Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shhhh...Pinterest Adds Secret Boards

Collecting gift ideas on Pinterest for your genealogy friends? You can now do it in secret.

Earlier this week Pinterest sent an email to users explaining that Pinterest would be down for maintenance. When I signed in to Pinterest today, I had a splash screen that announced the addition of the ability to add three secret boards.

When you add a board now, a new field appears in the form: Secret. Click the Off button to change it to On and add the board as a Secret board.

According to Pinterest:
"When you add a pin to a secret board, it won’t show up anywhere else on Pinterest—not in the category sections, Popular, Everything, anyone’s search results, your followers’ home feed, your own home feed, or even pins or activity pages on your profile."
If you want more information about this new feature, display Pinterest, and then select Help from the About drop-down menu. Look at the menu on the left of the Help page, and click Support. You'll find an announcement: Announcing Secret Boards: Important Launch Information.

I'm not too sure yet how useful this new ability will be for genealogists. After all, we generally are trying  to get everybody to look at what we post. Of course, genealogists struggled with using Pinterest in the beginning but eventually discovered lots of interesting ways of using it. I'm sure that the use of secret boards will evolve in the same way.

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