The Pin Junkie: How To Get Invited To Pinterest Group Boards

How To Get Invited To Pinterest Group Boards

How To Get Invited To Pinterest Group Boards
How to get invited to Pinterest group boards

This weekend I finally set up my Pinterest group boards.  I know, I know!   I should have done it a long time ago, but it's kind of a lot of work!  Although I truly love Pinterest, I really wish there was an easier way to invite people to group boards!  Each person who wants to join has to contact you through email (that's a lot of email to deal with) and each person has to be added individually to each board.  Pinterest are you listening?  There has got to be a better way to do this!  Since this is the system we're working with, here's everything you need to know about using Pinterest group boards.
  
For this tutorial, I'll refer to the person who starts a group board as the board administrator.  This is the person who is responsible for creating and maintaining the group board as well as inviting others to pin on the board.  The board administrator can also decide to remove members who don't pin appropriately (see below) and they can delete the entire group board if they choose to.

Contributors are the people who are invited to pin on a group board.

Tips for board administrators:

Make it easy for contributors to join your board by posting clear instructions.  
This is such an important thing to do!  The easier it is for pinners to contact you and join your board, the more people will be part of the board and the more exposure everyone gets for their pins.  Often when I visit a group board, there's no information about who created the board or how to join it.  Many times I'll see "email me for a board invite" in the board description, but pinners can't tell who started the board and don't know who you are or how to contact you.

You can use up to 500 characters in the board description to let people know exactly how to contact you and how to join the board.  If you already have a group board, it's easy to click "edit" to change or update the contact information on your group board.  

How to join a Pinterest group board

Use a separate email address for group board invites.  
As a board administrator, you may want to create a separate email address for your group boards.  This keeps your main email inbox from filling up with group board requests.  It also prevents your main email address from receiving potential spam.  If you do start getting spam, you can easily change your email address without it affecting your main email account.

Tips for board contributors:

Follow the board administrator.
This is Pinterest's rule and you simply can't be added to a group board unless you are following the person who created it.  You must follow the person, not just the board you want to pin to. If the person pins a lot or has a lot of boards that don't interest you, don't worry.  You can always unfollow some (not all) of their boards after you follow them and are invited to their group boards.

Contact the board administrator and ask for an invite.  
This is sometimes difficult to do if the board administrator hasn't left clear instructions. (see above)  Here's a trick.  The first person listed as an editor is the person who started the board and that's the person you should contact.

How to join a Pinterest group board

Know the difference between your Pinterest email, url, and user name.
Your Pinterest email is the email account that you used to open your Pinterest account.  This is where all of your Pinterest updates and notifications are sent to.  If you don't remember what email account is connected to Pinterest, click on your name on the upper right corner.  Click settings on the drop down menu. 

how to find your Pinterest email address

The email address at the top is your Pinterest email address and this is what the board administrator needs in order to invite you to a group board.

How to find your Pinterest email address

Your Pinterest url is the direct web address of your main Pinterest page.  For example my Pinterest url is http://www.pinterest.com/bbrewer/

Your Pinterest user name is how you are known on Pinterest and how people can search for you on Pinterest.

Pinterest user name


Board administrators only need your Pinterest email address and not your Pinterest url or user name to add you to a group board.

Use the correct email address (your Pinterest email) to contact the board administrator
Most of us have more than one email account.  When you request an invite to a group board, send the request from your Pinterest email - the email account that you used to sign up for your Pinterest account.  The board administrator will use your email address to send you an invitation through Pinterest.  If you contact a board administrator from an email that's not connected or associated with your Pinterest account, your invitation will show up in your inbox, but it won't work because it's not connected to your Pinterest account.  

Accept your invitation
Once the board administrator has added you to the group board, you will receive a notice from Pinterest in your email.  If you have your email settings turned off in Pinterest, you may not get the invitation.  Another place to look is in the upper right corner of your Pinterest page.  Next to your name is a red box with a number.  This gives you updates on who has pinned from you and who started following you.  It also gives you updates about who has invited you to group boards.  Look here for your invitation.

how to find Pinterest group board invitation

Pin responsibly
After accepting an invitation to pin on a group board, you must pin responsibly or the board administrator will delete you from the board.  
  • Pin only a few images at a time.  If you pin 10 - 20 images at a time, everyone who is following that board will be flooded with your pins.  
  • Pin images that relate to the board.  If the group board is all about recipes, don't pin something that's about how to paint furniture.
  • Don't pin the same thing over and over again.  People visit Pinterest for new ideas so be sure to pin a variety of pins. 

