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Friday, August 1, 2014

Pin Tip: An easier way to find things you’ve Pinned

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Remember that great idea you Pinned a while back and always meant to try? Ready to give it a go? Here’s how to get right to it.

1. Make sure you have the latest version of our app on iOS and android

2. Go to your profile

3. Type in whatever you’re looking for in the Search your Pins field

To make your Pins even easier to find, you can always add more details to your Pin descriptions.

For more good ideas, follow our Pin Tips board.

Happy Pinning!

—Dong Wang, Software Engineer, currently Pinning to Animal 動物

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Pin Tip: How to follow (or unfollow!) Pinners and boards

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The next time you find a Pin that looks interesting, take a look at who Pinned it. If you like what they’re Pinning, follow them to get their latest finds delivered right to your home feed. Or just see which of your friends are here and follow anyone who Pins things you’re into.

Follow all their boards, or just a few. Love your friend’s article Pins but aren’t so into their wedding stuff? Pick and choose which boards you follow on their profile. 

It’s super easy to unfollow. To stop getting someone’s Pins, go their profile to unfollow them. You can also do a quick scrub of all the different people you’re following.

For more tips about following, and how to fill your home feed with even more great stuff, click on over to our Help Center.

Evany Thomas, Content strategist, Currently pinning to Cloudy with a chance of I want

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pin Tip: How to Pin things you find around the web

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You can always Pin anything you find on Pinterest, but did you know you can also save things from around the web? All your browser needs is a Pin It button!

Collect recipes to try. Browse your favorite food blogs and Pin whatever looks good.

Save articles for later. Pin any juicy headline you see to read at your leisure.

Weigh your options. Shopping for a couch? Pin all your ideas before you commit.

Whenever you spot something interesting out on the web, just click your new Pin It button and…pow! You’ve got a visual bookmark that links right back to the site it came from.

On your computer? Grab the Pin It button for your browser. On your phone? Here’s how you Pin on the go.

—Evany Thomas, Content Strategist, Currently pinning to Would you look at that!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Find ways to stay active this winter

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So you’ve probably needed a sweater this winter thanks to a polar vortex sweeping through much of North America and the rest of the world. But even with freezing temperatures raining on your parade, check out these winter activities tips guaranteed to make your winter into a wonderland.

STAY ACTIVE: if you feel sluggish and need to exercise those limbs to get some blood pumping, check out these winter sports that don’t require you to be an athlete - just a little adventurous.

GET CREATIVE: No need to worry about how to pass the time if you’re stuck indoors anymore.

Keep the kids engaged:

Follow Malia {Playdough to Plato}’s board Winter Activities for Kids on Pinterest.

Mix things up:

Follow Brett Arthur Donar’s board libations on Pinterest.

Embrace the cold and make art:

Build snowmen (without snow):

DIY WINTER HACKS: never let Winter take advantage of you anymore.

Theres more fun to be had this winter. So if you’re looking for some more ideas, head over to Pinterest and browse through some more boards, no matter your energy or adventure level.

—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Breathe easy this Valentine’s Day

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Valentines Day is a sneaky holiday. I say that because every year, the day creeps up out of nowhere and I realize last minute that I need plan something thoughtful and from the heart. It usually ends with me making a mad dash to the flower shop, scrambling for last minute reservations, and then ultimately getting yelled at by my wife. It happens every year.

But thanks to Pinterest, this year is going to be different. Check out these Pins to help the last minute planners like me relax, plan, and prepare for Valentines Day.

DIY GIFTS: Don’t have time to run to the store for a gift? Take a deep breath. This gift requires only two items and a thoughtful note to your other half.

DON’T JUST SAY IT, DO IT: Even the smallest of gestures can go a long way on this day. Here are quick ways to show your affection:

Follow Erin Lu’s board Love: Ways to Say I Love You on Pinterest.

MASTER PLANS: If you’re SOI (significant other impaired) like me, then these last minute date ideas are the winning secret playbook:

Or if you think ahead, check out this travel board for a romantic getaway:

Follow Morgan Nicole’s board Sensational and Romantic Getaways on Pinterest.

