Shh…Pinterest has a secret. Well, lots of secrets actually. We don’t know how many secrets because, well, they are secret.
Pinterest is designed for sharing images with others but there is a secret side to Pinterest that many people don’t know about: Secret Pinterest Boards. Secret Pinterest boards are for your eyes only, they aren’t viewable by the public.
How to Create a Secret Pinterest Board
Creating a secret Pinterest board is easy, it only takes one extra step beyond creating a public Pinterest board.
1. Go to Pinterest and click on the plus sign + next to your name. Choose Create a Board from the drop-down menu.
2. In the pop up window, add the title of your new board plus a description of what the board is about. Next, choose a category for the board from the drop-down menu.
You can choose to add a map (see, Pinterest Place Pins – Your Inspiration for Your Next Destination! for more information on adding maps to Pinterest boards).
3. Select Yes for Secret. Then click Create Board.
You have now created your new secret Pinterest board.
You can also create a secret Pinterest board by going to your Profile and Pins page, scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the + sign to Create a Secret Board.
Creating a Secret Pinterest Board on Your Mobile Device
You can create a secret Pinterest board when you’re on the go using the Pinterest app in just three easy steps.
1. Open the app and press the profile icon.
2. Then click the plus sign icon.
3. On the next screen, fill out the form to create your new board and select Secret.
Using Your Secret Pinterest Board
You can pin to secret boards exactly how you pin to public Pinterest boards. When you want to pin to your secret board, you can choose the board from your list of Pinterest boards. Secret boards have a lock next to their names so you can know which of your boards are secret.
To view your secret Pinterest boards, click on your name in the upper right corner of Pinterest and from the drop-down menu choose Your Profile and Pins. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see your secret boards.
Invite others to join your secret boards. Secret boards don’t have to be exclusively available to you, you can include others and grant them access to your secret board. People you invite will be able to see your secret board and add pins to the board.
To invite others to your secret board, create the secret board, then edit the board. When the edit window opens, you will see a section where you can add others to the board. Type in the name or email address of the person you want to invite to the board.
Increased Limits on Secret Pinterest Boards
As of March 2014, Pinterest now lets you have an unlimited number of secret boards, up from the limit of 3 when secret boards were first made available.
Making a Secret Pinterest Board Public
There may come a time when you wish to reveal your secret Pinterest board to the public. You can do this easily by editing the setting of the board from secret to public.
Be careful, once you have made a secret board public you cannot make it secret again. Similarly, a board you originally created as a public board can not be turned into a secret board.
If you join a secret Pinterest board, be aware that the creator of the board can make it public at any time, without your permission. So if you join and pin to a secret board such as “My Boss is a Bozo” created by a colleague, know that your colleague can make that board public as she walks out of your office and into a new job.
You can leave a group board at any time, including secret boards that go public. Go to the board and click Edit. Go to Who Can Pin and find your name. Click the Leave button next to your name. Your pins will be removed from the board and you will no longer be following the board on your home page.
Ideas for Using Secret Pinterest Boards
Ideas for using secret Pinterest boards abound. See, 18 Inspirational Ideas for Secret Pinterest Boards for ideas on how to use secret Pinterest boards, including a SlideShare presentation to inspire you!
More About Secret Pinterest Boards
Find out more about secret Pinterest boards from the Pinterest help page.
Have you ever created a secret Pinterest board? Did you know that you could create secret Pinterest boards? What would you use a secret Pinterest board for? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Become a Bletchley Park Star!
- are a history buff
- are a tech fan
- want to be a movie star
- are in the London area this week
you may want to head to Bletchley Park this weekend. To complement the renovations of Britain’s treasured site of codebreakers during World War II, Bletchley Park will be recording video and audio segments about what life was like at the site during the War.
Bletchley Park will be holding casting workshops on Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18 for actors and narrators who want to appear in the video and audio segments. Filming is scheduled to take place over a weekend in February and actors who are chosen will appear in full costume, hair and makeup from the 1940’s, provided by Bletchley Park.
For more information and to apply for the casting workshop, check out the Bletchley Park website.
To learn more about Bletchley Park, check out Bletchley Park: Your Tech Travel Destination!
* Laurel & Hardy image by Raquel Camargo (edited)