Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pinterest Possibilities


Morgan Mandel
 Pinterest is the hottest new social networking site. It has many possibilities, so many I haven't figured all of them out yet. I hear hints of what can be done, but am not sure yet how to go about doing all of it.

Some things I do know -
After you join, First, you get a bunch of Boards. You can rename them what you want, but be sure to classify them, so people looking for pictures in certain subjects will see yours.

To put stuff on the Boards, you can type in urls for your own blog or website and pictures will come up, from which to choose. Make sure you have the rights to what you want to share. You can Pin pics onto your own Boards, and somehow people might notice where to go and decide to go there, although many just like looking at the pretty pics and do Likes or Repins onto their own Boards. What's cool is your Boards can also show up on Google searches. There's a space under your pics for comments, which you or someone else can make. I haven't done too many, but probably should start doing so.

Somehow once I joined Pinterest, emails started coming in with people following my Boards, or Liking my pins, or Repinning my Pins. When I get one from someone I'm not following yet, I click the email to follow that person.

If you choose to do so, you can sign in with Facebook or Twitter and specify that your pins show up on those sites as well.
There are other possibilities, which I have yet to figure out, such as using hashtags (#) or @ like in Twitter. I'm not sure how that works, but maybe someone reading this will enlighten all of us on how that works.

Here's my Pinterest Page, if anyone wants to follow me. Those who already belong, if you wish to mention yours, please do so in the comment section here.

I had to receive an invitation to join Pinterest. I'm not sure if that still holds true, but if you have trouble joining, send me an email at morgan@ morganmandel.com with Pinterest in the subject line and ask for one. I'll be glad to send one off to you.

Follow Me on Pinterest

There's even an app for the iPhone, so you can play on there when you get bored. Pinterest has possibilities, but more than that, it can be relaxing and less stressful than weeding through some of the comments that can crop up on FB and Twitter. I recommend you give it a try.

12 comments:

Mona Risk said...

Hi Morgan, It's too difficult and time consuming for me. I may revisit at a later time. Anyway, I twitted your blog.

Morgan Mandel said...

Thanks, Mona. I do it so far for relaxationm and haven't explored all the angles. I just love the pretty pics.

Ashley McConnell said...

There's also an app for Pinning quotes (called, logically enough, Pinquote). You can probably find this via Google--I can't remember the URL.

Diana Orgain said...

I've actually been trying to sign up for Pinterest, but I can get in. Sigh!

Maryann Miller said...

I'm still in the "trying to decide" camp. Not sure I need one more thing to do that keeps me from writing.

Lesa said...

I'm playing with it. Mine is quite personal, things I enjoy, but I've seen some librarians who are even using it to show ARCs they've received and read. And, from what I've seen, decorating businesses love it - visual. We'll have to see what kind of practical uses it has.

Mayra Calvani said...

I don't plan to join for the moment. Too much on my plate with my two websites, two blogs and facebook and twitter.

Helen Ginger said...

Everyone seems to be talking about Pinterest, but I keep wanting to go hide under a rock. Another thing to try to keep up with!

Marian Allen said...

I pop on a few times a day. I've learned to be picky about which boards I follow: If I'm getting too many pictures of people's fashion outfits or zombies or whatever, I can click on the name of that board and unfollow it.

Pinterest is a feast for the eyes, and I often see people or settings or [fill in the blank] I can pin to a board for one of my books or projects.

I try to put pictures in my posts now, so they're pinnable. So far, I haven't seen any of my blog posts pinned by anyone other than myself, but I live in hope!

Marian Allen
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

jenny milchman said...

Oh my, Morgan, how do you do it?? Pinterest sounds fascinating, but I'm already completely behind on Google +. I just can't keep up! Thanks for the tips--I hope to get there one of these days (months)...

farrah said...

It is quite addictive. I find many diy project ideas, party ideas, and lots of new recipes. Then of course I share my author interviews and guest posts amongst other things I might find.

My pinterest boards are at pinterest.com/Farrah1230

Kate Dolan said...

I avoided Facebook for a long time because I figured once I finally jumped in, something new would come along and I'd have to start the learning curve over. This may be it! Thanks for explaining it to us...