A feeling of anger can be easily observed these days among the Facebook fans due to the launch of its new timeline layout and forceful replacement of old profiles with it. We are curious to find out and predict the future of Facebook. Will the lovers of Facebook stick to it or they would seek a replacement for it now? What are the other options available?
One option is quite obvious; Google+. But when we dug more, we found another potential competent. This competent was launched as closed beta version on March, 2010. Yes, I am talking about the online pin board i.e. "Pinterest".
Overview of Pinterest:
It has found its place in the top 10 largest social networking service as the site has 11.7 million unique users. It has been awarded as the best new startup of 2011 by technology giant, TechCrunch. It is success rate is making a history. Some mobile applications, iPhone and iPad applications are also being developed.
In the world of pinterest; images are called ‘Pins’ and videos are called as ‘Pinboards’. Users can upload, save, organize and share their favorite pins so that they are easily seen by other people. You can easily use ‘Pin it’ button to add your favorite content to your board. You can use anyone’s content and “Re-pin” it.
You can register yourself by requesting an invitation from the website or if any of your friends invite you. Just like the newsfeed option of facebook , we have a pinfeed option here that shows chronological activity of the user. You can also tell your choice by using “TasteMaker” and that will lead you to pinboards of your interest.
Etiquettes of Pinterest:
Well, this was not planned to be included but when I received invitation from Pinterest , I was delighted to find these etiquettes. We find it another feature differentiating it from facebook .They do have a well defined set of “Terms of Services”; but still we received the following guidelines individually:
Pinterest Etiquette: Try to...
- Be Respectful. Pinterest is a community of people. We know that individual tastes are personal, but please be respectful in your comments and conversations.
- Be Authentic. Pinterest is an expression of who you are. Being authentic to who you are is more important than winning lots of followers or fans.
- Credit Your Sources. Pins are the most useful when they have links back to the original source. If you notice that a pin is not sourced correctly, leave a comment so the original pinner can update the source.
Link Facebook and Twitter Accounts:
Another interesting feature is to link accounts .i.e. you can link your face book and twitter accounts with pinterest. This allows you to find your friends on Facebook and twitter. You can also unlink your account at any time. So any time you like something and pin it; you would also wish to tweet it or share it. Pinterest is aware of your need that is why you are provided with the options.
Frame Your Pins:
Since it is the pinboard and this game revolves around how good you are at pinning? So, be a little careful in placing your pins. When you want to add a pin; you have the option to add a description for it which is just like a caption. You can then select its category .As we have mentioned above, these categories help you to find out content of your interests.
How To Promote Your Blog With it?
In coming posts Mohammad will guide you how to integrate a Pin it button in Blogger blogs. This installation of this new plugin would be interesting if done with a separate post. So stay updated. He will guide you how to use Pinterest to increase blog traffic and let your content circulate on this new social media giant. Today’s post was intended to introduce visually appealing social networking site. Now, the question is if it’s all a glamorous touch which will fade out soon or it will kick out the one in power for so long? Will this “Pin it” button be able to replace the famous “Like it”?
Well, we agree that if you are already using pinterest then there’s nothing new in this post. But , it was required to bring all respected readers at the same level so that everyone will be in pace with us .We will soon be writing posts on ‘Pinterest Tips and Tricks’ so that you can enjoy this colorful board and use it for promoting your brands, blogs or communities.
Guest post by Rahmeen Ahmad Khan. She is MBT"s Gold Star Contributor
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