Have you tried Pinterest yet?
I am just working with it for the first time. It’s a new social media platform which allows you to PIN an image onto a bulletin board. A user can create, name and manage as many bulletin boards as you like. The emphasis here is on the graphic qualities of information, on images.
Here’s a good beginner’s guide to Pinterest that details how to get invited, signed on and more. Because others have done great tutorials, I won’t get into the details here.
Instead, I’ll discusss what good is Pinterest to authors?
You have to get with the terminology here. You don’t post, you Pin. You can Like, that didn’t change from Facebook. But instead of share, You RePin.
One problem with Pinterest is that you must post the image somewhere else first, and that somewhere cannot be Facebook. That means you need a Flikr account or a blog or other photo sharing service. Once posted there, you can PIN the image to your bulletin board. Before you get started with Pinterest, decide where you’ll post images and get that account set up first.
Then, be sure to get Pinterest’s bookmarklet which adds a PIN IT button to your browser’s toolbar. Makes it slick and easy to Pin. Just navigate to the image where ever it resides on the internt, click on PIN IT and you’re there.
What to Pin
What to RePin
Anything that interests you visually. But you want to do Repinning, it’s how you participate in this social media community. Take a few odd moments to browse and repin each day. You’ll find lots to look at, believe me.
Who to Follow
When you sign up, Pinterest asks you about your interest and you are automatically signed up to follow a couple hundred people. They seed your ground for you.
You can follow either a person, which means you’ll see every board they Pin onto. Or, you can follow just a board, which means you’ll only see Pins onto that one specific board.
- Janet Fox
- Kate Nessner — try her Board, What Revision Looks Like.
- Nancy Castalado
- Kelly Milner Halls
- Joanna Marple
- Cheryl Rainfield
- Darcy Pattison — My boards
Why Do Pinterest?
Finding your audience. Social media is an ongoing search for your audience. Where do your readers hang out? Have you found them on Facebook or on some listserv? Stay there! But if you’re looking for more connections, think about what Boards you could create and maintain that might interest your readers. Try it out and see if your audience might be migrating to this visual social media.
Just getting started? REpin some of these great bird drawings!
Please suggest others to follow in the comments, including your own Pinterest site.
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