no one is being hurt. But hey who cares ripping off those who have a lot. But Pinterest now steals from photographers who are not millionaires, and neither are most writers or the people. Without protecting copyright, we're destroying anyone making money off the creative arts. Pay the photographers. Don't steal from those who you might now. Until this issue is discussed, I fear Pinterest. Those being stolen from are not the evil millionaires who can afford it that the guy from Napster told us about.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Pinterest is violating copyright laws by hosting full-sized copies of pinned photos and providing them to anyone to use on third party sites with HTML embed codes. Moreover, while Pinterest's Terms of Use say people shouldn't pin images they don't have the rights to, Pinterst's anti-self-promotion policy contradicts this by telling users they should not promote their own work. Pinterest's self-presentation -- that it is a site for sharing images found on the web -- is at odds with its Terms of Use and with copyright and fair use.

      • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

        I think Pinterest can be good way of promoting your material, but producing a copy of image you don't owe copyright is definitely copyright infringement in all countries with copyright laws. It is that simple.

        I expect Pinterest will change its rules very soon or it will be forced to do that.

      • JackieSonia 5 years ago

        I have concerns after reading EditionH's comment on Pinterest's TOS. I think Pinterest sounds wonderful, but how can you be sure you're not guilty of copyright infringement when pinning an image or photo to your board. How do you give proper credit to the owner or obtain permission before using the image? Any conflict or doubt you may have should be laid to rest before proceeding with Pinterest.

      • PaulWinter 5 years ago

        One concern I have is how are pinned images hosted? Are they hosted directly by the website you pin? If so this could be a huge drain on that websites bandwidth and could be costly for the website owner, particularly as images files take a lot of bandwidth.

        EditionH has also made some very pertinent points. If copyright laws are being violated, it might be you rather than Pinterest who gets prosecuted. So I do have some concerns

      Want to Write for Squidoo?

      Squidoo is a fun, easy way to earn extra money

      Creating your own Squidoo pages (called "lenses") is fun, easy and free. You can even make some cash along the way. Squidoo's top writers earn more than $1000 per month! Ready to check it out for yourself? Join Squidoo here and start writing!

      Copyright Notice: No part of this page may be copied or rewritten.

      How Do YOU Use Pinterest? - Share the unique ways that you use Pinterest

        0 of 8192 characters used
        Post Comment

        • profile image

          klaird 5 years ago

          I was just looking at Pinterest today, and I love all the photos. However, I was wondering how they can let people share other people's photos without infringing on copyrights. For example, if someone likes the christmas décor in the latest Martha Stewart online magazine, then pins it to their board, then someone else shares that photo on their blog via the embed html button, now Martha Stewart's photo, which has a copyright on it, is now on someone else's website, without permission. How is that ok? Martha Stewart's magazine has a copyright on everything on their website. And just crediting a source doesn't mean the owner of the photo gave permission for others to use the photo. Any idea on how this works? I'd love to use some Pinterest photos on my Squidoo pages, but I'm fearful of the copyright infringement issues, since the photos are not uploaded by the photo owners and marked with Creative Commons License and commercial use license, like how they do on Flickr.

        • RBTI profile image

          RBTI 5 years ago

          Good question klaird. I'm kind of curious about that myself. Also wondering why you haven't received a response to your question yet? I'll stay tuned, lol. But I do like this lens. Very informative. I'll have to give it a like ;-)

        • wildsimplicity profile image

          wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

          @klaird: Hey klaird. Thanks for your comment! According to Pinterest's Terms of Use, Pinterest users "are solely responsible for all Member Content that you make available through the Site." Every time a member creates a new pin, they are essentially telling the site that they have the rights to distribute that image. Pinterest also has a clearly stated procedure for requesting the removal of a copyrighted image, which further protects the site -- though not its users -- from incurring a lawsuit. The truth is that most Pinterest users are in violation of internet copyright laws and it would be wise to avoid using pins on a Squidoo lens. However, the semi-good news is that arguments of fair use can be made in the case of thumbnail-sized images under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you absolutely must share a pin on a Squidoo page, make sure it's a very, very small thumbnail, that the image itself links to the original source and that you have a way for visitors to contact you about removing a photo. I hope that helps to answer your question!

