Today, StyleBlueprint is scratching the surface of social media. It’s a huge topic, to say the least, so we decided to divide and conquer among our SB cities to give all of our readers some helpful information and tips about some of the most popular platforms people are using to connect with one another online. Atlanta is tackling Pinterest here, and at the end of this feature, you’ll find links to posts on Facebook, Instagram, iPhone and LinkedIn. We’ve learned a lot putting these posts together and hope you find this information equally helpful!
Before I joined Pinterest, I had piles and piles of pages and clippings torn out of magazines for design and recipe inspiration. It was never a good method. I would tear something out, it might make it into my designated folders (or not), and then I would never look at it again.
Then Pinterest was created! The genius behind Pinterest is that if you find something that you like, whether it is a beautiful house, a killer pair of boots or an inspirational quote, all you have to do it “pin it.” Most websites and blogs have a pin button on their site (StyleBlueprint does!) making it easy for you to pin away. You can also install a pin button onto your computer’s bookmark bar for easy access.
Something to remember as you pin: try to include the source of the photo and credit the artist or designer of a piece of clothing or jewelry. Pinterest calls this Pin Etiquette and it just creates a happier environment when everyone is respectful of each other!
Once you start pinning, boards are created to keep everything organized. You title the boards yourself, so you can create a board for just about anything. Think of them as virtual folders for keeping all of your inspirations organized.
Similar to Instagram, you follow your friends or those who inspire you in order to see what they are pinning. You can also easily search by categories or popular pins to find new people or boards to follow. Pinterest is an open platform where you can follow anyone’s board you desire, and as of right now, there is not a way to add a privacy feature to your own boards. While I think the privacy concerns of Pinterest are not as strong as Facebook or Twitter, their open platform is something parents might want to be aware of.
Once you begin following others boards, their pins will appear on your home page. Then you can repin them, “like” the pin, or add a comment.
Similar to Facebook and Twitter, indviduals are not the only ones jumping on the Pinterest bandwagon. Companies are starting to create their own boards in order to define their brand and image.
Recently, I have discovered another reason why I love Pinterest. I’m in the middle of two projects with an interior designer and instead of sending emails back and forth with pictures, all I have to say is “I found a few sconces that I love for the kitchen wall and I pinned them all to Pinterest for you to take a look.” So easy!
Pinterest is not just a time waster (although, i really can spend a whole Saturday morning on the site); it is a great site to gain inspiration and to keep all your beautiful images organized!
Check out our social media posts in other SB cities today:
In Nashville: Facebook: Social Media Tips
In Birmingham: Smart Phones, Smarter Parents: Tips for Safe Usage
In Louisville: Say Hello to Instagram