What is Pinterest?Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to
create and manage theme-based image collections such as events,
interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images,
"re-pin" images to their own pinboards, or "like" photos.
A Pin is an image (or video) you add to Pinterest that links back to
the website it came from. This means that Pins often lead to a place
with useful information, such as a recipe, an interesting article or
something you can buy.
There are a few ways to add Pins:
Let's say you’re browsing a blog for dinner inspiration and you find a recipe for soft pretzels that
look perfect to bring to a neighborhood potluck next month. You click
the Pin It button, create a new board that you name “Grub” (boards are
where you add Pins by topic) and you Pin it to this board. Once you’re
ready to start stockpiling your freezer with pretzel dough, just go to
your Grub board, click the Pin image to see it close up, click the image
one more time and you’re back to the site it came from!
Now that you're a Pinterest pro, here are some other things you can do with Pins:
- Like a Pin when you want to say “Hey you! Neat idea” or to save it when you’re not quite sure what board to add it to yet
- Share a Pin you know someone would love by sending it or @ mentioning their name in the Pin’s description or comment. If you’re feeling social, try sharing Pins on Facebook and Twitter.
These are just the basics - here's more on Pins!
A board is where you collect your Pins. You could add dinner ideas to
your board called Cook, workout routines to your Fitness board, or
watches, suits and Aston Martins to your James Bond board.
Boards can be secret or public, and you can invite other people to
Pin with you on any of your boards. If you’re planning a surprise party
with friends, you might want to create a secret group board.
Make boards for anything and everything – hobbies, interests, ideas,
projects, travel plans, cooking adventures – you name it! Just take a
look at boards from some our Pinployees:
| Mantras | Every Online Article I've Read Starting 7/16/13 | Civilizations and Wonders | Top Bar Bees | Nom-ables | Fly fishing | Workspace |
| Pinspiration | Chinese Calligraphy | Make | Free of Gluten | Pinterest the Movie | Living Aesthetic | Yoga | Woodwork | Interesting Animals |
Click to learn more about Boards, Secret Boards, and Group Boards!
When you first log in, you’ll land on your home feed. This
is a collection of Pins from the Pinners and boards you follow, and it
updates every time a new Pin is added. If we ever have recommendations,
you’ll see them here. This is your home base, and whenever you want to
find this page again, just click the Pinterest logo.
people and boards is how you fill up your home feed with interesting
stuff. It's all about what you like, not just who you know, so if you
come across someone who Pins things you love, follow them and you'll see
their new Pins in your home feed.
If you want to follow a person, click Follow All on their profile to
follow all of their current boards and any new ones they create. To
follow just one board, click Follow beneath the individual board.
Just a note: when you follow group boards, you'll see Pins
from anyone who adds Pins to that board. This means you might see Pins
from people you don't follow.
Let’s say you come across a Pinner with great style and
taste so you decide to Follow All her boards. Then she creates a
Sourdough board that doesn’t fit with your gluten-free lifestyle. You
can click Unfollow beneath the board on that Pinner’s profile to stop
seeing all those bread Pins in your home feed. (Don’t worry, we
understand your tastes change - that person won’t be notified). Since
you chose to Follow All of her boards, you’ll also have the option to
Unfollow All. Click this to unfollow all her boards and any future
boards she creates.
Finding things on Pinterest
To find something specific, just do a quick search in the search box and then toggle between views for Pins, Boards and Pinners. For example, if you search for “bacon" this is what you'll find:
Clicking Pins will show Pins about bacon - like bacon tacos, bacon ovens or bacon roses
Clicking Boards will show boards with “bacon” in the title
Clicking Pinners will show people who have Bacon in their name - like Sir Francis Bacon or Kevin Bacon
You can also search just your own Pins by selecting Just my Pins. Make sure to add relevant descriptions to your Pins so they're easily searchable!
Looking for ideas for your next family getaway but don’t
have a destination in mind yet? The category menu lets you browse
different category feeds, like Travel, Outdoors or Design. These feeds
automatically update with new Pins from that category.
Your Pinterest account
To get to your profile, just click your name and then Your Boards or Your Pins.
From here, you can change your username, display name or profile
description, click the little pencil on your profile. Your display name
is what shows up on your profile and on Pins you interact with. Your
username is what shows up in your profile’s address, ex.
Changing your profile picture is easy - hover over the current image and click Change Picture to upload one from your computer.
Notifications tell you when someone
Pins, likes or comments on your Pins, follows you or one of your
boards, or mentions you in a comment. When you have new notifications,
you'll see a number in the notifications bubble – just click it to see
To edit your account settings, click your name and then Settings. Then update whatever you need to.
Find out more ways to manage your account.