Don't listen to what anyone says, Pinterest isn't a destination for women. In fact, 10 of the top 45 Pinterest users are now men. Still not a majority, but if you're into cars, gadgets, good design, clothes, and cocktails, you'll want to jump in, since it's a great way to share and keep track of things you like and may want to act on later. Think of it as Evernote or Pocket with pictures (except they aren't your own pictures, since Pinterest is all about pinning and sharing what's already on your feed rather than adding original content). Arguably, it's even more like the latter app's article bookmarking feature, thanks to the just-updated Pinterest article pins, which make it easy for you to find, share, save-to-read-later the stories you like. Before you start pinning, though, there are a few things you need to know, since Pinterest isn't quite like all the other social media sites. (And don't forget to follow 'Men's Journal' on Pinterest.)
Daniel Bear Hunley is a social media consultant, whose food, style, and travel boards have garnered him more than 1.6 million followers on Pinterest.
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After using Pinterest for a couple of weeks, step back and look at your collections. Do you notice any trends in what you're pinning that you could implement in your life? If you're pinning great cocktail recipes, buckle down and make them – at your next party. Pay attention to the clothes you're finding and either buy something directly from the pin (many of which are linked directly to a retail site via product pins), or be on the lookout for similar styles in the stores. Similarly, Pinterest is increasingly a place to find deals. How does four nights surfing in Tahiti for $2,000 including airfare sound? And with Pinterest's price notifications, you'll be informed if a product from a seller you've pinned is suddenly available for less.
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