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Pinterest For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Kelby Carr
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Book Description

Organize your life, your likes, and more with Pinterest and this fun how-to guide

Now you can organize your digital life with Pinterest, a hot new site that lets you create visual bookmarks of your favorite things and "pin" them on virtual pinboards. Want to save something from a blog? Have a favorite retail website? Want to pin a quick photo you took with your phone? Organize them all with Pinterest and this fast, friendly guide that shows you just how to do it. You'll see how to set up an account and your boards, how to pin and re-pin, where to use hashtags, find ways to share pins with your other social networks, and more.

  • Helps you get the most out of Pinterest, a visual collection of bookmarks that you can organize into virtual pinboards
  • Shows you how to set up an account and boards, how to pin and re-pin, use hashtags and like pins, and even share pins with your other social networks
  • Also discusses Power Pinners, using search, and finding people to follow
  • Offers tips, trick, and techniques to make the process easy and enjoyable

Pinterest is fun and easy, and even more so with Pinterest for Dummies!

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Five Useful Pinterest Apps and Tools, from Pinterest for Dummies

  1. PinReach - PinReach measures a user's influence across Pinterest and provides analytics for a user's Pinterest account. Once you sign up and connect your PinReach account to your Pinterest account, you will be able to view your PinReach score and how it has changed over time. You can also view stats for individual boards and pins, discover who your most influential followers are, and view the day's trending pins and members.
  2. Pin A Quote - Pin A Quote is a bookmarklet tool that lets you pin a selection of text from a Web site instead of an image. There isn't any sign up or account creation involved. Just install the bookmarklet in your browser's toolbar and you can begin pinning to your Pinterest account or sharing your selection on other social networks.
  3. SpinPicks - SpinPicks is an application that finds pin-worthy images from sources such as Flickr Creative Commons database, Instagram, Twitpic, and Reddit/R. After completing the short sign-up process, you will gain access to the beta application. Connect it to your Pinterest account, choose an image source, and click the wheel to spin. You can spin through as many images as you like until you find one that you want to pin.
  4. Snapito! - Snapito! captures screenshots of Web pages for Pinterest users to pin instead of a single image from a page. You can insert the URL you want to snap or you can install a bookmarklet and click that whenever you are visiting a page that you want to snap and pin. Snapito! also offers an option to timestamp a screenshot that will be stored on the Snapito! servers.
  5. Pinspiration - Pinspiration is a third-party app created exclusively for Windows Phone Pinterest users. The official Pinterest mobile app is currently only available for iOS devices, and Pinspiration gives Windows Phone users the ability to pin on the go from their mobile phones.

From the Back Cover

All the steps you need to know to jump into Pinterest and thrive

Don't miss the boat on one of the fastest-growing social networking sites. Get on board and learn all about Pinterest, a virtual pinboard that lets you share images and ideas. The platform is simple to use and navigate once you get the hang of it, and this book walks you through all of the steps to join, use, socialize, and flourish!

  • Get a little social — join Pinterest, connect it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, set up your profile, and start following other members

  • Bells, whistles, and more — use all the features such as liking, commenting, hashtags, and tagging to get the most out of your experience

  • Put your plans into place — from weddings and parties to home decorations and vacations, find out how to get, organize, and share ideas

  • Learn the right etiquette — follow simple guidelines so you can be an active and responsible participant in Pinterest

  • Start promoting — take advantage of the popularity of Pinterest to drive members to your own site, products, or blog

  • Meet the right people — uncover incredible content by following power pinners

Open the book and find:

  • All about getting started with your virtual pinboard

  • Steps for finding friends, following boards, and sharing pins

  • Ways to always stay connected by going mobile with Pinterest

  • Secrets for controlling privacy and using the right settings

  • How to create a quality pin with proper credit

  • Techniques the top brands are using to build large followings

  • Inspiration from brands and power pinners

Learn to:

  • Request an invitation and set up your account

  • Find people to follow and connect with other social networks

  • Use community features such as commenting, liking, and hashtags

  • Utilize Pinterest for event planning, recipe organization, and more

Product Details

  • File Size: 4324 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118328000
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T02N4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info and tips! May 3, 2012
I received an invite to Pinterest from a friend soon after it launched and at first there just wasn't much there, but I kept coming back and have found it to be an invaluable resource for many things in my life. Not only do I find a lot of things there that I can share on my blog, I also have made lots of foods and crafts for my family with ideas that I saw on Pinterest. If you are thinking of joining Pinterest or want to learn more about the benefits of this social network, Pinterest For Dummies is a great place to start! It's written by Kelby Carr and delves into both the basics of how to join and set up boards and progresses to finding friends and followers and emailing pins, and much more. There were also ideas that I hadn't thought of, like creating a group board for an event and installing the iphone app for easy Pinterest browsing.

