So, You Want to Pin Facebook Images to Pinterest? You Still Can!
If you have been under a rock recently, you may not have heard ofPinterest, which – pardon the internet cliche – is taking the internet by a storm.
I love Pinterest, and I love spending time there. It is like a giant virtual pinboard, or scrapbook, and you can find “pins” or images that users have sorted into “boards” or categories, and there is something there to satisfy everyone – maybe even “Johnny 5,” the robot that came to life in the 1986 film Short Circuit with an insatiable desire for “INPUT!”
Pinterest is perfect for my ADD sensibilities, with every kind of rabbit trail and distraction there in one place for me to waste time explore.
Until the other day, the way to pin images from Facebook to Pinterest was to find the image in the photo album of the person who originally shared it, and select “open image in another tab” (or window).
The image would open by itself in the next tab and you could pin it from there. But earlier this week – along about Thursday, Facebook changed the way it uses the lightbox to display your photos, removing the “open image in new tab” option from the selections displayed when you right click. This prevented once again any Pinterest pins directly from Facebook.
Here is the solution.
Find an image on Facebook that you like well enough to display on Pinterest. Select your image directly from your news feed, and from the drop down menu, select “Copy Image location.” NOT “Copy Link Location” – that will take you to the lightbox area of the photo album, and is just an extra step.
In your browser’s address bar you will see the actual URL for the image, which will be a series of long numbers that end in “_n.jpg” Copy and paste that URL into another tab, and you will find the image separated out by itself, just like it would have been before the change.
After that you will have an opportunity to find the “Pin It” bookmarklet in your bookmark bar and click on “Pin It.
Add some kind of a comment and select a board to pin your treasure to, and you are good to go!
Your pin is live on Pinterest immediately, and you can sit back and wait for people to like, comment, and repin. There are plenty of other things to look at on Pinterest while you are waiting.
But keep an eye on the clock. It may be dinner time before you finally get away from Pinterest!
Pinterest is currently available by invite only. Please leave a comment if you need an invite or inbox me on Facebook and I will be glad to set you up.
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