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Posts Tagged ‘Pinterest’

SoundCloud Comes to Pinterest

SoundCloud, a site that lets you easily record and share audio clips, is taking its game to the next level.

On Wednesday, the site announced on its blog and Tumblr that users can now “pin”, or embed, sound clips in Pinterest. This comes on the heels of the news that SoundCloud clips will be integrated into expanded tweets. That specific feature is still rolling out, however, and is not available to all users yet.

A screenshot of what a pinned SoundCloud clip looks like in Pinterest.

What is available immediately is the ability to pin SoundCloud audio tracks to Pinterest boards. Read more

Pinterest Tips for Writers and News Orgs

pinterestpagearticle1.jpgWhile Pinterest has clearly struck a chord with the masses, what exactly are you supposed to do once you get there? Is just a bunch of photos enough, or are there some real strategies for Pinterest success?

In its latest AvantGuild feature, Mediabistro spoke with some early adopters to find out the hallmarks of the best Pinterest pages. While we’ve already discussed here on 10,000 Words how great the Pinterest pages of Newsweek Daily Beast and Wall Street Journal are, some of the other strategies journos are using may surprise you. For example:

Tip No. 3:  Use #hashtags and keywords

Much like on Twitter, tagging your pins with trending hashtags or keywords will help you to find new followers. Searching for other pins and boards using hashtags will also help you find similar brands on Pinterest, so you can follow them, repin their content or just check in on the competition.

Take Brazen Careerist’s Gen Y Guide. Click on #college, and voila! You’re now in a stream of similar content for students and recent grads. So, if your beat is food, go one step further on your boards by labeling photos with #cooking or #recipes as necessary. Just don’t overdo it. The simpler your pins, the more likely your users are to share them.

Get more strategies and examples in 6 Keys to a Great Pinterest Page.

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BOLT: A New Social Page Sharer Debuts Today

BOLT, a new platform for collecting and sharing web pages, is exiting beta today. Somewhere between Pinterest, Evernote and Delicious, it is part of a growing number of social sharing sites that help users organize the abundance of online information. Users can “bolt” an entire webpage (sort of like “pinning”), select a thumbnail, and write a description underneath. Webpages that are “bolted” are saved on BOLT’s servers forever in the form of a “super screen capture”—even if the page gets taken down by the publisher, you’ll still have access to it in the form of a bolt with functioning links. Bolts can be organized into categories, which unlike Pinterest, can be public or private.

Besides a tool for organization, BOLT is a way to discover content. Scroll through your feed, follow other users, or explore categories like “digital design,” “technology,” “style,” and “food & drink.” As 10,000 Words has covered before, there are several ways journalists can use Pinterest, which also apply to BOLT. But because of the ability to make collections private, BOLT can be used to collect story ideas or organize research. Journalists can also use it to follow how a particular story is unfolding in the news, or compare how different outlets cover a certain story or issue. Read more

PinView: If Facebook and Pinterest Had A Baby, It Would Look Like This

Have you ever wished Facebook looked a bit more like Pinterest? Now it can thanks to a new Facebook app called PinView.

To use PinView, you simply have to log into Facebook and  authorize the app, which just launched today and is still in beta. Once it’s turned on, so to speak, PinView turns your wall, newsfeed, photos and videos all into something that resembles a Pinterest board. Everything is divided into rectangles and definitely makes Facebook an even more visual platform than it already is.

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BO.LT and Pinterest: Beyond Sharing, Organizing

In the age of information inundation, being able to organize content in a meaningful way is one thing that can save us from getting lost in the deluge—that feeling of indiscriminate interestingness the Internet affords. Or perhaps it’s just indiscriminate curiosity. Whatever it is, users are increasingly interested in not only sharing content, but organizing it. Perhaps that’s why Pinterest has been so successful—a social media site that allows people not only to share the images they find interesting—but to organize the vast depository of visual information. That means different things for different people. While in the U.S., Pinterest users are overwhelmingly female, with interests like crafts, fashion, and interior design; users in the U.K. are mostly younger males interested in public relations, SEO, and venture capital. That’s good news for Pinterest, suggesting room for expansion into other demographics. Read more