Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pinning from an iPhone? Yes, You Can!

Remember when I was totally freaked out about having over 66 starred items in my Google Reader?

Well, how about a few months later {and following several....maybe several hundred more blogs} I had over 250 STARRED items.  Yes, items I found that I NEEDED to go back to for some reason or another.

That's how awesome blog stalking can be.  There are that many fabulous ideas floating out there and I don't want to miss ANY of them.

Here's my issue. I do most of my reading on my Nook.  Curled up in the bed at night, or as I'm putting on my makeup and curling my hair in the morning.

You are shocked that I'm that good at multitasking, aren't you?

Here's the issue.  I can't comment from my Nook.  Well, I could, but then I couldn't leave any link backs and I hate not leaving a link back.  Why?  I guess because I want that person {or others} to find me so totally, irresistibly funny or charming and they MUST head on over here and become a follower.  Sad, pitiful and pathetic, I know.

Back to the issue.  250 starred items.  So, here's what inevitably happens:  I star it "to come back to later".  And then, wah-lah...there's suddenly 250 items to come back to......yikes!

So, I figured out (Thank you Google and to Simply The Nest) for the way to pin from my iPhone.  Now, when I have some free time waiting in car line, watching soccer, etc., I can pin the items I've been "saving" so that I can get rid of at least 200 starred items.

I don't know about you, but having that many items in my starred reader is like having a ton of emails that need to be "taken care of".  It drives me nuts.  Call it OCD, whatever.

So...are you wondering how to do this?

Here's a bit of a tutorial.  {Sorry, I'm not as savvy as Kristen or Charity, so you have to get this in pictures only.}  One day, maybe I will learn the video idea.  Just not today.

Step 1:

Open an existing bookmark that you don't mind losing.  You will be making this your new "pin it" bookmark.  In this case, I'm going to change the one that says "Reader".

Step 2:

Click Edit and this is what it now looks like:
Step 3:
Click on the bookmark that you are going to change.  Again, in my example it's "Reader".  This is what shows up next:


Step 4:
Now highlight the http://www.google.com/reader...blah, blah, blah and get rid of it:  In the place of it put this mumbo jumbo {which I found from Simply The Nest...which is an awesome blog and you must add her to your reader, by the way.}

javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement('script'); e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript'); e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8'); e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());

Yes, all of it.  I copied and pasted it while on my phone and if I can do that, you should be able to do it in a snap, too.
This is what it will look like.  You won't be able to see the entire URL, but don't worry, it works.



Step 5:
Rename the bookmark.  In my case, I renamed it "Pin It Now":

Then, click done and then done again.

That's it.

Then, when you are looking at awesome stuff out there, just go to your bookmarks while on the page:


Then, click on "Pin It Now".  This is what immediately pops up:


This looks "Pinterestingly" familiar, doesn't it?

Then, click on the picture you want to pin...holla...of course I'd love to pin you, Ryan.


This still looks "Pinterestingly" familiar, right?  Click on the board you want to pin him to...How cool is that?

One more small detail, you can't pin from Google Reader, so you must go to the bloggers site {like we should anyway} and pin from there.

Another VERY important detail:

Make sure that you add a description to your pin (or it will say this can't be pinned).  I started this post yesterday and came back to it today and I was getting that error message and totally freaked out, wanted to throw my computer out the window calmly "fiddled around" until I figured it out:

Just click next to the picture of it to describe it {notice it's not Ryan up there anymore...I was trying with another pin}.

There you have it.

Now, please DON'T ANYBODY LEAVE ME A COMMENT SAYING THERE'S AN EASIER WAY.

Just kidding, if there is, comment and let the world know :)


5 comments :

  1. It certainly is handy to pin wherever and whenever. I got directions (and the text to paste) directly from the pinterest site last summer but I don't know if it is still there since I haven't needed it again.

    I'm sure a lot of people will find your post very helpful :-)

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  2. See, I told you there was an easier way...........

    It took less than 30 minutes for Heather to show me :)

    Now, would someone tell me how to put a back link from Nook and then my life would be complete?

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  3. Thanks for the post, Elizabeth.
    So, I admit, I'm still a bit of a newbie when it comes to Pinterest. And you guys seem to know what you're talking about.
    I'm trying to reach out to teachers to learn about their induction experiences, and I think a lot of them might be on Pinterest. My weakest social media platform!
    It seems like you cannot meet people on Pinterest. Am I wrong? Also, where do educators hang out?

    Thanks so much!

    Patrick
    patrick@teahousesocial.com

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  4. Just found your blog....I was sucked in when I saw the words Pinterest and iPhone in the same post! Haha

    Also, in response to Patrick's post...you can't really "meet" people in terms of messaging them and commenting on things. Pinterest doesn't notify you when you get comments on pins and even if you mention them (using @ sign like twitter and Facebook) it doesn't notify the person you mentioned. I think Pinterest is doing this all on purpose, as they want to keep the site as unique as they can and not have it overlap with Facebook and Twitter in terms of communication. If you are trying to connect with teachers through Pinterest, I have found the best way is through blogs first. Most teachers that have a blog and a Pinterest have a link for their Pinterest board on their blog. Then you can hopefully communicate with them through their blog! Does that answer your questions?

    Sarah
    The Eager Teacher Blog
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  5. Thank you so much! I have always said the worst thing about Pinterest on my iphone is not being able to pin from the web! You've changed that for me! Your tutorial was very easy to follow! Thank you again.

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