Calling boys and men of all ages. Gather ‘round (the computer screen) and feast your eyes on the beauty that is this simple and quick Pinterest tutorial. I’ve spent hours researching the best way to put this together because I know you men think Pinterest is confusing, overwhelming and meant for women. I’m here to dispel the rumors, and enlighten you on the glory that is Pinterest.
So without further adieu, I present to you - A Guide to Pinterest For Dummies (Men).
First of all, it will help you to pretend Pinterest is a giant wall of tack boards. Each board is a different category and you can tack (‘pin’ is the proper terminology) whatever you want onto the board.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let me ask you a question: Would you want to see your girlfriend’s wall of boards? Your mother’s? That random cute girl's that you added on Facebook after you sat by her during your accounting test? Basically, I’m asking you if you want to look at pictures of kittens, maxi dresses, and make-up tutorials.
If you answered no, which I’m assuming the majority of men will, then rule number one of Pinterest is: DO NOT ALLOW PINTEREST TO FOLLOW ALL OF YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS. You will automatically be following hundreds of females who post things that will be completely irrelevant to you.
Now, the first step of Pinterest is creating boards that you will pin to. To do that, click on your name in the top right corner of the page. This will take you to your personal Pinterest profile. Then click on “Create a board." You can see an example below on Verge Pipe Media's Pinterest.
Each board should have a specific category that you're interested in. For example, if you really like sports, beer and music, you would create a board for each.
Finding People to Follow
This part is crucial. As mentioned before, if you follow the wrong people, Pinterest will only frustrate you. Don't get discouraged. There are several businesses and interesting people who have boards you can follow that aren't full of pictures of kitchens you can't afford. As you can see below, there is a search bar and a categories icon.
You can either use the aforementioned tools to browse Pinterest. Using the categories section will bring you a large selection of pins from whatever category you choose. If you want something more specific, you'll want to use the search bar. Lets say you have a board on your favorite TV shows and you want to add some articles and photos about Mad Men (by the way, did you hear we're having a season premiere party on April 13th? Shameless plug, I know. Click here to learn more) you would type 'Mad Men' into the search bar, seen in the picture below.
Once you've done that, you'll see that hundreds of Mad Men pins show up. Below the search bar, you can specify whether you want to look at pins, boards, or pinners. Maybe you want to see Mad Men boards instead of just pins:
Click on the 'Boards' tab below the search bar, and there you go. What's even cooler is that you don't have to follow someone's entire Pinterest profile, you can follow specific boards. Let's say you don't want to see all of the pug pictures your mom posts, but you really like her recipes. You can choose to follow JUST her recipe board - best of both worlds.
Once you've followed a substantial amount of people and boards, your Pinterest feed will constantly update with pins from people and boards you follow - similar to a Twitter feed. When you see something on your feed that you like, hold your mouse over it and click on the icon that says 'Pin It'.
The box that you see above will pop up on your screen. Choose the board you want to post your picture or article on, click Pin it, and it will show up on your board and on the feeds of people who follow you.
From Mashable to Baskin Robbins to your grandmother, there are a lot of people using Pinterest these days. If you follow the right people and search the right content, it is a great resource. Now, get to pinning.