Friday, August 9, 2013

Have you used these new Pinterest features yet?

One of the toughest aspects of being involved in social media is keeping up with all the changes and updates on various platforms. It is easy to get left behind if you're not careful.

Recommended pins
For example, recently I was browsing in Pinterest and noticed that "Picked for you" was now part of the menu. When I clicked on this option, I noticed that all the pins were based on my interests.
Here's how to find your recommended pins.
  • Click the lined, square icon on the far top left of your screen.
  • Clicked "Picked for you" on the drop down menu of pin categories. 
  • You will see pins recommended for you based on your previous pins.
Note: At the moment, pins "picked for you" seems to be activated on personal accounts, but not on business accounts.

Pinterest had added suggested pins

Price drop alerts
Another new Pinterest feature is a notice that flags users when the price on something they have pinned has been reduced.  This feature is perfect for a secret gift board. Note: it only works on "product pins", which were introduced back in May (see what we mean about keeping up?).

Product pins have a retailer icon and/or website URL (such as "etsy.com") at the bottom, along with item details such as price, location, and availability. These pins are only available if you have enabled Pinterest's "new look" feature (click "Get it now" at the top of your screen to switch over).

New to Pinterest?
Are you a Pinterest "newbie"?  You can click on our Pinterest-tagged posts for more information about this popular site. New uses for it--educational and otherwise seem to be discovered all the time. 

For example, Bree Kingston, an agriculture teacher with a graduate degree in Agricultural and Consumer Resources from Tarleton State University, uses Pinterest to "teach classes, such as floral design and agricultural mechanics--I get decorative ideas for my classroom and the students are able to discover 'what's in style' for their future classroom projects/ FFA events."

Victoria Greer, a current TSMRI intern, uses Pinterest for "craft ideas/DIY apartment decoration ideas since I'll be in my first apartment this year. I also use it to find quotes and pictures about my faith. And I use it for organization tips because I love keeping things organized."

How do you use Pinterest? Do you think these new features will be useful? Let us know in the comments.www.tarleton.edu/tsmri


  1. I'd love to know how to get the "picked for you" pins out of my feed. They are more than half the images, and bad picks, at that.

  2. It was bad enough that I lost interest in Pinterest for as long as they have that with no off switch. Gone! Bye! I haz scramoosed. Prolly won't miss me.


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