Pinterest is easy and fun to use and anyone can become an expert in just a few hours of use. The interface has been designed to be intuitive and it quickly becomes second nature, almost like simply breathing.
Like almost all websites pinterest has a homepage. Here you will find some of the most recent and most popular posts. This allows you to view things that a lot of people like, which normally include things that are a common interest, such as cooking recipes, new fashions, or some new product that a lot of people want to buy. There will also be a search bar at the top. There you can search for recent or popular posts on a specific topic or interest that you have. This gives you the advantage of being able to search for something you already have an interest in or something you are trying to find out about, unlike the homepage that has no real subject matter.
There are also menus that you can use to add to pin boards. This is accompanied by the social media part of the site. You can click on people’s names to view their profiles and where they’ve posted. You can also like their material, comment on their stuff, or message with them to talk about your common interests. Of course before you can do any of those things you have to get an account. Accounts on pinterest have to be obtained through invitation, but invitations are extremely easy to get because there is a button on the homepage for people without an account that says “Get an Invitation”. Clicking on this button will send you an e-mail with instructions on how to get an account.
Once you have an account there are several options available to you on every post. You can comment, which is of course where you post your thoughts on a post and share your opinion. You can like, which simply tells the world that you enjoyed this post but doesn’t give any more specific info about your opinion. Finally you can re-pin. Re-pinning is where you see a post you like, and put that post on your own board with a link to the original post. From here you can also add a price to a post. If a post is a product you can let everyone know exactly how much the product shown costs without forcing them to go to the suppliers’ websites by adding the price.
Another feature that is more on the social networking side of this site is the ability to favorite posts and follows people. This allows you to never lose track of people you want to either stay in touch with or see more of their posts, and to never lose a post that you want to keep for viewing again later or for purchasing something you find worthwhile.
One important thing to remember about pinterest is that it is designed with a form of endless scrolling, which means you can get lost for hours and never run out of things to find on the page.