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Published: 28th Sep 2015

At the current pace of internet development, it can feel like another social media platform comes along on an almost weekly basis. Just as everyone has got the hang of Facebook, suddenly the next big thing is Twitter, or Instagram, or something else entirely.

Of course, there is no need to stop using a platform that works for you, just because someone has launched the next big thing. However, some may be interested in learning more about Pinterest, where the social media aspect is secondary, and users are instead encouraged to create their own online mood boards.

If you want to get started, signing up for an account is straightforward. Once you’re set up, you can download the Pinterest browser add-on. When this is up and running, then you will find that hovering your mouse over an image as you use the internet will bring up a “pin it” button.

Pressing this will allow you to leave a link to the page, complete with image and description. You can create different boards for saving your links, such as recipes or gardening.

The advantage of this system is that it allows you to save something for later - whether that’s a new coat you want to buy on payday, or a DIY project you want to try out when you have the right equipment on hand.

Of course, this isn’t all that you can do on Pinterest. You can browse through other people’s pins, as the posts are known, to see if there’s anything that catches your eye, and then repin it yourself.

If you don’t like the idea of people doing this with the things you are posting, then you can set any or all of your boards to be secret. This means that no one will be able to see what you are posting. This can be very useful if you’re considering buying something as a present for someone else, or if you simply prefer to keep your online activity private.

Pinterest is a very visual way of using the internet, which is great for people who don’t do so well with written links and walls of text, as well as those who just like looking at beautiful images. The nature of the platform can make it easier to find something you were saving for later at a glance, meaning that it is a valuable addition to your internet experience.