Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pinterest Lesson for Mom - Part 1

Lesson 1 - Getting Your Head Around What Pinterest Is

This is for my mom, who has a Pinterest account but ZERO boards and ZERO posts.

I want you to know how fun it is to pin away, so I'm going to give you a little crash course for beginners. Nothing fancy yet.  Nothing scary.  I just want to explain it to you in my own way.

The first lesson is very simple -- Get your head around how Pinterest works and what it is.  Mom (and several other non-pinners I've spoken with) have said they "don't get Pinterest" and just don't understand what it is.

Imagine the entire internet is a huge stack of magazines, books, photographs, catalogs, brochures, etc.

Now imagine that Pinterest is a big blank wall in your house.  You have a bunch of bulletin boards on the wall for different categories.  (These are, you guessed it, your BOARDS.)  You can name these boards things like "Crafts," "Recipes," "Gifts to Buy My Daughter," etc.

If you see something you like on the internet, you just tear out the page (or picture or some words) so you can go back to it later.  (That's a PIN.)  You're going to take that picture you tore off the "paper internet" and assign it to any board you want.  (That's PINNING.)

The cool thing is this.  Let's say you wanted to keep a really long article you saw online about the joys of having an amazing daughter.  Seriously, you should do that.  Anyway, suppose the article is really long, and it wouldn't be convenient to tear out the whole article and all its accompanying photos.  So you just take one photo from the article to remind you what the article is about.  You pin that, and Pinterest will automatically link it with the article.  You can add your own description if you want to.  Then later you can go to your boards, click on that picture, and it will take you to the site where you first found it.

Easy, right?

Next lesson coming soon!

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