Quick Guide to Pinterest



pinterestThis visual bookmarking site has proved very popular as a way of saving images together with links to resources.

Website: www.pinterest.com
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Key features

Pinterest lets you pin images from the web, which link back to the sites they are from. Pinterest Boards have been set up on all kinds of topics, as well as for business brands and educational use.  Here is a Board about Learning & Teaching Metaphors.


You don’t need a Pinterest account to view Boards, but you will need one if you want to comment on a pin, or follow a board, as well as set up your own Board.

pinterest2Within your account you can Upload a Pin, Add from a Website or Create a Board.

When you create a Board you will need to provide some information about it including whether it should be secret, which means it won’t show up on Pinterest, and who can add pins – you can also invite others to contribute to your Boar

Your Board will now be ready for you to add your first pin.

You can add a pin from the Web (by entering a URL) or from your Computer (in which case you upload it).  Pinterest will search for images on the site, and then present a screen that lets you select the one you want to use.

You can also select which Board you want to pin it on, as well as provide a short description of your pin.  You have a maximum of 500 characters.

You can also use the “Pin it”  button (i.e. bookmarklet) to pin as you browse the web. When you see an image you want to pin, simply click “Pin It” on your browser.

You can also re-pin an image you find while viewing others Pinterest boards. When you do this, the user who first pinned the image will also get credit. A re-pin maintains the source-link of the image no matter how many times it is re-pinned.

Pinterest makes the following recommendations to make Pinterest the most useful to yourself and others:

  1. Pin from the original source
  2. Pin from permalinks
  3. Give credit and include a thoughtful pin description.

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