Saturday, 25 May 2013

Pinterest launches in the UK



I've been using Pinterest for ages, so I was a bit surprised to hear that it's only just launching officially in the UK. Being part of an international community with no borders is one of the nicest things about blogging, but it does lead to strange moments when you realise you've joined a fairly US-centric community - though I've never actually felt that location is a central feature of Pinterest. Anyway, here it is: the official UK launch. I was delighted to be invited to introduce the concept to any of my British readers who might have missed it; this post is mostly for the benefit of anyone who hasn't tried it out for themselves yet.

Pinterest allows you to "pin" images from across the web, collecting beautiful pictures onto "boards" which you can organise according to your personal preferences. You can also follow other users, making it easier to follow their pins and re-pin anything that appeals to you. You can also browse the general stream by category, or search on any terms you're interested in - which makes for a fun pictorial recipe collection.

Yes, for me, it's mostly about the food. Now and then I pin dreamy travel images or useful tips, but mostly I use Pinterest for recipes. There's a huge foodie community, including loads of food bloggers, so there's always plenty of great stuff to discover. I keep one board for savoury dishes:



And another for collecting a virtual sugar-rush:



I also have a separate board just for cake decorating ideas, allowing me to split off the recipes I might be interested in making, from pictures I just want to use for visual inspiration.

If you're already on Pinterest, follow me @rachelcotterill and I'll be sure to follow back. If you've yet to join, why not sign up here and join in the fun?

Pin It Forward UK 2013This post is part of the Pin It Forward UK launch campaign. The next link in the chain is another travelling cook, Jonathan Brown, who blogs at Around Britain with a Paunch and pins as @browners on Pinterest.


8 comments:

Elizabeth Braun said...

Hi! I joined up not so long ago and have boards on embroidery (fancy that!!) so far. Well, I can't really think of a linguistic way to use Pinterest!!=) I joined up for future business use really and hope it'll help. It does drive some traffic to my blog, so that's nice.=)

Hope Reid said...

I had no idea that Pinterest wasn't already in the UK. I kinda figured that because it's the internet, it was more limitless. Your food pics are amazing.

Rachel said...

You have to be a little careful with Pinning, because apparently one of the subclauses of the T&Cs grants Pinterest the copyright on anything you Pin - or at least used to. There was quite a fuss a little while back, so they may have changed the T&Cs by now...

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I'm addicted to Pinterest!

Lauren Michaels said...

Thanks for participating in Pin It Forward, Rachel! It's great to hear that you have found so many inspirations on Pinterest from cake decorating, recipes & more! Your Savoury Dishes is amazing- I have to try the vegan mini-quiches! Lauren, Community Coordinator

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I already follow you Rachel. I do love pinterest, but you have to be careful not to lose hours on there.

Becky Jerdee said...

I've been pinning for a few months...

A Cuban In London said...

I'd already heard of Pinterest, but like you I thought people in the UK were already using. It goes to show that we might be very well connected but still we need real like protocol. :-)

Greetings from London.

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