I have been using Pinterest ever since I received my invitation back in 2012 when the social site was by invite only. I quickly fell in love with the concept of creating boards and collecting my favorite images from around the web. One of the greatest parts of being a Millenial is the fact that I have been savvy with the Internet and social networking since the early days of MySpace and Facebook, but I also had a chance to “enjoy” the much-much earlier days of the Internet when dial-up services like MSN and Prodigy were first introduced to the world.
I have the opportunity to watch a social media network develop, grow, and sometimes crash into the deep depths of the Internet black hole – too far down into the search engines for anyone to remember that they ever existed.
Possibilities with Pinterest Messages & Conversations:
just announced their brand new feature: conversations and messaging! I have enjoyed watching all of the other social networks grow and develop (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and even shook my head, “I saw that one coming from a mile away!”, when others failed (MySpace).
Pinterest has been one of my favorite networks to watch and I love their clean and crisp demeanor about rolling out new features (if that makes sense…). They have never gone overboard or pounded out a dozen updates that could easily leave a members head spinning, overwhelmed by all of the new functionality tools that they need to learn. It’s simple, far from complicated, and a lot of fun to collect those pins!
Your conversation box will appear on the left bottom portion of your browser window.
Did you know that people are sending more than 2 million pins per day?
Pinterest has created an easy way for members to converse back and fourth about their pins and boards. When someone sends you a Pin on Pinterest, you can reply with a message, or even opt to send a Pin on Pinterest right on back to them! The idea behind implementing a messaging service on the site is to help members with project planning, allow those creative ideas to flow, and to provide a platform where we can share our best discoveries.
Pinterest makes it possible to converse with multiple Pinners:
Sending bulk messages on Pinterest is a great idea for someone that is organizing a team project or even a surprise birthday party for a family member! If you can’t remember who was in charge of table decor and which family member said that they would research great 40th birthday party recipes for your husbands birthday party, simply pulling up your Pinterest conversation with your team of party organizers will be a great way to remember (and proof that they did commit to getting those decorations!)
Carry on your conversation through text — and toss
in a discovered Pin right along with your words!
Interior designers, graphic designers, and even when you’re hired to create stationary or invitations for a client, Pinterest is a great way to communicate back and fourth by sharing pins with logo ideas or graphics that you’d like to use on an upcoming project. With Pinterest being all about the visuals, creating a way to share your recent discoveries and to talk about them is going to broaden the horizons for all future design work, parties, events – the possibilities are endless.
Using Pinterest Messages: Starting a Conversation
Conversing with your fellow Pinners is very easy to do and there’s really no secret to getting started. Simply select the “Send Profile” button located in the center of a profile (use your Pinterest profile, or any member profile for that matter! It is a new icon that is visible on any and all Pinterest profiles).
A popup box will appear directly below the Send Profile icon. There will essentially be three different areas separated by thin gray lines – top area is where you will compose your message; middle area, whichwill have the word ‘search’ in gray text, is where you can find a fellow Pinner that you want to send a message to and can begin by slowly typing the first few letters of their username until the correct icon and profile appears. The third bottom area will display your results for your username search, so this isn’t quite an editable area per say.
Once you’ve composed your entire message, press the ‘Enter’ key on your keyboard to send your discovery or message to your fellow Pinner. The conversation will then be moved to the bottom left corner of your browser window. Keep the conversation open, or minimize to save space on the screen.
*Bottom left corner of your browser screen, you’ll be able to minimize, reopen, or continue your Pinterest conversations.
When minimized, you’ll see your fellow Pinners icon (only), but the conversation itself will be closed. You can click the icon in the future to reopen the conversation.
Checking your Pinterest messages is simple to do and you can also avoid using the “Send Profile” icon when you choose the messages tab in the very top right corner of the browser. The icon features two thumbtacks and will be lit up RED when you have a new message inside of your inbox.
Once you have clicked on the thumbtack icon, Pinterest messages and notifications appear. Use this area to reopen or read new or old conversations with your fellow Pinners.
Share discoveries with the people who’d appreciate them most
Plan a project with friends
Reach out to people who share your interests
Send a message to a friend with a few of your recent discoveries, or send a board with Pin ideas to a coworker or consultant who manages your Pinterest account. Show off a few of your bedroom redecorating ideas to your girlfriends, or see what their opinions are for your upcoming wedding theme.
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Have you had a chance to try out the new Pinterest conversations and messages feature? What do you talk about with friends and fellow Pinners through messages? Have any other ideas for how the new feature can be used?