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Up and Running with Pinterest

What is a pin?


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Up and Running with Pinterest

with Justin Seeley

Video: What is a pin?

One of the terms that you're going to hear all of the time throughout this course, or anytime someone's talking to you about Pinterest, is the word "pin." So exactly, what is a pin? Well, according to Pinterest's definition, a pin is an image that's 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. Basically, what this is telling you is, Pinterest is a collection of images, whether it'd be inspirational, instructional, or whatever type of image that you want to upload.

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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

What is a pin?

One of the terms that you're going to hear all of the time throughout this course, or anytime someone's talking to you about Pinterest, is the word "pin." So exactly, what is a pin? Well, according to Pinterest's definition, a pin is an image that's 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. Basically, what this is telling you is, Pinterest is a collection of images, whether it'd be inspirational, instructional, or whatever type of image that you want to upload.

And basically, a pin is just a representation of the image and a little bit of information about it. However, what Pinterest has failed to tell you is that you can actually add not only photos, but also video to your pins as well. So if I were to click one of these pins that I got from the lynda.com YouTube page, once I click on the image, it actually launches the YouTube video. (video playing) If I had clicked on a pin where it was just an image, it would have launched the image in this window, and I could see the information about the pin underneath it.

Clicking outside of a pin takes you right back to the pinboard in which you are viewing. Basically a pin is something that you think is interesting and you want to save it for later. Think of Pinterest as a virtual corkboard. You've all seen those corkboards that have been hanging up in offices and things like that for years, and anytime you want to remember something, what do you do? You take it, you have a pin, and you pin it to the corkboard. Well, that's exactly what Pinterest is, a virtual corkboard. So think of it this way: I can't actually pick up this video and stick a pin through it in real life, but I found this video online, I wanted to save it in a place where I could easily find it later, so I've essentially digitally pinned it to this Pinterest board.

Same thing for these photos. These photos exist online; they are not on a piece of paper or printed in a magazine. I can't just tear them out and pin them to my wall. So in this case, I found them online and I have now pinned them digitally here inside of Pinterest. That's what makes Pinterest so cool. You can find anything on the web--an image, a video, whatever it might be--and then save that for later using the Pinterest and this virtual pinning system. So the next time you hear someone talk about a pin on Pinterest, just know that it's something they found interesting that they wanted to save for later using the Pinterest system.

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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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