I figured to make sure that we are all on the same playing field, a good old teaching technique as defining terminology would be critical. The 3 main terms used when running around Pinterest are
Pin Board Follow
With the agreed upon assumption that Pinterest really is the expert on Pinterest, I’ll let them define what a Pin is:
“What is a pin?
A pin is an image added to Pinterest. A pin can be added from a website using the Pin It button, or you can upload images from your computer. Each pin added using the Pin It button links back to the site it came from.”
Here is a favorite pin of mine:
Orange arrow = image that has been pinned
Aqua arrow = comment made by the person who originally pinned it
Green arrow = where the pin came from and where it was posted to
This pin’s intention was to motivate us to walk a mile, eat that banana, or lift that 5 lb dumbbell now because starting is infinitely better than not starting. I would submit to you readers, that beginning your pinterest endeavors now is better than not starting at all. So give yourself a round of applause for even just reading this blog post for it is a baby step start! And as Jennifer Hudson says “It turns out that even the smallest changes can have a big impact.”
Now where did I put that pin? Oh, on a Board
! Just like you have filing folders in your filing cabinet, folders on your Widows Explorer, or your coupon organizers for those Extreme Couponers
amongst us; Pinterest has an organizing tool called the Board. The Board is where you organize and file all pins that you feel are within the same group. Defining your boards will be key in your business marketing strategy on Pinterest (which I’ll talk about in the Pinterest Baby Step #3 – What Boards to Have?)
You’ll see from my personal Pinterest account that I have the following boards
Food (I really can’t remember what the difference is between cooking and food board
Timothy (my son)
Paper decorations (who knows why I have this one….)
1. All of each of these areas can be edited by clicking on the “Edit”.
2. You can have an unlimited amount of Boards
3. You have a running tally of Boards, Pins, Likes, Activity, Followers, & Following in the row directly above the board area.
Which beautifully leads me to define Follow. “I will follow him. Follow him wherever you may go… (Not familiar with this song? Check out Whoopi Goldberg’s version)
Pinterest Follow is truly not complicated. When you choose to Follow someone or group or business, you will be able to see all of their pins. They will not show up on any of your boards until you repin it. We’ll talk about the strategy of who and why to follow someone (Pinterest Baby Step #5 – Who to Follow)
That’s all the “terms” you need to know. So no quiz or exam – just start perusing Pinterest to see what sparks your interest. Come back for Pinterest Baby Step #3 – What Boards to Have
? To learn strategies as to what boards to create.