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Lately, I've been exploring Pinterest for all its possible applications. After telling you about 5 useful Pinterest tools, I still wasn't sure what to do on Pinterest. After the first wave of ideas was done, I couldn't find things I truly wanted to pin no matter how hard I tried.
It was around this time that I heard about Pinstamatic. Despite the somewhat unfortunate name, Pinstamatic offers a solution for anyone who is looking for something more out of Pinterest. If pinning images is simply not enough for you, Pinstamatic lets you pin entire websites, text, locations, music and much more. It does all this without ruining the Pinterest experience or making your boards look less aesthetic.
The Old Look vs. The New Look
Before getting started with Pinstamatic, you should know that it's still a work in progress, and at the time of this writing has two different designs: the old one and the new one. The old one, being the veteran, is bug-free and more responsive. The new look, on the other hand, is much more appealing, but is still a little bit buggy. Officially, Pinstamatic is still using the old version, but the new one will take over sometime in the future.
In the meantime, for an overall better experience, I recommend using the new version of the website. The bugs I encountered were mainly visual, and had no real effect on the actual pinning. Most screenshots in this article are taken from the new design.
Using Pinstamatic, you can pin a website, a sticky note, text & quotes, a Spotify track, a Twitter account, a date or a location. More features such as photo filters will be added soon.
To start, all you have to do is choose the icon matching what you wish to pin. It helps if you're already signed in to Pinterest – that way you'll be directed straight to Pinterest without having to sign in first. Let's start with pinning a website.
You can enter any URL, and Pinstamatic will create a preview of it on the right side of the screen. If you check the "Full length" box, you will be pinning the entire page, no matter how long it is. If you leave it unchecked, you will only pin the top part of it. Don't worry if it takes a few seconds for the preview to generate, it will eventually appear. This is what the preview looks like for a specific post page from MakeUseOf.
If you're happy, click on "Pin", and you'll be redirected to the regular Pinterest pin interface, where you can choose a board and add comments.
Next, you can try pinning text or sticky notes. It's unclear why sticky notes are a separate option, but both of these let you type in any text you wish and pin it as an image. In the quote option, you can also add an author, and choose from six different styles. In sticky notes there is no author and only one style – a yellow sticky note.
Changing styles will automatically change the preview accordingly. If nothing happens, click on "Preview" to refresh the style.
One of Pinstamatic's coolest features is the ability to pin music. Unfortunately, this is only possible using Spotify, but if you and most of your friends are in the right country, this shouldn't be a problem. To pin a track, start typing its name. Pinstamatic will search Spotify's database and come up with suggestions.
The actual pin is made up of an album cover with a play button on top of it. You can check the different available options to choose the best-looking album cover. Clicking on the pin will redirect your friends to Spotify, where they can listen to the track you've chosen.
Another nice feature is the ability to pin Twitter accounts. Let's say you've found an interesting Twitter account and want to tell all your friends about it. Sure, you can tweet it, but wouldn't it be much more informative and creative to pin it? To do this, simply insert the Twitter username you want to pin. Pinstamatic creates a nice image for the account, including its name, description and the last tweet it made.
Moving on to location. Sometimes you visit a really interesting place but don't have a photo. Sometimes you want to show your friends where you went to school or where a cool restaurant is. Pinstamatic lets you pin an exact location to Pinterest. You can either enter an address, or use the map to place the pin on that location. You can then add a title and a description to your location.
The pin will appear as a map, with a note "attached" to it. The title you've given the location will appear on the note. The description will appear in the pin's description area, not on the image itself.
As you can see, Pinstamatic automatically adds its own URL and name to your pins, but you can easily remove these if you wish.
Similarly, you can pin a date, which will appear as a huge calendar icon with the date on it.
Pinstamatic is in no way perfect yet, and some customizing options are certainly in order. The ability to decide which part of a website to pin, or to have more control over the appearance of the pins would be welcome, but even as it is, it's a really great idea that can magically add some life to a stale Pinterest presence, or inspire any bored Pinterest user.
What do you think of Pinstamatic? Do you know of other tools that enhance your Pinterest experience? Share everything in the comments!