Greetings, friends! Happy Sunday. I hope you don’t mind if we talk shop today.
There are a couple of things I’m excited about and I want to share with you. One involves Pinterest, and the other involves Instagram. If you use one or both, keep reading. If not, come back tomorrow and I promise to have something more fashiony to share.
NEW Pinterest Following Tab
If you use Pinterest, this is HUGE. First, a little Pinterest history lesson.
When Pinterest started back in the day, it was a social network much like Facebook and Instagram. You followed people if you liked what they saved to Pinterest, and their pins showed up in your feed in chronological order with the newest pins at the top — so really, reverse chronological order. But you get the idea. You logged into Pinterest, and the only pins showing were from people you chose to follow. #novelty
After a few years, Pinterest grew, and someone decided it should be more of a search engine. Think Google. They added a search bar where you can search topics of interest, which is really cool. BUT they also changed your home feed and started using complicated mathematical equations to determine what they think you want to see, based on your pinning habits and search history. Suddenly when you logged onto your Pinterest, you started seeing a bunch of pins from people you never chose to follow.
I get it, it sort of makes sense. It’s a great way to discover new content and get ideas from people you would never know about otherwise, but it also made it frustrating for those who just wanted to see what they asked to see. It’s been like that for several years.
This is where the exciting news comes in.
PINTEREST HAS ADDED A FOLLOWING TAB!!!
Your home feed will remain the same. BUT if you click on the little people icon in the top right corner (see below) you will suddenly see all of the pins from ONLY people you follow, in reverse chronological order (no algorithm.) Just like the olden days. That is your Following Tab.
Yes, Pinterest has decided to give us the best of both worlds. *cue angels singing*
(Now if Facebook and Instagram would follow suit…)
By now you’re probably used to Pinterest being a search engine, so maybe you don’t care, BUT if you would like to see pins by people you follow, start using your Following Tab.
And if you would like to see what I pin (I pin my own content plus a variety of other content that I enjoy – outfit ideas, recipes, decorating ideas, etc.) I would love for you to FOLLOW ME!
One other thing to note, you can also follow certain boards, if you don’t want to see everything a person pins. For example, maybe you just want to see my posts and not everything that I pin from others. I have a board called MY STYLE, and I pin every single one of my blog posts to that board.
I hope all that makes sense. I’ll do my best to answer any questions in the comments.
Shop My Instagram Changes
Not to be left out, Instagram has made some changes this week as well. They have decided to limit their API due to some of the security issues with Facebook and Instagram. (In case you didn’t know, Facebook owns Instagram.) If you are techy and want to read more, this article explains it in detail.
If you aren’t techy and don’t even know what an API is, no worries. All you need to know is this: If you have been “liking” my Instagram pictures so you can receive an email from LIKEtoKNOW.it to shop my IG looks, that will no longer be working.
You can still screenshot my looks and get details through the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, but the email functionality is gone.
I realize that only a small number of you probably even use that, but I wanted to be sure you are aware if that is something you were depending on.
There is one more option, if you like to shop my looks and you’re not opposed to using the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. You can follow me in the app, and then you can always see my looks without having to screenshot anything.
See the little people icon at the bottom of the above image? When you’re in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, you can click on that to see the IG pix from all the influencers you follow. And you can use the little search tool (magnifying glass icon) to search for bloggers you want to follow, or to see their most recent looks.
All that said, I may not be using LIKEtoKNOW.it for much longer… I’m actually talking to another affiliate network about switching over. So I really don’t want to encourage you to start using that app unless you already have it and like it.
THE BEST AND EASIEST WAY TO SHOP MY IG LOOKS
The best and easiest way to shop my IG looks, no matter what affiliate network I end up sticking with, is to use the link in my Instagram profile. This is why I say in almost every IG post, “all details available through the link in my profile” or “click the link in my bio for ready to shop details…”
To find that, just click my name above the picture you want details about. This picture is from the Instagram app on my phone.
That brings up my profile, and you just need to click the link under Shop My Feed👇🏻👇🏻:
That brings up the page on my blog where you can shop all my IG looks. This page will always be here, even if I switch affiliate networks.
Click on any picture to get shopping links to what I’m wearing.
The shopping links are beneath the picture and description.
Clear as mud?
Or you can always just come to my blog and use the Shop My Instagram feature on my sidebar, or the Shop My Instagram page from the SHOP link in my menu bar. There’s a dropdown menu that has various shopping pages available.
WHEW! That was a lot of information, and I hope it’s helpful if you use either one of those platforms.
Now I’m off to get ready for church. It’s cold here but the sun is shining. I’ll take it!
Have a blessed Sunday!