Let’s face it, in this day and age of social media, sometimes things get a little TOO public. Do I need to know how many miles you ran at the gym? No. Do I care what you ate for dinner last night, or care to see what you ate for dinner last night? Also no. Do I want to know about your weird medical thing that you’re dealing with? OK well maybe, but you get my point. Sometimes you can know too much about what’s going on in the social media world. Pinterest has a solution for this, and that solution is secret boards.
What do you mean it’s going to be secret? When you make a board secret it means that you are the only person who can see the board, and the pins on the board. These pins won’t notifying the original Pinner that you have pinned them. In addition, any of the pins in your board won’t show up in your news feed (on your home page) or come up in a search of any kind in Pinterest. They truly stay a secret.
Why would I want to keep a board a secret? Let’s say you have an embarrassingly messy house, and want to learn tips on how to clean and organize without the judgement of your closest friends and family. Reason number one. There are a few good reasons to utilize secret boards. Gift ideas or party planning ideas for a friend who is also on Pinterest. Special projects that you’re not ready to share yet. Let’s say you stayed up late with some adult beverages and found a bunch of awesome memes to tease your girlfriends with, but you want to save them in your comedy arsenal to be released at a time when maximum impact will be felt. The secret board is your answer whenever you want to pin something, but really it’s no one else’s damn business why you pinned it, and what you want to use it for. Period.
Setting up a secret board (just like most options/settings on Pinterest) is actually really easy. If you are creating a new board, go to your profile, and hit the “+” to create a new board. This brings up a dialog box to edit your board. Enter the name of your board, the description, the category, and the map option (if you want to add a “place” to your pins). The “secret” option is the next option. Click it to “yes” to make it secret, and that’s it. It’s now set to secret.
The next option is collaborators. and this is a great option. This gives you the option to invite other people to see the board, and to see the pins on that board. Remember how I said you are the only one who can see the content of a secret board? Well this is the exception to the rule. ONLY the people you invite to your secret board will be able to see the board, and the pins on the board. This technique is used especially in business or team projects who generally want to keep their competition out of their damn business 🙂
So now that you’ve learned a little more about secret boards, go out there and make use of them. And if you do, don’t tell me. Remember they are secret! In our next article about Pinterest we will cover communicating with other pinners and organizing your pin boards. Happy pinning everyone!