TURN UP THE HEAT: Looking to set the mood afterwards? Find items around the house and light that fire:

Or, for the cuddlers out there -

There’s more where that came from. So if you’re name is Forgetful Frank around Valentines Day, don’t panic. Jump on Pinterest and browse through romantic gift and event ideas to impress your other half.

—Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Year, New Ideas for the Classroom

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We love hearing from the growing number teachers who use Pinterest to find ideas for lesson plans, classroom activities, and professional development. Last August we launched pinterest.com/teachers, a hub for teachers to connect with one another and discover new ideas, and to get inspiration to create their own boards.

Since then, more than 72,000 people have followed the account, and we’ve made some updates:

— New boards added to pinterest.com/teachers, including creative ideas on Technology in the Classroom, High School English, Journalism, Middle School Social Science, and The Works of Roald Dahl.

— More teachers contributing to the hub, including Matt, a K-5 special education teacher; Jamie, a middle school teacher from North Carolina; and Tracee, a high school English teacher from Illinois. You can read more about Matt’s experiences using Pinterest for classroom inspiration on the Gates Foundation blog.

— A new guide for teachers on Pinterest, with tips and tricks to help teachers of all types and from all areas to get started

Pinspiring Teachers

Here are some great examples of educational Pinners and boards to follow to keep the creative juices flowing all year long:

Sharon, who’s been a Spanish teacher for 30+ years, and has thousands of Pins that celebrate Spanish culture and learning language

Amy, a biology and chemistry teacher of 30 years, collects Pins to get kids excited about science. Her boards include a group board on Science for Secondary Grades, Common Core Science, and Biology and Chemistry Teaching Materials.

David, a social studies teacher in Iowa, creates interactive history plans to help middle school and high school students travel back in time. Check out his World War One and Cold War Simulation boards to take a trip back in time.

— High schools are joining in on the fun too, such as Delavan Darien High School (Delavan, WI), which uses Pinterest to showcase the art of students and members of the community, W. T. White High School (Dallas, TX), which showcases teacher’s favorite lessons across subjects, and Vista del Lago High School (Folsom, CA), which has created boards such as Why does my teen do that? to serve as a resource for parents.

— TED’s education initiative has a collection of videos on it’s TED-Ed page

Grammaropolis is a place where animated parts of speech come to life through books, songs, videos, and games.

Pinterest in the classroom year round

Throughout the year teachers are getting ideas for timely projects and holidays, such as:

President’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day activities

Black History Month projects for elementary school students and high school students, and related boards to find inspiration, such as this Black History board by Bellevue University Library

Spring ideas for the classroom and hands-on activities

Let us know how you’re using Pinterest in the classroom, and share feedback with the Pinterest team here, or in the comments below. We hope these updates and examples help teachers find and save the best ideas for the 2014 school year and beyond.

— Malorie Lucich, communications manager, currently pinning to Reading List

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Survive your summer with these outdoor tips!

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If you’re like me, then you know summer planning starts now. For my group of friends and I, trying to get permits to climb Half Dome in Yosemite has been the hot topic of discussion this week.

Regardless, there is always a weekend every summer where we end up getting out of our city lives to brave the outdoors. We’ve been doing this for years, but because none of us are professional lumberjacks, there is always that one friend who forgets to pack or bring something important that is crucial to the survival of the group.

So, if you’re a planner like me, Pinterest has become an exclusive hot spot for outdoor tricks and tips, and an answer to all those forgetful friendships.

OUTDOOR COMPASS: for the friend who suggests you all take a 12-mile hike in the absolute wilderness but forgets to pack the one tool that is supposed to tell you how to get back to the campsite:

OUTDOOR READING LAMPS: for the friend who forgets to pack the extra flashlights even though you told him 12 times:

listorama on Pinterest.

SOLAR DISTILLING: For the one friend who left all the water jugs in his garage:

GREENPOWERSCIENCE on Pinterest.

There is more where this came from. So if you’re planning an outdoor adventure this summer, and want to get some easy survival tips and tricks, jump on Pinterest and search for more DIY outdoor and travel hacks that’ll be sure to help you enjoy the fresh air and stars at night!

Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pinterest 101: Fixing image issues with the Pin it button

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Okay, so you’ve found an awesome image but you can’t Pin it to your board using the Pin it button. You’ve pounded on your keyboard, clicked refresh, but it’s still not updating and it’s driving you crazy.

