Are You Interested In Pinterest?

by Scott Lewis on September 13, 2013
App Name: Pinterest
Operating System: iOS, Windows, Android
App Cost: $0.00 (as of 9/06/13)

Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy

One of the fastest-growing sites ever to hit the web, Pinterest can be enjoyed through a mobile app for iPhone, Windows Phone and Android devices. Each app, designed specifically for its platform, lets you browse through pins and boards, add your own pins, and manage account settings.

Before we get too far in to the app review let me define a few common terms that Pinterest pinners will often use. When you pin something to your Pinterest account, you are uploading an image along with text that describes the pin. An example of this would be an image of a craft with supporting text that would normally include directions on how to do the craft on your own. When you pin something to Pinterest, you pin it to a board. Boards on Pinterest are simply a way to keep you pins organized by a category heading that you give it. You might have a board for receipts so you can keep them all together and another one for design ideas for your upcoming home remodeling project. The act of repinning on Pinterest is a way to collect and organize pins on to boards that you want to keep for future reference.

If you don't have a Pinterest account, you can easily create one right from the app. Just walk through the initial setup, tap a few pictures, and let Pinterest recommend a batch of users for you to follow. Once you're all set up, you can start browsing through pins, repinning others' items, and pinning your own images. Just like the Pinterest web site, the app opens up to your main dashboard, showing a feed of all the people and boards you follow. From here, you can swipe down through your feed, conduct a search, or create a new pin from a photo already on your phone or a take a new photo.

From the main dashboard, swipe right (Android) or hit the menu button (iOS) to see all of Pinterest's different categories. You can browse through Everything, Popular, Animals, Men's Fashion, Weddings, Humor, and more. It's also easy to conduct a search for pins, boards, or people.

Your Pinterest profile shows followers and those you're following, Boards, Pins, and Likes, as well as any of your items that have been liked or repinned by other users. Thanks to recent updates, the mobile app also lets you edit your profile information, including location, web site, and profile photo.

With the Android app, pinning a photo from the web is simple, thanks to Android's Share function. From any browser, just go to Android's built-in share menu, and choose "create pin." From here, you can choose which photo to pin, select a pinboard, add a description, and so on. The process here is exactly like that on the web site. Additionally, you can create a pin directly from the Pinterest app with a photo or by inputting a web address.

Pros

  • Easy to use for first time users
  • Pin images from around the web
  • Explore pins and boards you're interested in
  • Get inspiration from DIY, Travel, Food and other categories
  • Pin with your camera

Cons

  • Windows Phone app is not as advanced as iPhone and Android versions

Final Verdict

No matter if you're using an Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone the Pinterest app is a must have for anyone that uses Pinterest. It's also a great way to get introduced to Pinterest if you are new to using it. I find the apps even easier to navigate and enjoy Pinterest on-the-go.