I know it’s a basic question, but while I know how to upload and post images to Pinterest, I’d like to also be able to share or “repin” existing images that my friends have already posted to Pinterest. How do I do that?
You’re right, that’s really Pinterest 101, but given that you might well be relatively new to the world of Pinterest, it is worth going through the various steps needed and explaining what’s going on.
The basic concept is that like other social media sites (say, Facebook), Pinterest gives you three basic functions you can accomplish: add content, “like” content and “share” content. On Facebook these are status updates, the “like” link and the “share” link. On Google Plus they’re the status update, the “+1” and, yes, the “share this post” arrow button. Twitter has tweets, “favorite” and “retweet”, etc. It’s really just social networking at its most basic.
And so it’s no surprise that Pinterest has these features too. I mean, it is a social network too, right? 🙂
So let’s have a look at how it works for a repin…
Here’s a typical Pinterest pin:
The last pinboard I used prior to this repin is shown as the default — “Go Fatherhood!” — and the description Callan originally gave the image appears too, though as you’ll see, we can edit it as needed. Also note the small “Facebook” checkbox: Check it and if you have things configured properly your post will also show up on your Facebook account.
But let’s stay on topic here. Click on the “Board” pop-up and you’ll see a list of all your boards, all boards you have posting rights to, and even the easy ability to create a new board:
Still, this is food, so that’s my board “Stuff to Eat!”. I’ll choose that, then back up to tweak the comment slightly:
Now I’m done. A click on “Repin” at the bottom of the Window and it shows up as a new pin, under my name, on my board and with my comment included: