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Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools

Yaara Lancet 10-04-2012

free pinterest appWhether you’ve already fallen for Pinterest or not, no one can deny the new network’s popularity. Instead of sharing your thoughts or actions, you get to share beautiful images. Not only that, those images don’t have to be hand made, only hand picked – all you have to do is find them on the Web, and you’re all set.


As with many other geeks, I decided one night that it was high time I gave Pinterest a try. One thing led to another, and I found myself on a search for ways to learn how to use Pinterest The Unofficial Pinterest Guide This Pinterest guide will quickly show you how to use Pinterest and all of its features. This guide outlines everything there is to know about Pinterest. Read More better, and make pinning quicker and easier, at the end of which I had quite a collection of interesting Pinterest tools with which I could make even better use of Pinterest.

Pinterest Right-Click [Firefox]

Pinterest Right-Click is a simple and straightforward add-on for Firefox. As you’ve probably guessed already, what it does is add a “Pin Image” item to the right-click context menu. With Pinterest Right-Click, you can browse the Web, and every time you find an image you wish to pin, simply right-click the image to pin it.

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This works with full-size images, thumbnails, and pretty much any form of image you may encounter. Once you click on “Pin Image”, a small window will open with the regular pinning details you need to provide for Pinterest. And there you have it, light-speed pinning which is even better than the bookmarklet.

Pinterest Pro [Chrome]

With Pinterest Pro for Chrome, you get three useful Pinterest features in one extension. Just like the former Pinterest Right-Click, Pinterest Pro adds a “Pin to Pinterest” option to the Chrome context menu. Unlike the Firefox extension, though, it doesn’t open a small new window, but a whole new tab, where you can enter the details and complete the pin.


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If you don’t already use a general zooming extension like Hover Zoom 5 Chrome Extensions That Are Going To Make Your (Browsing) Life Easier Some people say our lives are getting harder the more technology we have. While I’m not here to argue that point, I am sure of one thing – some things only get easier. In this... Read More , Pinterest Pro provides a zoom on hover feature for all Pinterest thumbnails. With this feature, you don’t have to click through to boards to view full-size images, but can rather hover over each thumbnail and get to see it full size. You can disable this feature through the options, if you wish, and also get rid of the white frame you can see in the screenshot.

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Another interesting feature Pinterest Pro offers is the Popular Pin Dropdown – immediate access to recent popular pins through a Chrome button, without having to load Pinterest at all. This one is for true Pinterest addicts.


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PinReach (formerly PinClout), is a web analytics tool for Pinterest, which aims at being for Pinterest what Klout is for Twitter. At the moment, PinReach is still a bit half-baked, but can still provide some useful and fun information about your Pinterest account.

To start, sign up for an account with PinReach, providing your exact Pinterest username. Once you complete the registration process, you can access your PinReach dashboard.

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On the left, you can see your PinReach score (mine is not very high), along with all your basic Pinterest statistic such as number of pins, likes, followers, etc.

The dashboard includes four tabs – Analytics, Boards, Pins and Influential Followers. Out of these four, the middle two are the most informative ones. In Boards, you can see how many followers, pins, repins, likes, etc. each of your boards has. In Pins, you can see your most popular pins, and how many times each of them has been repinned by others.

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The Analytics tab is less than perfect at the moment, providing three hard to understand graphs without board names or pin names. The Influential Followers tab is useful only if your followers are using PinReach as well.


It’s unclear how the PinReach score is calculated, but it’s probably based on likes, repins, number of pins and boards, etc. PinReach is a fun way to gauge your Pinterest activity and popularity, and see how you match up to others.


PinAQuote is an original and awesome way to use Pinterest. With PinAQuote, you’re not limited to pinning images – you can pin quotes. How does it work?

To start, visit and drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar. Next time you find a quote you like, simply highlight the text and click on the “Pin A Quote” bookmarklet.

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In the next step, you can edit the quote, tell PinAQuote who said it, and if you have $1.99 to spare for the pro edition, even change the fonts and colors of your quote pin.


In the final step, you can view a preview of your pin before you pin it to Pinterest. Even without pro features, these quotes are beautiful and are very worthy of a pin.


Pin Search [No Longer Available]

Although Pinterest provides a source for every image, we sometimes want to know more. Where else does this image appear? Where can we find similar images? The best answers to these questions can be found on Google Images, and this is where Pin Search for Chrome comes in handy.

