Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own collections and or ‘like’ photos.
Pinterest’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting” via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing. Pinterest is affiliated with both Twitter and Facebook, which allows users to share and interact with a broad community.
Founded by Ben Silbermann, of West Des Moines, Iowa, the site is currently managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and inventors. As one of the “fastest growing social services in the world”, the simple layout and interface enables anyone to easily use
The Pinterest Pin it Button plugin automatically places a Pin It button at the bottom of all of your posts – old and new. If you want to place the button in a widget or include it on your WordPress pages, all you have to do is add the shortcode [pinterest] wherever you want it to appear.
Another absolutely awesome tool to turn text into an image is Screen to Pin that lets you quickly share the screenshot of any page (While that one is Google Chrome only, there’s an online alternative).
If you’d rather have complete control over which image in your post can be pinned, the Pin It On Pinterest plugin will suit your needs, but if you want to add the Pin It button to already existing posts, you’ll have to manually add them one by one. After installing the plugin, create a new post, and you’ll find a new field has been added, where you can upload your image and add a description. If you have any copyright concerns over how your images are being used on Pinterest, this is the plugin for you.
Wisestamp, a free service which makes it easier than ever to jazz up your email signature has added Pinterest to its list of supported services. Its Pinterest Email App makes it easy to add a Follow Me on Pinterest button to your email signature, without having to fiddle with any HTML, buttons or anything else.
For those truly addicted to the site, Pinterest has an official iPhone app which makes it easy to take your account with you everywhere you go. You can pin photos you’ve taken, or saved, through the app. Android users, however, aren’t as lucky. You can still access all of the site’s features using the HTML5 mobile version of the site in your browser, but have no uploading capability.
A nifty little free Android app solves that problem. Pin to Pinterest adds the option to pin images you’ve taken or saved on your phone.
There are some basic Chrome extensions which help speed up the ‘pinning’ process.
- If you want to pin images using a keyboard shortcut, install Pin It!
- Want to add Pinterest to your context menu? Install Quick Pinterest. Firefox users can install Pinterest Right Click to get the same functionality.
- If you want an even quicker way to pin images, install Easypinner for Pinterest, and a small Pinterest button will appear on pinnable images.
- Want to enlarge the thumbnails in your Recent Activity tab without having to open the link? Install Pinterest Recent Activity Expander.
- With Pinzy you can enlarge images on Pinterest simply by hovering over them.
- Want to Google something without having to leave Pinterest? Pin Search gives you the capability to perform an image based search using the photos shared on Pinterest.
- Want to know how many images have been pinned from any given site? Install the Pinterest Pin It Button from Shareaholic. And you can use the button to pin buttons from Chrome to boot.
We probably all have our own personal method for taking screenshots on our computers. If you tend to share a lot of screenshots on Pinterest, the website Url2Pin.it gives users a pretty efficient way of getting it done. Url2Pin.it is a great way for Web designers to easily share their live work with their Pinterest followers.
With Pinclout, you have to sign up for a free account. Once you log in, Pinclout will tell you your score. It’s not entirely clear how the score is determined, but we do know that it’s based on the total number of pins, repins, likes, followers and friends, comments, boards and community boards you have. The service shows you at a glance what your most popular boards are, and shows how you stack up against the most popular Pinterest members in a history graph.
With the second option available, Pinpuff, which we took a look at here, you don’t have to sign up to use the service. Simply enter your Pinterest username and email address (not necessarily the one associated with your Pinterest account) and your score will be displayed. Along with some other interesting stats. Pinpuff tells you how much your account is worth, what your reach, activity and virility scores are.
If you want to get creative with your Pinterest boards, like we’ve seen some Pinterest users do, a great free service discovered by Mashable which will help you is PicSlice. The site makes it easy to split a square photo into 9 individual images, which you can then download from the site one by one, or in one go as a zip file. Just upload the image to PicSlice, select the ‘Slice’ tool, and put 3 for both the vertical and horizontal slices, and hit generate.
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