        • Virginia Allain profile image

          Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

          Pinterest is just fun! I find it helpful to collect visual clues to sites that I need to return to for research (for lenses or for my book that I'm working on). I can easily see that I have several links for a topic by the visual I pinned.

        • jimmielanley profile image

          Jimmie Lanley 5 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

          I have just discovered your lenses today. Wow. Fantastic! Keep writing and making lenses. You have a gift.

        • Scarlettohairy profile image

          Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          I haven't signed up but have browsed Pinterest with interest! Love all the photos. Sounds like another great place to use online.

        • wildsimplicity profile image

          wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

          @jimmielanley: Thank you so much for the compliment and encouragement, Jimmie! I've been a huge fan of your lapbooking lenses since I joined Squidoo so I am beyond flattered. :)

        • blessedmomto7 profile image

          blessedmomto7 5 years ago

          Just started on pinterest. Great info on your lens, thanks!

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens! Really helpful! Thank you!

        • wildsimplicity profile image

          wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

          @anonymous: Thanks, Shallbee! :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Extremely useful information. Thank you!

        • PaulaMorgan profile image

          Paula Morgan 5 years ago from Sydney Australia

          Love this site... although it is helping me waste so much time ;)

        • smithlights profile image

          smithlights 5 years ago

          Thanks so much! I'm just getting started on Pinterest...

        • patsydoo profile image

          patsydoo 5 years ago

          Just getting to grips with pinterest - interesting info thank you

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I signed up to Pinterest a few days ago and I received my invite today. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

        • bikerministry profile image

          bikerministry 5 years ago

          You are on top of it!! Thanks. Blessings. (and 20 likes!)

        • profile image

          Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

          I'll probably err on the side of caution after having been the recipient of some of the nastiest, filthy and vulgar emails i have EVER read after using a thumbnail image from a website and crediting it to THAT specific website (not my own) promoting Africa and African crafts.

          I honestly believe that there are thousands of folks - no millions - that would appreciate the additional exposure that their beautiful images would receive, and thus their webpages also. There is no "direct" income (I don't think) to be derived from simply hosting the image on this site and linking it to the original site and so no-one is taking anything away from anyone in the true sense, so happy happy fun times for all concerned actually.

          However you do have the other side of the coin - those that believe to even refer to their website by using one of their images requires that you pay a small fortune and be subjected to torrential and extreme abuse....

          Thank you so much for enlightening us as to the uses of Pinterest and the best ways in which one can maximize their usage. It'll be interesting to see how things unfold.

        • favored profile image

          Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

          Spent the day reading over social media materials. Signed up, we'll see how it goes.

        • PositiveChristi1 profile image

          PositiveChristi1 5 years ago

          I'm a new member of Pinterest, so I'm yet to see how it fully works. It seems very simple though and I think I'll have fun with it.

          Thank you for your very informative lens. Angel blessed.

        • profile image

          AngryBaker 5 years ago

          starting to work with it today...

        • jethrosas profile image

          Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

          I don't have any experience as of now but looking forward to have. Anyway, thanks for sharing this useful lens to us. Keep it up! :)

        • profile image

          editionh 5 years ago

          I do not use because I respect copyright!

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Right now, I'm just trying to figure out how it works. I've done tons of shameless self promotion before and I think it's time for a new approach.

        • bossypants profile image

          bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

          I'm fairly new to Pinterest and this lens taught me some things! (Thank you!) I'm using pinterest in two ways. First, I use it as sort of a virtual vision book (what Sarah BanBreathnach calls an Illiustrated Discovery Journal). Secondly, it's a great place to capture clippings of recipes and craft projects for future exploration and use.

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens. I was wondering when a squidoo lens would get created focused on Pinterest. We are loving Pinterest for our business, and blogging about our lessons learned at We've even got a free 33 page guide.

        • meashman profile image

          meashman 5 years ago

          Haven't checked out this tool yet, but looking forward to!

        • scrapperkare profile image

          scrapperkare 5 years ago

          Thanks for this lens! I've added it to my new "Pinterest how-to lenses" on Pinterest . . . to give me a quick way to locate all of the Pinterest lenses . . . (didja see how many unrelated lenses result from a search here on squidoo??)

