Have you ever logged into Pinterest and felt overwhelmed? Maybe you were looking for something specific but got distracted because you had to scroll through so much you forgot what you were looking for?
Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest! But because of it’s popularity, it has a lot of users.
Enter Pinterest Communities. Just this week Pinterest rolled out this new feature. I read about it on a Facebook group page and even though there are a lot of unknowns, anticipation is high. Community does sound a little similar to the group boards but some people seem to think that the group boards have gotten too spammy and overdone. This could be the replacement and the way to rectify that issue.
Whatever the outcome, you can already see the advantages to having people interested in a topic in a single community. People could share thoughts, ideas and well, of course pins.
How Can You Join?
Do you remember when you first joined Pinterest? Remember how everyone couldn’t just join when they wanted to? It was so new when I joined that I actually had to go on a waiting list.
In a similar slowed down fashion, the community tab doesn’t just show up automatically on your page. You have to be invited to join a community. Once you’ve joined that community, in time you will be able to create your own community. I had to wait about thirty minutes after I joined a community before I had the ability to create my own.
As you can see from the screenshot below, here’s what the Community tab looks like between the Home and Following tabs at the top.
Once you click on the Community tab this is what you see.
You can see the five communities I’ve created. As of right now, that’s the maximum that Pinterest allows you to create.
Here are my links for anyone wanting to join my Community.
Along with the ability to create your own, you can search for other communities and Pinterest also will make suggestions of Communities you might like.
It’s only to be expected that there would be glitches. The only one I’ve run across so far is some of the names I wanted for my communities were already taken. Yet, when I searched join them, because it was an interest of mine, it said they couldn’t be found. No doubt Pinterest will have this fixed as soon as possible.
Sharing Your Community
Once you have created your communities , you can then share them with others. Up in the upper portion of the banner photo, there is an icon to add people. Obviously you can also share your link with others on whatever social media you use.
Why Start a Community?
- It gives you the opportunity to connect with other people who share the same interest as you.
- It’s ideal for sharing your pins. Instead of just throwing the pins to a lot of people, just hoping someone will see it, you now have a narrower window to aim at.
- Opportunity to get in on it from the ground up and be a part of something brand new.
It’s all very exciting, so get to creating and if you like this article please share it and pin it.