The pinterest barcode explained

How The Pinterest Barcode Works

I love Pinterest. You? It's very important for me to plan a time slot for Pinterest and stick to it, because I'll be clicking away for a few hours if I don't stop myself. It is a mega big source of inspiration for all kinds of things. It always makes my creative heart beat faster. But did you know that you can also create a barcode for Pinterest? Read more >>>

What is Pinterest

Pinterest is a visual search engine. As a sort of large image catalogue where you can browse for hours and get inspired. Just like you might have had a mood board in your room once, on which you pinned all kinds of pictures with a pin or something like that, Pinterest is like that.

Who's the mastermind behind Pinterest

Pinterest was invented by Ben Silberman. He wanted an online space to collect images but could not find what he needed. This is how Pinterest was created in a very brief version.

Does Pinterest cost money

You can create an account for free and pin to your desire without having to draw your wallet. How cool is that? All you need is an account. You can't pin without an account.

What is a Pinterest board

If you want to upload an image on Pinterest, you place it in a board. Usually a board is created for a specific subject or type of image.

For example a board about bullet journaling or about cats. If you see a photo you like, you can save it to a board you created. This way you can compose a kind of personal photo book about any subject that interests you. An image or photo on Pinterest is called a 'Pin' and placing a pin is known as ' Pinning'.

A Pinterest board can be divided into sections. For example, if you have a board with ideas for decorating your house, you can make one section per room. If you use Pinterest for your business, it's not recommended to use sections, because these are not recognised by Google.

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Pinterest barcode

Did you know that you can turn a board or account into a Pinterest barcode? By scanning a barcode you can quickly navigate to the desired board or account. It doesn't look like a traditional barcode with stripes or a QR code with squares, but it is a colorful ring of dots. It fits perfectly into the visual approach of topics that Pinterest is all about.

Would you like to try one of those bar codes? These are the steps:

  • Open the Pinterest app
  • Click on the camera icon (if you don't see this icon, click on the search function first)
  • Aim your camera at the dots around my picture below and voila, you will be directed to my Pinterest account.

Pinterest barcode beautifulgreymouse inspiration

You can also watch the video below, in which I will show you in a few seconds how to use the barcode.

Create your own barcode

If you want to create your own barcode for your personal account, follow these steps:

  • Go to your profile
  • Click on your profile picture
  • Click on the larger version of your profile picture
  • Select "Create Pinterest barcode"

It's a piece of cake.

Happy pinning!

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