        • PaulWinter profile image

          PaulWinter 5 years ago

          Thank you for a very interesting lens. I'll be inerested in how the copyright debate plays out.

        • Zenchantress profile image

          Fayme Zelena Harper 5 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

          I've been using Pinterest pretty much willynilly since I joined it. But the copyright thing has always lurked in the back of my mind. I wonder how they can enforce their TOS if about 99% of its users are violating it, either because they don't have permission to use the photos or because they are using it to promote shops on zazzle, etsy, their blogs and so forth.

          If in fact you can't post your own stuff, or the photos of others, and those rules are ever enforced, there would be no point in having Pinterest at all, which would be a shame, because it does create so much traffic to the sites we love and want to promote.

        • Zut Moon profile image

          Zut Moon 5 years ago

          I love Pinterest because it is the perfect companion to Squidoo ...

        • healthyidea profile image

          Kiwigirl 5 years ago from Franklin

          Great lens, my daughter introduced me to Pinterest, it is very addictive!

        • profile image

          Lindrus 5 years ago

          Thanks for this lens, it explained Pinterest very well to me. Haven't tried it yet, but maybe I will.

        • MarknTX profile image

          MarknTX 5 years ago

          Thanks to you, I just learned about it today! (It's pretty cozy living under this rock.) Thanks for the Pinterest primer.

        • Blackspaniel1 profile image

          Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

          Nice lens

        • TolovajWordsmith profile image

          Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

          I opened account but haven't pin a single picture so far. I am worried about terms of services which are a bit irrational. We all can see tons of copyright infringements on even more popular services (e.g. youtube) and it looks we can live with that.

          As an author I have seen illegal distribution of my work on several services (including youtube) and I can live with that, but I am 100 percent sure I could live better without that!

        • profile image

          smsr0100451 5 years ago

          Nice info about Pinterest.

        • profile image

          paolovalzania 5 years ago

          TX for this lens!

        • Chris-H LM profile image

          Chris-H LM 5 years ago

          First day...

        • siserou profile image

          siserou 5 years ago

          I was really excited to join pinterest because I thought it would be neat to keep recipes I liked and different for things for a family wedding. But after hours of messing with the interface, I just found it to be a waste of time. It is not intuitive in any way, and the help section is not helpful at all. I tried to pin a drawing that my niece had done to one of my boards, and it keeps putting it in the recipe board. It should also have a simple drag and drop feature, but it will not put the item into the correct board. For this reason, I find the site juvenile and will pass on it.

          From a legal standpoint, I do think it does break some copyright laws, as a link back is not enough in most cases. Copyright holders generally indicate that their work should not be redistributed.

          Aside from all of my misgivings, I appreciate the work you have put into this lens. It is a wonderful resource for sure!

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Thanks to you, I just learned about it today! (It's pretty cozy living under this rock.) Thanks for the Pinterest primer. you can visit and get the best SEO services that suit your needs perfectly.

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I posted one of my own pictures on one of my boards and then I saw in on Explore. How did it get there? Do all pictures end up on the Explore page?

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I love to try new receipes and sharing some of the humor posters with my friends

        • profile image

          charity7 5 years ago

          Thanks for making this lens. I like the way you explained pinterest with the bullet list. I just started my board yesterday. No followers yet. I'm following you. I particularly like your recipe board and added two of them to my board.

        • joykennel profile image

          joykennel 5 years ago

          just starting...since we don't have favorites on Squidoo I save my faves on Pinterest. Thanks for this great information!

        • profile image

          dividi 5 years ago

          Thanks! Now I know what Pinterest is all about!

        • troybreimon lm profile image

          troybreimon lm 5 years ago

          very informative. thank you asphyxia :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'll use pinterest not only to share my passion for vintage clothing & unique art but to see other new art & creative ideas I would never had the chance to know about. Also it motivates me to keep reaching for my goals!

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Nice article.

        • infiniti99 lm profile image

          infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

          I use it to find things of interest.I have found pictures of my dogs on more sites than I care to talk about.But I have now watermarked them all.I have no problem with everyday peeps using them as long as they are not cashing in on my hard work.

