LLG Social Media: What is Pinterest, & How to Use Pinterest, & How to Get an Invitation

by Sasha Wilkins on February 27, 2012 · 16 comments

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oh I do love Pinterest. And I am not alone: it’s one of the fastest growing social networks online in both the US & UK. (It currently drives more traffic than Google +, LinkedIn & Reddit combined to external websites.). Essentially it’s a place to ‘pin’ images you find on the web. You can then create themed mood boards using those images (and add captions & descriptions if you like). It has endless applications: you can create fantasy parties, homes, offices, wardrobes. Or plan a home redecoration inspiration scheme. Or collect images of cars/dogs/shoes/doorknobs/50s screen sirens/steam engines…the possibilities are endless

(There’s a joke flying around that Pinterest is mainly used by thirty-something women to plan their weddings. And in the US it is wildly popular amongst the soccer mom demographic. Although, interestingly, in the UK it currently has a higher proportion of male users than female. (Ignore The Guardian’s recent piece- it was statistically incorrect.))

I also find it useful for work, to create moodboards for external creative projects. And I may possibly have created a Dachshund board. It’s a great aide memoire too: instead of bookmarking endless links, you can just grab an image to remind you.

Other users can ‘follow’ one, several or all of your boards. They can ‘like’ your individual images and, like Tumblr, can ‘repin’ images they find on other users’ Pinterest sites to their own moodboards. Each image automatically links back to the website where it was originally found, so it can be a useful traffic driver for businesses and blogs.

You can use Pinterest easily by either using the Pin It button on most sites, which allows you to quickly upload an image to one of your specified moodboards, or download the Pinterest bookmarklet which then sits on your bookmark bar and allows you to grab an image from any site you visit.

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My boards are a mixture of things: I’ve pinned all my LLG recipe photos into specific boards – puddings, soups etc, but I also have lots of boards of images I’ve found all over the web. (Like any social media channel, it’s considered bad form to only use Pinterest to pin your own images.)

Of particular interest today might be the boards I’ve created for my favourite, worst & mens Oscar looks, with all the info attached from the publicists about the specific outfits. You can find me at: http://pinterest.com/libertylndngirl/

(Pinterest is currently invitation only, so the site doesn’t get swamped. Current Pinterest users can invite a certain number of people so if I know you, leave a comment and I can send you an invitation. Of course you can sign up and Pinterest will then send you an email when your membership goes live – it took a week for me…)

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Natalie February 27, 2012 at 15:36

Great post… I have a pint rest account but have yet to link it to my blog… Had no idea it drove so much traffic to external sites…

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Adrienne February 27, 2012 at 17:40

I’m a reader from the States, and it’s exciting to finally see Pinterest explode in the UK. I’ve been on for nearly a year and watched it grow over here. 80% of the users are women.

Warning: this site is addictive! As the Washington Post described it, “Pinterest is digital crack!”

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theincurablelibertine February 27, 2012 at 22:28

i’ve just joined…it’s lots of fun!!! a great way to get your blog out there while pinning things that are interesting to you to keep in the back of your head!

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annie February 28, 2012 at 01:44

I’m astounded that more men use it here than women. I find it a bit weird when men start to follow me on Pinterest, it just seems wrong somehow.

I can’t believe you have a Dachshund board, you’re so funny!

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Marina(Makeup4all) February 28, 2012 at 04:23

I am still trying to figure out everything on Pinterest. But am following you now x

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Laura Jane February 28, 2012 at 05:30

Nice post – I’m quite tempted to give it a go now!

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Siobhan Ali chikh February 28, 2012 at 06:17

When I started reading this post I was thinking “I really don’t have time to deal with another social media site” but by the time I had finished it, I had already clicked on the link to sign up! Your pins a great! What a useful way to keep track of inspiration! Thanks LLG, x

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Jay McLaughlin February 28, 2012 at 06:29

I’m so lame! I joined Pinterest a couple of weeks ago (after you mentioned it), but haven’t actually done much with it!

Bad Jay!!!!

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KSalty February 28, 2012 at 06:37

I’m way too obsessed with Pinterest – it’s so much fun. Use it instead of bookmarking now for recipes, fashion wants and planning redecorating of our flat. Loving your daschie board!
It looks like there will be some controversial copyright issues raised by Pinterest as the site gets bigger – I’ve seen whole recipes posted under images which must be very frustrating for the original creator of that recipe, and photography licensing rights are a bit of minefiled too….

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Rebecca February 28, 2012 at 07:33

Great boards!

Follow mine http://pinterest.com/beccaemarchant/ :)

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