Don’t worry. You may not have broken Pinterest after all.

Follow these easy steps and tips to make sure you’re Pinning the correct images.

SIZE – is your image too small? Pinterest requires images to be at least 100x200 pixels. We want people to see and experience your Pin!

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IFRAME – is your image embedded or inserted in a webpage? These iframes, which are basically html documents inside of one another (think code within a code), are mostly found on Tumblr and may be the issue you’re experiencing. Pinterest unfortunately doesn’t allow embedded iframe images.

BACKGROUND – Pinterest only allows images on the page, not backgrounds.

FLICKR – if you catch a Pinspiring image on Pinterst on Flickr, double check if the owner of the images has allowed sharing. Often times the owners will make images private and is a reason your image isn’t working on Pinterest.

There you go! Just double-check these four points and you should be smooth sailing with images on Pinterest. Remember, the Pin it button is an easy way to pin fresh content from all over the web. And if you need to re-install, visit our help center and add our Pin it buttons: our Chrome extension and Bookmarklet for all other browsers.

We hope this helps you easily save all the things you love!

Pari Mathur, Content Guru, Currently pinning to Life is Funny

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Confessions of a pinaholic: Discovering Pins

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Friends sometimes ask me, “How do you find so many things to pin?” At 9,000+ pins, I’m what you might call a proud pinaholic. I discovered Pinterest about a month before getting engaged, and well, the rest is history. I can actually say that this very pin was my magical a-ha Pinterest moment. A ‘Tip Jar’ of wedding advice we can read for years to come? Yes, please.

Fast-forward two years, and we’re now married and recently bought our first place in May - an original 1940s fixer-upper. With Pinterest as our guide to so many inspiring and useful ideas, remodeling has never been so much fun!

Now for a few of my super-pinning tips:

1) Follow pinners with your taste

It’s okay to be really picky with who you follow and what you pin. It’s worth doing a little digging to find pinners who share your specific tastes and interests. Then, take one more step and check out who they follow, too! Remember, following like-minded pinners will make your home feed better, because you’ll see more stuff you love from people like you.

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2) Keep on scrollin’

I’ll tell you a secret. Ok, it’s not a secret, but a lot of people still might not know about the People who pinned this also pinned feature. To me, it’s the best way to find more pins like the ones you’re already loving.

First, click on a close-up of a pin you like: here’s mine. Then, don’t forget to scroll down (keep scrolling!) until you see People who pinned this also pinned. There you’ll find pins like your close-up, plus new pin discoveries that might surprise you. I found this similar tufted headboard, but also this unexpected beautiful outdoors shot, and some desk accessories that would look great in our new place. This made for some fun finds along the way.

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3) Take note!

How we pinaholics ever lived without notifications, I’ll never know. I just love getting that ping on my phone or seeing the red box pop up on my web profile. It’s really a rush knowing people like the same things I do, and that with a little notification, comes yet another Pinterest path to click through and discover new pins.

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So for all you pinaholics out there, what are your super-pinning tips?

Shana Larson, Executive Assistant, Currently pinning to nosh + things

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Invite your pals on-the-go

Invite your pals to Pinterest on-the-go

If you’re like us, you’ve probably stumbled on that made-just-for-you pin while waiting in line for your morning bus or coffee. But how do you share your bus stop bliss when you find the perfect vintage car pin for your brother who isn’t on Pinterest yet? Or when you discover that board of toaster oven recipes that just screams your college roommate’s name?

Help them get in on all this good stuff by inviting them to Pinterest from wherever you are!

On your iPhone, go to your profile, tap the add friends icon and then tap Invite friends. We’ll pull up all your contacts so you can text or email an invite.

Invite your pals to Pinterest on-the-go

From your Android, first download the latest version of our app—just updated today! Then go to your profile, tap the gear icon, then tap Find Friends and start typing in your friend’s name. We’ll pull up any contacts with that name so you can send a text or email invitation.

Invite your pals to Pinterest on-the-go

Pinterest is even better when you pin in good company. So grab that coffee and invite away!

Kim O’Rourke, Content Strategist & Writer, Currently obsessed with pinning to for the love of coffee

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