How do I use Pinterest?
There is a pretty good help page. Pinterest is still in beta mode, but you can request an invite from Pinterest.com. It sounds like most people are getting them within a few days. If you can't wait, you can email me for an invite, and I'll try to send one on. Not sure how many Pinterest will let me send though. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them, but I am a librarian, not a Pinterest staffer. It is also important to remember that Pinterest is still a start-up and is somewhat prone to crashing. A victim of its own popularity, if you will.
One thing I would like to point out is that it is extremely important if you are adding a pin (by which I mean being the first person to pin something) to make sure that the source is correct. For example, if you are pinning a Flannel Friday post, you want to make sure that it will take you back to the right post in the future and not just the main blog page.
How can I use Pinterest "on the clock" for library purposes?
There are so many great ways to use Pinterest at work. You can find ideas for programs you are planning, decorating ideas, craft ideas, and printables to give to parents/teachers/etc.. To give you an idea, here are some of my work-related pinboards:
Library Bulletin Boards and Displays
Kids Sewing Projects (for our Sewing School program)
Lego Programming Ideas
Library Carnival Ideas
Western Theme Storytime
Outer Space and Robots Storytime
Star Wars Program
Art Attack Program
Instant Awesome Storytime Ideas
Printables for Parents (I like to give out ideas for road trip games, indoor activities, etc. as seasonally appropriate)
Library Puppet Show Ideas
There are also a collaborative board for teen programs, and of course Flannel Friday's page. If I am missing some good boards, leave a comment and let me know, please.
How can I encourage people to pin content from my blog?
I've been experimenting with this a little bit, and I have a few suggestions. First is that Pinterest will not accept a pin if there is no image on that page, so always include an image. It can be an image from Openclipart.org or a banner you made just for that post (like my Pinterest for Librarians banner at the top of this page) in MS Paint. It does not have to be anything fancy.
Another way is to give people a freebie. Whether it is a printable list of 100 books to read in kindergarten, signs to use for library displays, or something else entirely, I see lots of freebies pinned in my feed. This category could also include innovative ideas for marketing a collection, storytime crafts, or really any topic applicable to librarians.
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Yes, or for any other site as well. But be careful because it can be addicting to see! And, as always, not everyone will like your content.
There are two ways to do this.
1. Put the URL in after this address: http://pinterest.com/source/. So to see what has been pinned from So Tomorrow, you'd visit this URL: http://pinterest.com/source/sotomorrowblog.com/ (Make sure you drop the HTTP and WWW portions or you will get an error message.)
Other examples from some of my favorite sites (not all work-related):
Items that were pinned from my blog before I purchased my own URL are pinned here: http://pinterest.com/source/sotomorrow.blogspot.com/.
|How to find other pins from the same site|