        • FloridaDino profile image

          FloridaDino 5 years ago

          informative lens, thanks!

        • Bonfire Designs profile image

          Bonfire Designs 5 years ago

          I LOVE Pinterest and use it all the time now! It's so fun to share what I love and learn so much more about what's out there in the world in this wonderful format. I hope someday Squidoo works out a way that you can import things you have collected on Pinterest so I can easily share some great stuff on my lenses!

        • profile image

          Iktomi 5 years ago

          To keep myself occupied when there's nothing to do.

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I was wondering, can people -who follow you or follow on of your pinboards- see people / boards you follow?? I mean the "Activity" function is still not clear to me !

        • Swisstoons profile image

          Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

          I'm still trying to learn the ropes at Pinterest in order to promote my Zazzle shop. Pinerly looks like a useful tool to use in conjunction with Pinterest, but is also an invitation-only site. More information here-->

        • Deadicated LM profile image

          Deadicated LM 5 years ago

          Great Lens, very well written. Kudos!

        • scarletrose lm profile image

          scarletrose lm 5 years ago

          I started out at Pinterest to post pictures of my recipes - but have expanded to so much more!

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          Like scarletrose, I began using pinterest for recipes, but now, I use it for so much more, like crafts, scrapbooking, DIY projects, and so much more. I love, love, LOVE pinterest! Visit my boards at

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I began using Pinterest to post recipes and photographs of things I would like to own, but my boards have now taken on a life of their own. I've got several boards now, and I pin regularly about DIY stuff, crafts and crafting, sugar work and icing and frosting tips (for cakes), quirky things that catch my eye, and so on. I love it! Follow me at:

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          My mom and I live in different countries and I like to share lots of personal photos between us. I use facebook but I am getting so tired of the facebook universe that i wish I could stop using it for good. I wonder if Pinterest is the right application for us? I am already creating public pinboards and loving it, but these photos I want only my mom and maybe a couple friends to see.

        • UKGhostwriter profile image

          UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

          I'm just finding my way around pinterest ...great fun, I love your lens

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: If you want your communications to be private, you might prefer a free blog sight that will allow you to post pictures and determine your audience. I believe WordPress will allow that.

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I find ideas for home made cleaning products and recipes, it's great.

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have basically transferred all of my "favorites" accumulated over the years to my Pinterest boards. This way, I can see photos of these pages instead of just a text link.

        • profile image

          barryhymad 5 years ago

          pinterest is amazing, you can stay at the other end of the world and have a clear vision of what is worth seeing the other end of the world how cool is that long live mighty pinterest

        • profile image

          Mr-masruri 5 years ago

          very nice

        • bernie74 lm profile image

          bernie74 lm 5 years ago

          Yes I use pinterest, and love it, it is a way for me to spread the word about webpages I like, people I like, shows i like and so o and so on. I can see why people are upset with the copyright issues. But I can also see an increase in traffice to those pages that Pinterest links to. To be honest it is up to each individual. It would be a shame if Pinterest was shut down, but I am sure life would go on. Thanks for sharing this helpful lens

        • profile image

          tecnikologia 5 years ago

          Wow! I'd like to add to my previous content that this lens is helping me a lot to be a better web content creator. Of course, whatever is legal or permitted should not be done. I just discovered both Squidoo and Pinterest and I always write here and in my blog in Spanish. Keep sharing.

        • profile image

          tecnikologia 5 years ago

          @bernie74 lm: Good point. I agree. Yes, many are upset for copyright issues and many's pink are frankly a shame. Liked your comment.

