Pinterest is a cross-breed of Tumblr and StumbleUpon with a touch of Twitter - making it the combination of all three social network sites.
Now, one of the unique features of Pinterest is that it allows subscribers to post photos, grab photos, attach videos and blogs coming from different sources in the web, also known as “pinning”, which is why it is the latest social network craze in the world today.
Internet users are getting addicted to this new social network sensation because it is not only fun, but it is also a good way to look for new visual contents in the web that other people may also find interesting. It is basically a digital scrapbook - which allows followers to make comments on the photos and videos attached to your profile, offering a more attractive and more alluring way of building your network.
Fortunately, starting your very own Pinterest account is simple. You can start with your very own photo grabbing, photo posting and repinning photos coming from other Pinterest members. Here are some other tips to increase that “pinning” addiction:
Use hashtags and specific keywords – think of certain keywords that you’ll be using when searching for a specific pin. When you come up with a set of keywords, use those when you’re doing tags in your Pins, or you can use those set of words when you are making short descriptions of your Pins.
Think of it as your regular Search engine, where you’ll be using specific keywords, to find certain subjects more easily – and this also applies in Pinterest.
You can also utilize hashtags, or keywords with the hash sign (#), in your descriptions and blogs to make it search friendly. You need to be aware though, that one should limit the use of hashtags. After all, you don’t want your descriptions to look like spam messages, right?
Look for pins from other sites – You can look for popular pins on Pinterest from other sites, just so you can have a heads up on what pins are trending at the present time. With this, you’ll be able to see everything that’s being pinned from that site. If you want, you can use “http://Pinterest.com/source/[Web site URL here]/ “ to check for popular pins.
This is a good method to know what the latest buzz is - so that you can familiarize with users’ interests, and you will be able to quickly pin photos related to those trends - while at the same time, posting blogs to generate more visits to your pins and also repinning trending photos as well.
Use Bookmarklet – bookmarklet is an application in Pinterest that allows users to pin photos that they have acquired from all over the web on their profile – a lot more quickly and directly. With this app, you will be able to use the network, without the hassle of going through the usual process going through numerous pages just to do some of pinning.
You can likewise check Pinterest’s bookmarklet at http://Pinterest.com/about/goodies/ and if you feel like trying it, all you have to do is to drag “pin it” to your profile’s browser toolbar.
After installing the bookmarklet, you will notice that your pinning will be faster. In fact, every time you are browsing the web and find something interesting to pin, all you have to do is to click the bookmark and it will instantly be pinned on your wall.
Tag friends – always remember that to get lots of pins - you will need to tell your friends about them. In this manner, they’ll be able to view your pins, repin them or they can pin something related to your pins.
In general though, Pinterest is much like Facebook and other social networks, wherein if you tag a friend – he will be notified immediately when he logs in to his/her account. And either way, this will create a prompter way for users to view and reply to posts.
Also, you can tag multiple friends on a single post or pin, meaning you’ll be able to get multiple attentions from your set of friends, multiple readership and more visitors to your posts and account.
These are just some of the things that you might want to take into account if you are looking to create more interest for your Pinterest profile. So, enjoy the network and keep on pinning!
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