Are you using any Pinterest tools? Are you even aware that tools for Pinterest exist? I love tools…templates, programs, apps, power tools (honest) and, most especially, social media tools. Anything that helps me streamline how I manage my social media, I am all over. Some of the tools I use measure stats, others help me manage my time, while others are just really cool.
Today I'd like to share with you some of my favorite tools for Pinterest. As a mixed media artist and designer for the craft and hobby industry…I'm a visual person. No surprise there, right? So, when I was first introduced to Pinterest about a year ago, I was hooked immediately. When I say hooked, I mean…I need to set a timer whenever I mosey onto the site. Boy, do I wish that time had a snooze sometimes.
Pinterest is the fastest growing social platform in history! However, despite that fact, Pinterest is still in its infancy. As time goes on, I am certain that we will see some amazing tools pop up. In the meantime, here are some of my favorites.
Pinterest Right Click
Pinterest Right Click is an extension available for Google Chrome. This handy app enables you to pin just by right clicking (or control clicking for Mac users). You can use it for pictures and for video, which is way cool.
An added bonus…you can also use this extension to share on Facebook.
Pinterest Image Expander
Pinterest Image Expander is another Google Chrome extension. This tool is really cool. Once you have installed it, you can hover over an image inside of Pinterest and it will show you a larger view of that image.
I find this feature particularly helpful when I am trying to read text on a pin. I can view it without having to actually open the pin. So, it alleviates having to keep hitting the back button. Simple, yet effective time saver.
Quozio has quickly become one of my favorite little tools. It is a simple and quick way to take a quote, turn it into a graphic and pin it right to your boards. I find it very helpful for turning quotes from my own posts into cool graphics.
First, you download a bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar. Then you highlight a section of text from any website and click the "Quote with Quozio" extension. A pop up window appears with the highlighted text. You can edit that if need be by adding quotation marks, etc. Under that, you add the author of the quote and click "Go". It will generate a graphic to put behind your quote, which you have the option to change. There are quite a few images to choose from. Then you pin it!
Just please be sure to never take credit for someone else's words.
PicMonkey is awesome! Let's face it…the prettiest pins get the most repins. That is just a fact. Awesome eye candy is a must on Pinterest. This tool helps you make your pictures pretty AND you don't need any graphic skills at all.
The free version has many effect available for you to use. You'll have to just check it out for yourself. My very favorite feature so far, however, is their collage feature. While I do possess a little bit of graphic skills, this take the guess work out and saves me a ton of time. You won't believe how easy this is until you just go an try it for yourself. Oh…and you can save whatever you make.
Here is an example of a collage that I whipped out in just a few minutes (and it probably just took that long because I was playing with the different effects lol):
Pretty neat, huh?
My final tool is really more of a tip. Do you know if people are pinning images from your website? Or what they are pinning? Here is how you can check.
Type into your browser the following URL:
So for me, I would type in: http://pinterest.com/source/theresacifali.com
So, are you using any Pinterest tools? I'd love to have you share them in the comment section below. You can count on my reply. 🙂