TECH GIRL’S GUIDE TO PINTEREST: A QUICK BREAK DOWN

By Corine Tan

Esteemed Writer & Blogger

I love Pinterest. I really do. It’s a lot of fun and something I use a lot for all my DIY, drawing, fandom, fashion, and just-needed-a-laugh projects. If you’ve ever wondered what Pinterest is and whether you should join, this post is for you!

Pinterest is a like cork board, only online. There is a HUGE stream of pictures to “pin” that coincide with what you look for. These pins are all pretty interesting; some of them are quotes, reference pictures, infographics, and the list goes on and on and on.

Who can use it?

Well, seeing that it’s fairly straight-forward, I would say anyone with a smart device, computer, internet/wifi, and opposable thumbs. Jokes aside, Pinterest is perfect for all those creative people out there with future projects in mind. Of course, this doesn’t just limit it to them. I have plenty of friends who use Pinterest for pure entertainment purposes or fangirling. There are a lot of funny and geeky pins to see.

How does it work?

  1. Make a board
  2. Search for pins
  3. Pin pictures on board
  4. Review boards for inspiration
  5. Continue looking for pins or start creating!

That may have seemed confusing. So let’s take an example.

I made a “Costume” board the other day to plan out my Halloween costume. I wanted to be the Winter Soldier from Captain America 2. So I entered that into the search bar and found a thread of pictures to sort through. The ones that I really liked, I pinned to my Costume board. And VOILA! I went back to my board and had a few images for inspiration.

And yes, my costume turned out pretty great. Thanks for asking. 🙂

What can I use it for?

Pinterest has a variety of uses. I find it more than suitable for:

  • DIY Projects
    • Fashion
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Everything else you can do yourself
  • Drawing Inspiration
  • Finding cool quotes
  • Inspiration for writing (characters, settings, and styles)
  • Figuring out what to wear in the morning
  • Getting ideas for your garden
  • Or room
  • Or man cave
  • Or office
  • Entertainment
  • Fangirling/Fanboying
  • Gift buying
  • Decorating
  • Party planning

You get the idea. I’m sure there are hundreds of other things you could do with it or use it for. I just can’t think of them at the moment.

Just another social media app?

I wouldn’t necessarily say “just another”. Is there a social aspect? Yes. You can pin with friends in collaborative boards and follow other pinners for more inspiration. Is it purely its social aspect? No. I pin alone. A lot. You can make private boards if you don’t really want your friends seeing your gift plans for them.

Can it be a distraction and a (fun) waste of time? Yup. But doesn’t that apply with anything? Just don’t let it waste your time.

Is it free?

Yup. You can make a free account fairly quickly at Pinterest.com. You just need internet, a computer, and or a smart device. There’s an app too.

Why not Tumblr?

I have yet to try Tumblr. I hear its addictive. Pinterest seems to be from more of a creative standpoint, but I may be wrong.

Black magic?

Not that I’m aware of.

Read more by Corine here.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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