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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.
Throughout this course I have given you several ways in which you can use the Pinterest system, but most of what I have been telling you has been point-and-click or very technical. I haven't actually talked about the theory of why you would actually want to use Pinterest for various tasks that you might be trying to accomplish. And so in the next few movies, I'm going to cover several different ways, through what I call a Pinterest showcase, to show you how you can use Pinterest to accomplish these tasks that I am talking about. The first one is called Visualizing a Vacation, and so basically I'm going to show you how I would use Pinterest in order to build up a repository of images that reflect what I want to do while I'm on vacation.
I'll then show you how you can tie that in to some research material so that you can learn as much about your destination before you get there so that you're well educated before the trip even begins. So let's go ahead and start by going to my board entitled Visualizing a Vacation. And once I am on this board, you will notice that I have several different things that I've uploaded: pictures, things like that I think that I want to see while I am on my trip to Europe. So what I want to do is start to aggregate all of this different stuff that I want to do while I'm on vacation. So you could do this by finding things online.
You can upload photos that you already have. You know how to do that by now because we have covered it in the previous movies. But this is a great way also to add in some educational content to what you're building as well. For instance, down here at the bottom, I have this Giant's Causeway photograph. And if I click on this, you can see that I've written a description that says, "Giant's Causeway, on the northernmost tip of Ireland, is a place I long to see because of the naturally formed rock columns." So, maybe I need a little bit more information about Giant's Causeway, and so in order to do that, I need to edit this pin and then I need to put some information with it.
So, I am first going to click Edit, and you will notice there is a section when I click Edit that takes me to a link. And so I can actually put in a link to something that references Giant's Causeway. So I have pulled up the Wikipedia page for Giant's Causeway so I can see everything there is to know about it. I am just going to select all of this address in the address bar, copy it, go back to Pinterest, and put that as a link. Then I'll hit Save Pin. Once I do that now, it tells me that this is from Wikipedia, and that's not necessarily where I got the photo from, but it does give me an entryway back to that information.
So if I were to click right here at any given time, it takes me right back to the Giant's Causeway Wikipedia page, enabling me to read all about it. I could also share this board or this pin with other people who are going with me on vacation and enable them to read all about the places that we plan to visit as well. So let's go back to Visualizing a Vacation. As you can see, I have got several things that I want to see: I have got a statue, I've got some different places in the city, I have got some areas where I want to go shopping, places where I want to eat--all different types of things that I've aggregated here using Pinterest.
I really believe that this is a great way to visually represent where you want to go when you go on a vacation. So, take some time and explore the web, whether it'd be Wikipedia, about.com. Wherever you like to do your research, do your research there and then start to pin things in Pinterest using the Pin It bookmarklet or simply by adding it in the main Pinterest page, and you will be glad you did, because once you have all of the stuff aggregated, it makes it so much easier to then plan out your trip day by day.
It's going to streamline your process and you're going to be much happier being educated and having a nice list of things to do.
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