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Pinterest 101: How to use the social media site

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Pinterest is full of ideas to inspire you to do things in your everyday life. Pinterest is full of ideas to inspire you to do things in your everyday life.

Whether you're on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, most of us are connected through at least one social media avenue.  One of the new kids on the social media block is Pinterest.  While it's gaining popularity, it's still a bit of a mystery for some.

If you go to Pinterest, at first, it might be a little overwhelming.  The social media site is packed with pictures, ideas, and inspiration on all sorts of topics.  But do you know what it is and how to use it?

"People use Pinterest to discover things they love and then do those things in real life," says Annie Ta, a communication manager for Pinterest.

The social media site is kind of like the old cork boards you might have hanging above your computer at home, except those pictures, clippings, and quotes are all virtual.

"The number one reason why we hope people join Pinterest is so that they can collect and organize things they love," says Ta.

Once you sign up, you can use Pinterest to "pin" things you like that you've found online.  A pin is simply an image that links to an outside website, blog, or online store.

Did you find a chili recipe online you want to try later?

Pin it.  That way you don't have to remember where you found it and you can come back to it at any time.  It will show up in your personal pin board.

You can also "like" something someone else has already pinned.

"When someone "likes" a pin, it's a lightweight action saying 'hey, I like this, but I'm not really sure if it's something I want to add to one of my own boards,'" says Ta.

For example, say you found a cool picture under the 'Cars and Motorcycles' category.  Like it, for a little inspiration for one of your own projects.  If you're wanting to re-do a room, you'll find tons of ideas to get you started.  Or looking for a little ink?  You might check out Pinterest first for some do's and don'ts before you make it permanent.

"If someone is looking for something to inspire them to do something in their everyday life, we hope they will join Pinterest to do that," says Ta.

And other Pinners can see your inspirations on your virtual cork board.

Some may assume the site is just for women, but it's not.

"Anyone is able to use it," says Ta.  "You can use it on the go, you can share it with your mom, you can share it with your son.  It's relatable for a lot of different people in a lot of different walks of life."

And there are so many different topics to brows through.  Each one is full of ideas just waiting to inspire you.

If you are on Pinterest, or you're going to join, be sure to follow KTIV.  Click here for the KTIV Pinterest page.

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