Friday, June 10, 2011

Pinterest is Amazing

Warning: going to can results in hours of clicking, scrolling, and pinning.  

Remember the old days of finding inspiration on the internet.  It would go something like this.  You're reading a craft blog when you see a project you want to try.  You don't want to do it right now, so you decide to save it for later.  Wait, how have you been saving things lately?  Under your favorites list?  Did you email it to yourself?  Wait, what's this thing labeled "fun summer project?"  What does that even mean?!?

Well, you no longer have to deal with this scenario my friend, thanks to pinterest.  This website allows you to store images from the web with a link to the original site, all organized in handy-dandy pages (called "boards").  I feel like I was the last one to hear about this site, so if you already know the drill, just smile and think about puppies.  If you don't know about this site, read on.

Okay, so the way it works is you first have to go to pinterest and create an account.  This can be a bit confusing.  You can't immediately create an account, you need to request an invitation.  From what I understand, this is because the site is still in beta form (like a soft-ware dress rehearsal) so it's not generally open to everyone yet.  However, all this means is you wait a bit and then you get an email asking you to create your account (commence happy dance).

After that, you can either look at other peoples pins and repin them or find your own things to pin.  I'll explain each.  First, repinning.  Every time you open up pinterest, you will see a few things along the top. 

This will give you the option of looking at pins of everyone on pinterest or only the people you follow.  If you see something you like and want to save, just move your mouse over the left corner of the picture and a button labeled "repin" will appear.  Click it and you can add it to one of your boards.

The other option is to pin things from other websites.  To do this, you need to add a "pin it" button to your browser.  This is done from the pinterest website.  Once you have this, all you need to do is click it whenever you are on a page that has something you want to save. 

This brings up a screen of all the images from that page and you can choose the one you want to show.

Does that make sense?  I'm no expert, but I'm happy to answer questions :)  Also, if you are interested in following any of my boards, just click on the link to the right that says pinterest.

1 comment:

Thanks for your comments! I love hearing from my readers :)