        • TheEntrepreneurD profile image

          Latoya Hackett 4 years ago from Huntington, WV

          I'm new to Pinterest and I absolutely love it! Initially I was looking for an alternative way to reach my desired audience and socialize (IM), but once I got started I was hooked. Lately, I have been finding delicious recipes, neat DIY projects, clever storage ideas, etc. But I definitely will begin using it to help drive traffic to my websites.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Tastemaker? WOW! I didn't know there was a name for terrific PINNERS! I'm not a tastemaker. I have 50 boards. Pinning is a lot of fun! But my primary aim is to use it for business purposes. I'm following you now on Pinterest and I pinned this lens to one of my boards. [ ]

        • schwarz profile image

          Rae Schwarz 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

          It's only plagiarism if they take your writing and reproduce it claiming it is there own work. Fair use covers quoted bits with attribution. Reproduction that skips both the attribution or the misrepresentation is just sloppy theft, and that can be rather effectively fixed with a notice of infringement per DMCA guidelines. Feel free to not approve and or delete this comment if you wish.

        • profile image

          VatsalMakhija 4 years ago

          I don't, yet.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          I signed up for an account and commented on a few photos, but that is it.

        • OrlandoTipster profile image

          OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

          To promote Orlando Florida

        • Starzz30 profile image

          Starzz30 4 years ago

          I'm new to Pinterest still trying to figure things out but eventually will grasp what to do within this new and exciting community

        • profile image

          Margot_C 4 years ago

          I just signed up, so I'm not sure yet how I'll use it. I can see how I might become addicted and end up wasting time that I don't have. I need to find a lens on self-discipline!

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          To get inspired, to inspire others.

        • LynetteBell profile image

          LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

          I just signed up you recommend having search privacy on? Still learning how it all works!

        • profile image

          donreed 4 years ago

          Been using Pinterest a little and is proving to be a good way to get traffic to my lenses and my website.

        • JeffGilbert profile image

          JeffGilbert 4 years ago

          I've used a little Pinterest, don't get there too often, but my girlfriend really loves it.

        • LindaSueAllison profile image

          LindaSueAllison 4 years ago

          Thanks for this superb lens. I'm conservative when it comes to uploading new content to my Pinterest boards; I only add images I've created or otherwise have a right to. And I never download content from Pinterest to use on a website. But within the Pinterest ecosystem, in terms of re-pinning and liking images, I think it's okay to share.

        • takkhisa profile image

          Takkhis 4 years ago

          Nice informative lens :)

        • profile image

          TheAim 4 years ago

          I have recently signed up to pinterest so I am still getting used to it.

        • sudokunut profile image

          Mark Falco 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

          I am still figuring all this Pinterest stuff out. It is so simple and yet so complicated all at the same time!

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago


          Pinterest is wonderful. It's like having the most beautiful collections ever. Unknown people share beautiful/quirky/inspiring (need I go on) things. My friends and I have so much fun searching and finding incredible 'stuff'. We can indulge and dream.

        • profile image

          cleansweeping 4 years ago

          I use Pinterest to collect ideas for my classroom, and for things to do with my kids and family. I also pin science articles to use in my classroom. I have a variety of random boards, as well.

        • Glenda Motsavage profile image

          Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

          Just getting started with Pinterest, so your article was extremely helpful!

        • wildsimplicity profile image

          wildsimplicity 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

          @Glenda Motsavage: Thanks, healinghands123! I'm glad you found my Pinterest guide so helpful. :)

        • wildsimplicity profile image

          wildsimplicity 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

          @cleansweeping: That's awesome! I used to teach middle school science and I wish Pinterest had been as popular then as it is now. It's such a perfect place to pin resources for students, share their most creative projects, etc.

        • Paid-To-Rave profile image

          Paid-To-Rave 4 years ago

          I'm starting to use Pinterest to promote my new blog, but I can't figure out how to add a link to the information section of my board.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          There is an extension also allowing to go the other way around and pin to your facebook albums here is the chrome store link

        • profile image

          Bynkis 4 years ago

          Useful information, thanks! Here some tips how to make money from it ;)

        • MarathonRunning profile image

          Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

          I'm planning to open an account and this article came as I order it. Very useful. Everything is so clearly explained and easy to follow. I plan to use Pinterest for promoting my Squidoo Lenses.

          Thanks for sharing :)

        • profile image

          PhotoBuff 3 years ago

          I like to share pictures of the things I see on my walks in the morning. I live in the country and there is so much going on around me in nature.

        • mommyplus3kids profile image

          mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

          Just starting out. Really enjoying it. Thanks for sharing.

        Click to Rate This Article