If you use Pinterest as a way to get the word out about your business products and services, the author suggests not having more than 10% of your pins devoted to that purpose, or people may be uncomfortable with it. At the back of the book, there are profiles on ten companies who use Pinterest effectively for instance, Scholastic, Michael's Craft Stores and Whole Foods. Some hallmarks of their good examples are following back, having pins from all over and pinning high quality pins. They also list many other businesses and pinners that have excellent boards and would be good to follow. I look forward to Pinterest overcoming its growing pains and adding extras like private boards and the ability to communicate easier with other pinners. But until then, Pinterest For Dummies is an excellent way to learn more about all the details of this massively popular and exciting social network.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Does It Better October 3, 2012
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I have other guides on Pinterest, but this one truly nails it best. The others may, or may not in some cases, add to it, but Carr's guide for the Dummies series is head and shoulders above the rest. No fluff or self-promoting in sight. Highly recommend this one, no matter where you are in the Pinterest cycle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get On Board the Latest Social Network May 3, 2012
Sure, you post on facebook, as well as sending tweets on twitter, but if Pinterest , one of the web's fastest-growing social networking sites, still has you amazed and confused, then Pinterest for Dummies is the perfect guidebook for helping you to become a power "pinner." Pinterest is a great place for learning, promoting, teaching and sharing in categories ranging from travel planning and cooking to interior design and crafting. Lots of well known brand names are already using Pinterest, so why not You?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinterholics Anonymous May 31, 2012
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Great little informational book. Learned several tips & hints to make my Pinterest Surfing more if I was ALREADY HOOKED ! LOL
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter for Pinterest December 23, 2012
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My wife is trying to get started with Pinterest, and this was a good overview and will be a nice reference
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2.0 out of 5 stars DIDN'T LEARN ANYTHING I DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW May 25, 2013
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Was hoping to learn more than just the everyday stuff you learn using it, but that wasn't the case. I wouldn't waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pinterest April 11, 2013
By Sandie
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This book gives me the opportunity to keep up with the younger generation and an opportunity to try new and more modern things with out racking my older brain . I don't have to try to remember a lot of craft, baking, genealogy, and other things. They are all available with the flick of a page.
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For those that don't even know what the Pinterest is, it is a website where people can share information in a format that is more visually appealing and more content rich than some of the other social media sites. Essentially, I see "Pinterest" as the old cork-board that you had hanging on the wall in your home- you know, the one with the postcards, family photos, recipes and cute sayings that you collected over the years. Of course, with modern technology, you can have a cork-board as big as you like, and you have the added benefit of being able to share those treasured items with friends, or even the entire cyber-world, IF you want to (there are private and public options).

In keeping with the standard format of "Dummies" series, "Pinterest for Dummies" provides the absolute beginner (a category that I found myself in because I couldn't even spell Pinterest correctly when I first heard of it) with the basics of getting started on this social media platform. Although Pinterest might not be as challenging to set-up and navigate as some of the other social media platforms, having the "Pinterest for Dummies" book handy at the very beginning can save some frustration and certainly a lot of time.

The book is organized in a very user-friendly manner and it contains a great deal of images to show the reader what the screen will look like while they are performing various tasks. In addition to set-up help, the author, Kelby Carr, does a fine job at providing the "Tips", "Warnings" and "Technical Stuff" that the "Dummy" books have a reputation for. I, for one, really appreciate the "Warning" notes because some actions can't be reversed and they can cause a lot more work for you down the road. For instance, if you delete a board it is gone forever and all the information lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guide To Pinterest
This is the definitive guide for anyone who wants to know all about Pinterest.
Published 1 month ago by Anjoyla
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know much about Pinterest
Since I knew absolutely nothing about Pinterest this book was a necessity. I would recommend it to my friends without hesitation.
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I just love the for Dummies books. I own several of them that are about social media. I would recommend if you are interested in learning about social media, then the for Dummies... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good insight on how to use Pinterest.
Published 8 months ago by Linda d Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your
Old information. No help since Pinterest currently did not match the book. Don't waste your money
Published 8 months ago by ag
3.0 out of 5 stars Pinterest for Dummies
Just read 1/2 of this book. So far, I haven't learned 1 thing I didn't already know... Lynne from Sellersville
Published 8 months ago by lynne from sellersville
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, But Out of Date
This was a good book, but unfortunately a lot has changed on Pinterest and so many of the tips don't work anymore. Still a good book for introducing novices to the whole concept.
Published 12 months ago by Joan
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, frustration, and a few helpful facts.
This was another one of the books in the series. It didn't answer all my questions, but neither did the website's programmed helper. Read more
Published 12 months ago by breakfast T Rex
1.0 out of 5 stars Was not helpful
I bought the kindle version because I was setting up my pinterest account and didn't want to wait for a book to arrive. I didn't find it to be very helpful. It's too vague. Read more
Published 18 months ago by VR
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Pinterest?
You will definitely want to check out this book by Kelby Carr. She knows her stuff as she guides you through how to make a Pinterest page, attract followers and more.
Published 21 months ago by Luvs2Read
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