How to Use Pinterest Group Boards

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One of the best ways to discover great content on the web is by using Pinterest. In addition to following user profiles and individual boards on the platform, you can follow (and join) Pinterest group boards that have multiple users contributing content to them.

Standard Boards vs. Group Boards on Pinterest

When you creates a new board on Pinterest, it's yours and only yours to pin to by default. The pins you add to the board can be seen by everyone (unless you make it a secret board), but nobody else can add pins to it.

When you invite at least one other Pinterest user to contribute to a board and they accept the invitation, it automatically becomes a group board. Users who haven't been invited can also request to join a group board, which the board owner can approve or reject.

Contributors of group boards will see their group boards appear on their profile with the rest of the boards. They'll be able to pin anything they want to it whenever they want, just like they can with their own standard boards.

Contributors, however, are limited in what they can edit on group boards. While they can drag and drop group boards to reorganize their profiles, they can't change the name, description, category, cover pin, or visibility of any group boards they contribute to.

Only group board owners can change the information and settings. Group board owners also have control over inviting users, accepting or rejecting requests to join and deleting group boards.

How to Find Group Boards on Pinterest

Unfortunately, Pinterest doesn't have a dedicated section for group boards or a search filter for them, making it difficult to find them.

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Here are a few ideas to find group boards quickly and easily.

  • Use PinGroupie: PinGroupie is an unofficial search engine for Pinterest group boards. All you have to do is type a search term into the field at the top and you'll get a list of group board results—complete with details, statistics and how to join.
  • Search "Group Boards" in Pinterest: Many Pinterest users pin blog posts that compile lists of group boards. All you have to do is search the term "group boards" in Pinterest's search field and see what comes up.
  • Look for Group Boards on Pinterest Users' Profiles: One of the easiest and best ways to stumble across great group boards is perusing the boards of other Pinterest users. To identify group boards a user is a contributor to, look for a circular icon featuring two or more user profile pictures directly above the board name.
  • Search "Pinterest Group Boards" in Google: Do a Google search for "pinterest group boards" and you'll come across a few good blog posts. You can even take advantage of Google's search result filters by selecting Tools > Any Time > Past Year at the top to filter out any results that might be outdated.

    How to Join a Pinterest Group Board

    There's an easy way and a harder way to request to join a Pinterest group board.

    The easy way is to look for a "Request to join" button in the top right of the group board page.

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    Most group board owners don't put this button on the board page to prevent an overwhelming number of requests (and potential spammers), but if you see it there, select it to automatically request to join the group board.

    You'll receive a notification only if the group board owner approves your request.

    If you want to request to join a group board that doesn't have a request button, you can do the following:

    • Read the group board description for instructions on how to send in a request. Many group board owners willing to accept new contributors will tell you to follow the board, contact the owner directly (perhaps via an email address provided), or follow a link to fill out a request form.
    • Contact the group board owner via Pinterest private message. You can identify the group board owner by looking at the group board URL, which should contain the owner's username before the group board name (http://pinterest.com/username/group-board-name). Navigate to the group board owner's profile (by going to http://pinterest.com/username) and select Message at the top to send a private message asking to join the group board and ideally explaining why you'd be a great contributor.

    If you ever decide you want to leave a group board after being approved as a contributor, navigate to the group board and select the member profile picture bubbles. A list of the members will appear in a drop-down. Locate your name and select Leave beside it.

    How to Pin to a Pinterest Group Board

    Once approved to be a contributor of a group board, it's as easy to pin to it as pinning to any of your boards—and you can do it from Pinterest.com and the Pinterest mobile app.

    1. If you're on Pinterest.com, select the red plus sign, then select Create Pin. If you're on the Pinterest app, tap the plus sign, then tap Pin.

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    2. Add an image/video, title, description and destination link. On the app, this requires going through two tabs by tapping Next.

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    3. On Pinterest.com, select the down arrow beside the Publish button to search or scroll through your list of boards to choose a group board. Hover your cursor on a group board and select Publish next to it.

    On the app, scroll through the list of boards to choose a group board. The pin will automatically be pinned to the board you tap.

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    All group boards in your list will have a group icon displayed to the right of its name.

    How to Create a Pinterest Group Board and Invite Contributors

    Creating a Pinterest group board is as easy as inviting someone to join.

    1. If you're on Pinterest.com, select your name at the top, then select Profile > Boards. If you're on the Pinterest app, tap the plus sign, then tap Board.

    2. On Pinterest.com, select the red plus sign inside the empty board to the left of all the rest of your boards.

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    3. On Pinterest.com, type a board name into the given field, then select Create. You'll be taken to the board page.

      On the app, type a board name into the given field, then, if you already know who you want to invite, tap the add users icon under the Add collaborators section.

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    4. On Pinterest.com, select Copy link at the top to either copy a link to send outside of Pinterest, or select Invite besides any user(s) you follow and want to invite to your board in the given list.

    On the app, tap the name(s) of the user(s) you want to invite them, then tap Done.

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    You can also turn any of your existing boards into group boards by navigating to the board page, then select Invite (on Pinterest.com) or tap the add users icon (on the app).