Pinterest is growing in popularity among adults as well. The Pew Research Center conducted a recent survey regarding social media use for those 18 and older. Facebook is by far the most popular, followed by Pinterest and Twitter.
A word of caution: do not just pin and move on. During a recent #genchat session one person commented “Love Pinterest but it will take me 3 lifetimes to implement all the ideas I have pinned.” My suggestion: Schedule a time each month – or week if you really get addicted! – to sort through and evaluate your pins.
Setting up your Pinterest page
- Sign up. Obviously you will need to register and name yourself if you have not yet done so.
- Set up your profile. I know it is tempting to hop in there and start collecting pins and sharing pins but take the time to create your identity. Add your name and a photo. Choose your username. There is a character limit. Use the About You section to introduce yourself. The location is of course optional, though chances are you probably listed it on Facebook! Be sure to add your website too!
a board. I currently have five boards: Genealogical Gems (which only
promote my blog of the same name); Literary World; Social Media Tips;
Places I’ve Been; and Maps (most of which have a genealogical purpose). To
create a board, you simply click on “Create a Board.” It will open a frame. Type a name for
your board, for example “Genealogy Resources.” Now type a brief description and select
a category. There is, sadly, no Genealogy category. In this example, I
chose “Education” since it will focus on resources. Now click “Create
Board.” Your new board will open and allow you to add pins there.
How to Pin from your
Pinning is also a great way to bring readers to your site. I use Blogger and after I post an article to my blog, Genealogical Gems, I click on the promotion tools, which includes Pinterest. So how do I go from my blog to Pinterest? It’s simple, really.
For this example, I am using a post on my blog from last October titled “Mystery Monday: Who fathered George David Still.” This is a mystery I have been working on, on and off, for nearly 30 years now. I have made progress but I still do not know who my 4th great grandfather is. Again, I use Blogger so the example is done from there.
- Go to the end of your article.
- Select the social media icon for Pinterest.
- A new window will appear. Pick your desired board and make any necessary changes to your description.
- Click “Pin” and you are done!
Pinning from someone else’s page
The whole concept of Pinterest is in fact to share. So essentially a good general rule of thumb is: do not post it anywhere if you do not want it everywhere! That said, let’s say you found a pin that you would like to add to your board. Genealogists.com has a great pin about Social Security numbers that would be a perfect “Genealogy Resource.” Backing up a moment, I found it simply by typing genealogy in the search field.
- Mouse over the pin you like and click “Pin.”
- Select the appropriate board (of yours) where you want it to go.
- Edit the description, if you choose. In the example shown here I m editing it to state where I found the Tip.
- Click “Pin It.” Simple!
Think vertical. When choosing an image, think how it looks vertically. Pinterest is widely viewed on mobile devices, such as your phone. A vertical image fits better.
Always use captions. It does not matter whether it is your pin or a re-pin. Always use captions. This is easy to forget when repining. Unlike Twitter you are not limited to 140 characters, so make use of the space. Think of your caption as a teaser. It may be the deciding factor as to whether someone glosses over your pin or selects it.
Think like a search engine. By this I mean simply, when writing your caption, ue keywords that someone might use when searching.
Hashtags are not just for Twitter anymore. Twitter defines a hashtag as: “The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.”
You can follow a person or a single board. I, by the way, am at: https://www.pinterest.com/jeanneeckman/.
Remember to make a widget for your blog!
Ever wonder who is pinning from your site? Pinterest has a simple tool for that. To find mine, I type https://www.pinterest.com/source/genealogybyjeanne.blogspot.com/ and hit enter. Naturally you will replace “genealogybyjeanne.blogspot.com” with your site’s address. My pins – that is, from my site – seem to be mostly myself and GeneaBloggers.
Share YOUR thoughts and suggestions
Have you started to Pin yet? If so, feel free to share your tips, thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below. Haven’t started yet? Still have questions? You can use the comment section below to ask your questions below as well.