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Date: 10/6/13 12:32 PM

I am not sure I really understand Pinterest so I thought I would ask you guys to tell me what you use it for also some questions on how to use it.

I do understand that you can make boards and pin thing you like to the board.
Some shopping websites I visit have an icon for Pinterest and you can click it and have the picture go to the site. I am sure there must be other methods of getting pictures on there but have not researched that yet.

Is there some way to have what I like display when I log in and not all the pictures of a lot of very thin women, hair do's, jewelry, clothing and an awful lot of shoes.

I do know how to do searches and find pictures of things I like. Some of the pictures will have links to blogs or websites. I get that. All though I do wonder why some of the DIY pictures have no links?

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Date: 10/6/13 1:28 PM

I'm fairly new to Pinterest as I started using it some time after the Pinterest contest challenge here at PatternReview. However, I can tell you how I access Pinterest - I have a bookmark that goes directly to my page of boards. It looks like this:
http://www.pinterest.com/gwensparkle/boards/ Where gwensparkle is my username.

I also found I prefer to just copy the url of the page that has the image I'm interested in and then use "add a pin" for one of my boards I'm interested in adding to. I know there is an app you can add to your browser and a lot of pages provide the app themselves, so those might be your preference. I'm pretty picky about what I put on my boards, so I like the control of adding from the "add a pin" popup window and using "from a website".

I will also occasionally just add a pin from someone else's pins when I'm searching around Pinterest inself.

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Date: 10/7/13 4:13 PM

When you go to the pinterest site your name will be in the upper right hand corner. If you click on your name, right underneath a menu will drop down. Your boards will be the first thing on the drop down menu.

The pins in your feed should just be pins from boards you follow. If you find too much of one type of thing, just unfollow that board. You can look for sewing, cooking, home dec, crafts and all sorts of things. I find it easier to find things on my boards than in my computer.
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Date: 10/7/13 9:02 PM

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When you go to the pinterest site your name will be in the upper right hand corner. If you click on your name, right underneath a menu will drop down. Your boards will be the first thing on the drop down menu.



The pins in your feed should just be pins from boards you follow. If you find too much of one type of thing, just unfollow that board. You can look for sewing, cooking, home dec, crafts and all sorts of things. I find it easier to find things on my boards than in my computer.
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If you are unlucky, like I am, Pinterest adds a bunch of their own pins they "think you might be interested in". I contacted them and they apologized but said I'd been randomly chosen for the test phase and there was nothing they could do. Thats when I changed to link to my boards instead of the feed which was now filled with all sorts of creepy garbage I didn't ask for. Their algorithm was horrible, although last time I looked, it seemed like they had improved it a little.

I gave them a lot of constructive feedback and now almost never look at the feed. From the page with my boards, if I want to look at what someone I'm following as recently posted I click on the link to view boards I follow. Unfortunately that is shown as links to the person, not the board you are interested in, so you have to go to the person and then search out the board you want. I gave Pinterest feedback on that too.
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Date: 10/8/13 10:39 AM

I love the sharing part of Pinterest, and like to follow others to see whatnthey pin. I am careful about following group boards however. I also finetune what I see on my feed by unfollowing specific boards. For example, someone I follow started a board for dolls, and I was getting sick of dolls. So, I unfollowed just that board.

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Date: 10/8/13 11:27 AM

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I love the sharing part of Pinterest, and like to follow others to see whatnthey pin. I am careful about following group boards however. I also finetune what I see on my feed by unfollowing specific boards. For example, someone I follow started a board for dolls, and I was getting sick of dolls. So, I unfollowed just that board.




You would hate as much as I do then if they foist the "pins we think ou might like" on the general pinterest public. I had considered it one of the best things about Pinterest was that you could customize the feed.

However, I just now went to see what the proportion of unsolicited pins in my feed was and have discovered they are now gone. I wonder if they got as much negative feedback from everyone else they tried it with as they got from me. We may have helped avert a facebook-like disaster for now!
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Date: 10/8/13 12:37 PM

I used Pinterest for a brief time but never really got into it. I think it's because I am not a wildly public networker, which is really what it is about, and I found it limiting. I have since discovered Evernote which I used instead because I can "pin" pictures, pages, or URLs, and then easily make notes or comments on my "pins". My notebooks are private unless I choose to share them. But- you miss out on the whole social sharing thing, which can be fun, just not my thing at the moment. I have some friends who are Pinterest addicts :-).

One thing that I think is great about Pinterest is that if you find someone with similar tastes or interests to you, you can see their inspirations or ideas, or you can do a search through the boards which can be a lot faster than searching the web for something specific.

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Date: 10/8/13 1:14 PM

I don't think you have to be a public networker to have a use for Pinterest. I'm not. For me, prior to pinterest, I'd been downloading images and keeping them in folders on my computer, so this was a great substitute.

As you point out searchs, and finding someone with boards you like are useful. One of my favorite boards I follow is a gal who matches designer fashions to sewing patterns.

One third of my boards are private. I even found it unsettling the first time someone followed one of my public boards, but keeping most of my boards public was my way of "giving back".

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Date: 10/8/13 7:56 PM

Gwen- I totally agree, and like your perspective about giving back. And funny enough after reading this thread, and now starting to look for skirt ideas, (having just finished my first skirt YEAH), I thought maybe I would re-visit Pinterest to set up a board for skirt inspirations :-).

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Date: 10/8/13 10:23 PM

None of my boards are private but then I don't put anything personal on pinterest. I just like the availability of all of the ideas.

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