How To Use Pinterest, The Hottest Site On The Planet

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Pinterest claims to be the fastest growing website ever, and you should be paying attention to it.

But what is Pinterest, anyway?

It’s a website where people post cool pictures inside specialised pages called Pinboards—topics like art, cars, tasty food, and any other categories you can come up with.

Want to get in on the fun?

Here’s how to get started on Pinterest.

First you'll need a Pinterest invite. Either go to and request one (which could take a while) or find a friend who has one.

When your friend asks about how to invite you to Pinterest, show them this picture.

Signing in using Facebook or Twitter is convenient because then Pinterest shows friends who are already using it. It helps you get started fast.

Now, pick some topics you like so Pinterest can get you started following some cool people.

Now, it's time to create some boards: categories of stuff you want to post pictures about.

Without the Pin It button, Pinterest is nothing. Drag the Pin It button to your bookmarks bar. If you don't have a bookmarks bar, follow the instructions below.

Here's your Pinterest home page, where you'll find posts from everyone you follow, plus a notifications feed on the left.

Now that you've set up your Pinterest account, the first thing to do is re-pin somebody else's cool picture. A re-pin is just like a retweet or reblog (in Tumblr).

Pick which of your boards you want to pin this image to, enter a description, and click Pin It.

Choose which board you want to pin this image to, write a description, then click Pin It.

Here's how your Pinterest page looks once you've pinned a bunch of stuff. It's composed of your boards, pins, and pins you've liked.

If you want to upload a picture from your computer, click the Add button in the top right corner of Pinterest, then click Upload once this pop up appears.

Finding friends on Pinterest is easy since it plugs in to Facebook and Twitter. You can follow all of a person's boards, or just pick one board to follow.

Now, Whitney's boards show up on our Pinterest home page.

There's also a Videos category inside Pinterest that's worth checking out.

To edit your profile, navigate to the Settings menu here.

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