Pinterest Answers How are other people pinning to my boards?

Pinterest Answers How are people adding pins to my boardsAh, you’ve discovered one of the other features of Pinterest: community boards.

Anyone with a Pinterest account can create a community board with one or more contributors (pinners). That could be

  • you pinning from another account you have (a great way to save yourself some time)
  • specific people you invite to pin
  • your best buddy
  • a great big group of people
  • folks you’re planning an event with
  • people you’re working on a project with
  • …any other reason you can think of

Once you create the community board, or join another one, you’ll see all pins from all the contributors on that board.

Why would you join a community board?

Creating a community board, or joining an existing community board, is a great way to learn more about what others are doing and get your name and information in front of a larger group of people and expand your “reach.” The pins from a community board show up in the stream for all members of the community board.

How can you tell if a board is a “community” board?

Pinterest How to tell a community board from a personal boardWhether it is a board you\\’ve created or a board you’ve joined, you’ll see a little group of people in the right corner of the board (like the one here).


  • I love pinterest, it’s addictive. I love the idea of a community board. great blog, love it .

  • Jan Kearney says:

    I’m a member of a few community boards, they can be useful and fun too! Although they do fill my emails up with notifications – need to adjust the settings. Pinned you :)

    • MamaRed says:

      Hey there Jan…yup, those notifications can get wearisome…thank goodness Pinterest added some options for those notifications (and thanks for the pin!)

  • MelAnn says:

    Community boards are mainly a nuisance for me. I have enough issues keeping up with pinning to my own board! If it’s a short-lived project like the UBC board for April – then I’m all for it! I somehow got added as contributor to boards and not notified about it – and they started showing up in my pin board options when I would go to pin – lol! I think Pinterest has since corrected that. I might consider opening up a community board for my group to capture the pulse on the community soul – but for now – I prefer my own boards for the most part!

    • MamaRed says:

      I know what you mean MelAnn…I go back and forth on them and although am on several, still primarily post to my own board. I haven’t had any issues being added without permission lately, so it appears that one got corrected, thank goodness and the great thing is you can also unfollow the board! Have lots of fun.

  • Delia says:

    Love your series, MamaRed! Etiquette question for you: How do you decide what’s OK to pin and what not on a common board? Are there any rules set by the owner? Say there’s a social media community board you’ve been invited to, are you free to pin all articles you feel are social media-related? Not sure where the thin line is :) Thanks!

    • MamaRed says:

      The owner of the board is the one who sets the rules about what can be pinned or not. Some board owners are very active in monitoring/managing the pins, others are not. In your example, if there are no stated rules or there are not specific guidelines, pinning anything related should be perfectly fine. You can also unfollow (unsubscribe) from a community board if you don’t like what else is being pinned or, heck, you’re just tired of it (smile)

  • Arun Prasath says:

    Thanks Mamared, I was search everywhere on how to pin on other boards. Now i know how to do it.

    Thank you :)

    • MamaRed says:

      You are so very welcome Arun…glad to hear the post helped you!

  • Curtis says:

    Hi- I’m trying to create a Pinterest contest where my Facebook followers can follow the URL in my Facebook post to my board and pin something.

    Can is use the Community board for this and allow anyone to pin, so I don’t have to manually add hundreds of people?

    • MamaRed says:

      Hi Curtis…I did a bit of research on this one and I’m not seeing a way to “mass invite” or avoid the manual invite thing. Ugg!!! In one of the Facebook groups in which I participated, we a) followed the creator of the board and b) sent a request to contribute. I can see how this would be insanely overwhelming for lots of people. I’m wondering if there is an app that would make it easier. Have you checked into that option? That would be my first (next?) step!

      Laugh lots, Love more!

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