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After installing the extension, a new Search button will appear every time you hover over a Pinterest Image. Clicking the search button will perform a Google Image search for the image, and open a new tab with the results, which include the image’s original size, other sizes it’s available in, where it appears and visually similar images. This is a great way to turn Pinterest into an even wider discovery tool for images.

For more Pinterest fun, check out Hack Your Day And Stay Motivated With Pinterest Hack Your Day And Stay Motivated With Pinterest Pinterest is an online pinboard which allows you to share images by ‘pining’ them to your profile. I am sure you will while away a few hours playing around creating pretty image boards or pinboards.... Read More .

What tools do you use for Pinterest? Know of any other ways to expand and improve the Pinterest experience? Share them all in the comments.

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Related topics: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Photo Sharing, Pinterest.

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  1. Stephanie Reed
    May 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    The tool I like for managing and automating my Pinterest account is www [dot] PinPinterest [dot] com It has got me about 55k followers in the last 7 months.
    PinPinterest is free for all, runs online, sets up fast, has Pin Scheduling and Speed control features. The mobile optimised website lets you have access to your account anytime and from any device.
    Its intelligent algorithm pins only content relevant to my business, thus keeping my boards clutter-free...
    Its truly the tool of the future.?

  2. Katerina Kirax
    April 26, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Ok, where is the article AND my question and comment about where is the article? I only see a blank page and the comments, but not my own. I can scroll down and see OTHER articles, but NOT the one I came to look at. Very aggravating.

    All I want to do is see all the pictures on a Pinterest page large size w/o having to open each one and close each one separately.

    This is why I never got into Pinterest and still don't use it. Heck with it.

  3. Katerina Kirax
    April 26, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Where is the article? All I see is a blank page and these comments.

  4. Katerina Kirax
    April 26, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Where is the article? All I see is a blank page and the comments.

  5. marge
    March 15, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I am having trouble also.When I choose a pin to pin it opens my pinterest and then when I choose which board I want to pin onto this frame or whatever it's called with my boards is very tiny and unreadable. Is there some way to fix this ? Please help my other computer is ok.

  6. Nicki
    March 14, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Please help me! I'm having trouble pinning. When I try to pin, it pins to a different subject then what I had chosen. I'm tired of having to fix each pin that I pin. Makes me want to quit!

  7. Jackie Parkins
    June 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I tried Pinterest Pro with Chrome and liked it for a while, but the pop up image wouldn't always go away and just followed me down the page, obscuring the other images.

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      That sucks. I didn't encounter that problem, but my main browser is Firefox these days so maybe I just don't use it enough. Maybe you can contact the developer about this bug? It should be possible to fix.

      • Jackie Parkins
        June 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        I checked the plug in again and a lot of people are having the same problem, so hopefully they are looking into it.

        • Yaara Lancet
          June 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

          I see, that's too bad. Sorry about that. In the meantime, you can try using something like Hover Zoom to automatically enlarge images. It works on many websites, not only Pinterest. Then you can disable this feature in Pinterest Pro, and still enjoy the other features it offers without the bug.

  8. Suhel
    April 14, 2012 at 6:00 am

    @Yaara I'm not able to get the zoom thingy in the pinterest pro... how do we do that :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 14, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Hi Suhel,

      I just tried it myself, and it didn't work for me either. I tried it with a different extension - Hover Zoom - and board images still did not zoom. I'm thinking Pinterest must have changed something when they added the "Change board cover" option about a week ago.

      I would keep track of updates, maybe things will get fixed soon.

      • Suhel
        April 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        It started to work. I cleared the cache and stuff. Restarted Chrome and it started to work :D

        • Yaara Lancet
          April 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

          That's great!

  9. David Schiffman
    April 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Great article...very useful for "Pinsters!" Thanks!

  10. Yannis Kotsanis (
    April 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Many thanks... Very useful!
    See also: 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

  11. PinReach
    April 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring PinReach! We are really excited to bring insight to Pinterest activity and have so much in store.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      That's great, I'll be waiting to see what you come up with. :)

  12. Eric Grodt
    April 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Yaara, we're building a collection of Pinterest tools at Pinstamatic ( At the moment you can pin quotes, stickies, Twitter profiles, Calendar dates and even maps. Keep checking back, we'll be adding even more soon. Thanks!

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Looks like fun! Thanks for letting me know about it. I'll check it out.

      • Eric Grodt
        April 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Great! Let us know what you think...

    • Faye Brogi
      May 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

      I was going to say Pinstamatic, but I'm happy to say it's already here :)