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Pinterest-ed? So is my 94-year-old aunt…here’s a simple how-to

A virtual oasis, filled with images of everything you adore. What’s not to love about Pinterest? You can look up tutorials, post a gigantic wish list and link it to Facebook guilt-free, map your travels and share all the wonderful places you’ve been, get inspired with DIY and craft ideas, plan weddings and events, and much, much more.

What’s the best part of it all though? It’s simple. My 94-year-old great Aunt Lil (who is almost blind) can appreciate the fact that I can pull up a gallery of my dog, Kahlua, or her favorite flowers (bright, vibrant coloured ones) and she can literally see them. It brings a smile to her face and it warms my heart. She can’t get out like she used to, but I can create a gallery of memories for her and she click through with delight. She can barely write by hand anymore, but she can click a mouse pad. And that’s what social media should be about right? Connecting people to their favorite people, places and things.

An easy-to-follow tutorial courtesy of Tristan Higbee

Here are 4 tips I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Be simple, stay original. Pictures speak 1000 words so that you don’t have to. Let folks know why you love it, then keep it moving.
  2. At’s @ and daps #. Found something you think a fellow pinner would love? Like Twitter, if you ‘@’ their name it directs them to the fun. For a quick search, use #hashtags.
  3. Get creative. Original content is king. And whether or not your photos are originals, write descriptions in your posts that people want to keep when they repin. Also, spice up your board titles and make it fun.
  4. Consider using boards for organizational purposes. A virtual cookbook, or gift registry so that you can get exactly what you want, from where you want, and folks can buy it for you with the click of a button.

Have any questions, tips and/or tricks?

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