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Up and Running with Pinterest
Illustration by Neil Webb

Finding your friends


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Up and Running with Pinterest

with Justin Seeley

Video: Finding your friends

When you first log in to Pinterest, you will automatically be following a set number of users based upon the interests that you gave during the sign-up phase. However, you may want to go and find your actual friends associated with your Facebook or Twitter accounts to follow what they're doing on Pinterest as well. In order to find your friends, simply go up to the top-right, hover over your name, and choose Find Friends. Once you do that, you'll automatically be taken to a section that showcases friends that you have on a given service in which you've signed up for Pinterest with. For instance I signed up with Facebook; therefore, my Pinterest account is automatically linked to my Facebook account, and so it goes through and it looks for any of my Facebook friends who happen to already be on Pinterest.

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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

Finding your friends

When you first log in to Pinterest, you will automatically be following a set number of users based upon the interests that you gave during the sign-up phase. However, you may want to go and find your actual friends associated with your Facebook or Twitter accounts to follow what they're doing on Pinterest as well. In order to find your friends, simply go up to the top-right, hover over your name, and choose Find Friends. Once you do that, you'll automatically be taken to a section that showcases friends that you have on a given service in which you've signed up for Pinterest with. For instance I signed up with Facebook; therefore, my Pinterest account is automatically linked to my Facebook account, and so it goes through and it looks for any of my Facebook friends who happen to already be on Pinterest.

Those are located over here on the right. The rest of my Facebook friends will be listed here, and I can invite them to join Pinterest by clicking the Invite button. Clicking the Invite button takes me to a Facebook message where I can then send someone an invitation to Pinterest. Once I click Send, it will send them a message inviting them to Pinterest. If I wish to follow the people that are already on Pinterest, I simply find them on the right and click the Follow button. Now that I've done that, I can go to my profile by clicking my name, and you can see now that I'm following two people.

You may see that you're following more than that because Pinterest automatically follows several people for you based upon your interests. All you have to do is click right here on the Following link and anyone who you are following currently that you don't want to be following, you simply find the Unfollow button and click that. That way you will no longer see their updates inside of Pinterest. So now I'm following two of my friends from Facebook and if I wanted to, I could go back to Find my Friends and I could search for even more. So for instance, if wanted to use, say, my Gmail contact list, I could click on the Gmail link.

It'll tell you if it can find anybody in your Gmail contacts or if it can't. In this case, it can't find anybody because I haven't connected my Gmail with Pinterest. If you wish to connect your Gmail account, simply click this button, follow the steps, and then go through and find anyone in your contact list that might be on Pinterest. The same holds true for Yahoo or another email service, if you have one. In any case, finding your friends is going to give you a better opportunity to grow your social networking on Pinterest and also find interesting things that your friends post on Pinterest as well.

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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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