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Up and Running with Pinterest
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Adding video pins


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Up and Running with Pinterest

with Justin Seeley

Video: Adding video pins

Up until now we've mainly been discussing how to add static image pins to our Pinterest boards, but one of the little-known things about Pinterest is the fact that you can actually add video pins as well. Now this is something that Pinterest doesn't really advertise necessarily because I think they really want you to be either uploading or pinning images as much as possible, because that's the easiest form of interaction. Somebody just looks at a picture and they either like it or they don't. But you can also add video content very quickly and very easily.

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Up and Running with Pinterest
1h 13m Beginner Aug 29, 2012 Updated Mar 18, 2013

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Pinterest is a social media tool that allows you to bookmark content around the web in a visually pleasing arrangement. In this course, author Justin Seeley illustrates the basics of setting up and managing a Pinterest account and explores ideas for finding inspiration. Fill out your profile, add friends, and start pinning. Discover how to share activity on Facebook and Twitter, add your own image and video pins, and plan for activities like a wedding or vacation. The course also covers pinning on the go with the iOS and Android apps.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a new account
  • Finding friends
  • Understanding boards and pins
  • Following other users
  • Creating and editing boards
  • Rearranging and deleting boards
  • Following proper pinning etiquette
  • Aggregating inspiration or ideas
  • Browsing and purchasing gifts
Subjects:
Business Online Marketing Social Networks SEO
Software:
Pinterest
Author:
Justin Seeley

Adding video pins

Up until now we've mainly been discussing how to add static image pins to our Pinterest boards, but one of the little-known things about Pinterest is the fact that you can actually add video pins as well. Now this is something that Pinterest doesn't really advertise necessarily because I think they really want you to be either uploading or pinning images as much as possible, because that's the easiest form of interaction. Somebody just looks at a picture and they either like it or they don't. But you can also add video content very quickly and very easily.

So the first thing you need to do is find a piece of video content that you wish to share. So I am going to hop over here to the lynda.com YouTube page, and I am just going to pick up one of these videos. In order to pick up a video that you want to share on the Pinterest, all you have to do is find the video and right-click on it and choose Copy Link Address, or Copy URL. You could also click on the video itself to go to the page where it lives and select the URL in the URL bar, copy it, and then navigate back over to Pinterest. As long as you have the URL of the video copied somewhere to your clipboard, then you can go back to Pinterest, choose Add, and choose Add a Pin, paste in the URL, and click Find Images.

Now you'll notice here that it finds an image of this, and it is just an image. But if I add this to my lynda.com videos, describe it, "Another video from lynda.com," I could also go back over here and just copy the description. So if I select this information here copy it, go back over, and paste it in, it tells me a little bit more about this video. Now I'll go ahead and hit Pin It and as you can see, it doesn't paste in an image.

It actually puts in the video. And if I click play-- (video playing) (Rob Garrott: Hi, Rob Garrott here, and welcome to Design in Motion, the weekly--) As you can see, it plays the video right here inside of Pinterest. Now in addition to entering a URL like I did there, if you have the Pin It button installed, you can actually use that as well. So let's go back to the lynda.com YouTube channel here for a second.

I'll go back over here and I'll just select one of these other videos. So let's select this one here, this WordPress tutorial, and I'll go ahead and grab that, click on it, and I'll pause the video. Then I am going to select Pin It. Once I select Pin It, it's going to grab what it needs. I'll hit Pin It. I am going to add it to lynda.com videos. Notice it automatically grabs WordPress tutorial: Installing and activating the Hatch theme, and gives attribution to lynda.com.

So this is actually the more cordial way of doing this, because not only do you automatically get the information related to the video, but you also get the attribution to the person that posted it, so, in this case lynda.com. So I'll go ahead and hit Pin It. If I want to see my pin, I'll click See my pin. It's going to take me to Pinterest, and there is my pin, and it has the video right there like it's supposed to. It also has the description: WordPress tutorial: Installing and activating the Hatch theme by lynda.com. And that's an active link to take you to lynda.com as well.

Underneath there, you'll see a link to the YouTube video as well and attribution at the end of that. As I said earlier, attribution is very important, and we are going to talk a lot about pinning etiquette a little bit later on. But I wanted to show you this so you can see that there's not only two ways to add video, but there's also a great way to add video with attribution simply with the click of a button.

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Q: This course was updated on 3/18/2013. What changed?
A: This is a limited update to keep the course current with recent changes to Pinterest. Justin identified four updates, which are covered in Chapter 6, "Using Pinterest on the Go":

1. Secret boards
2. Business account features
3. Minor app changes and refinements
4. Using Pinterest on mobile devices
 
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