Tools for Transparency: Pinterest Tips & Ideas
Piggy backing off the recent post I had written two weeks ago about Pinterest, I wanted to add a few tips and ideas I’ve run across that will help you to better use the service.
I think it’s important to stress that Pinterest focuses on compelling visual content, which sets it apart from similar sites and has nurtured such an ardent following. As I’ve mentioned previously, the more people that use Pinterest, the more the culture of it will change. I still think there’s plenty of room for experimentation and storytelling but keeping the visual aspect in mind is key.
- Check out their Goodies section for a link to the iPhone app, their sharing bookmarklet and page widgets. To see their site widget in action, look at the footer of a Tumblr post.
- Are you influential on Pinterest? PinReach will break down your stats and rank your clout.
- You can search for sites by source on Pinterest, here’s an example of pinned images and videos from the Sunlight Foundation.
- You can create an rss feed for any person by adding feed.rss at the end of the url, like this – pinterest.com/sunfoundation/feed.rss or board by adding rss, like this – pinterest.com/sunfoundation/2012-political-campaign-ads/rss
- Unfortunately Pinterest doesn’t provide rss support for source content, making it difficult to monitor pinned content from your site. But, luckily for us, Mashable has figured out a workaround for turning source pages into rss feeds.
- To stay on top of your content being pinned, add the rss feed you just created for source pins (in the link above) to IFTTT. You can have IMs or emails sent to you every time you’re content has been pinned, add a note of each pin to Evernote, have them tweeted, send it to Google Reader or bookmark it for later.
- Take a look at The Next Web’s post on 20 Awesome Pinterest Tools.
I’m interested in hearing about your uses and examples from Pinterest. Do you have anything to share?