    93 comments:

    1. Thanks for sharing this> I have so many boards and I always wanted to know how tooooo ..Thanks sister.. HUGS and have a blessed rest of the week my friend.

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    2. Why not simply let users reply to one of your pins? That way Pinterest will send you a message and you don't have to deal with all the emails.

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      1. That’s a great question! I’ve seen other people do it this way on Pinterest. Here’s why I decided not to:

        1. I have my Pinterest settings set so that I don’t receive notices every time someone leaves a comment on one of my pins. I would have to turn those settings back on and Pinterest won’t let me apply this setting to specific boards. As a result, I would get a bunch of notifications from Pinterest in my email every time someone left a comment on any of my pins.

        2. I would still need an email address to invite a person to a group board. If they don’t leave their email address in their comment on a pin, it’s difficult for me to invite them. When adding someone to a group board, using names doesn’t always work, since there may be more than one person with the same name on Pinterest.

        3. Email addresses not only make it easier for me to invite someone, but it also provides a point of contact so that I can help if someone has a question or if there’s a problem with the invite.

        I'm not saying that this is the only way or the best way to set up group boards. It's just one option to consider. Regardless of how you ask people to contact you though, I still think you should be clear about how to contact you in your board description.

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    3. Thank you for this. I thought I was the dummy when I'd want to join a group board and it said "email me". And asking myself who the heck is "me"??? I'm also confused when they say "leave a comment on a pin" to be invited. How does that work?

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      1. I never know who "me" is either especially when a large board has a few hundred contributors. That's why I think it's so important to include clear contact information in the board description. If you leave a comment on any pin on the group board, Pinterest will notify the board administrator that someone commented on one of their pins. If the board administrator has their comment settings turned off, they will never get your message that you want to join their board. That's why I like using email rather than leaving comments on pins.

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    4. This is great, Bonnie! I am not there yet, but I am pinning this for the day I might be...and thanks for the board invite! I am really glad to be a part of them and have found a lot of really great new pinners to follow! :)

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    5. This is wonderful! I just wish I could post to multiple group boards at once!

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    6. Awesome I've been needing this. My biggest issue is finding the group boards but through your boards I found some great ones thanks

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    7. Wow! This is so fantastic! I am sharing this with my blogging/pinning communities and beyond. I am also going to go implement some of these tools right now!!

      FYI: If you are on G+ I have a community there just for Pinterest Board Administrators to help spread the word about their boards. It's just getting started - come join us if you'd like to spread the word a little more about your group boards.

      https://plus.google.com/b/103617730708808444400/communities/110405106020153562852

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    8. Quick question: You write in your article "Board administrators only need your Pinterest email address and not your Pinterest url or user name to add you to a group board." But you ask for the user name in #2 of your sign up procedures at the top of the board's page. Is there a practical reason for this? Just wondering.

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      1. Thanks for catching that Debi! I changed the board description so that step #2 only requires a Pinterest email.

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    9. GREAT article, THANKS!

      I have been invited to a couple boards but have not been able to find them! I agreed to participate by clicking on agree to participate when logged into my Pinterest account and I thought it would then take me to those boards. No such luck. NOW how do I find those boards??? Very disconcerting when they just disappear. =( Thanks for any help you may provide.

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      1. That has happened to me too. That's how I found out it's important to use your Pinterest email to request an invite. When you click agree to participate on the invitation that arrives in your email, it will take you to Pinterest, but the group board doesn't show up on your page if you haven't used the email account connected with Pinterest. You can always request another invite and make sure you're requesting with the correct email address.

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    10. I didn't even know you could use an Email when adding people to your group boards. I've always just used their user name, although yes you do need to be following each other in some way. I'd love to see a follow-up post on HOW to find Group boards, how to tell who is following your group boards (I can see that on regular boards, but not group ones), and how having a group board affects your follower numbers - I don't quite understand how that works. Also, what to do about people who join your board, but then never come back and pin stuff. #SITSSharefest

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      1. I've always found group boards by accident. I don't think there's anything you can do about people who join a board and don't come back to pin. This doesn't really hurt you though, because you gain Pinterest followers when someone follows you to join a group board. Having a group board affects your follower numbers because people have to follow you in order to join your board.

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    11. Thanks for this article. I am bookmarking this page!

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    12. Such a great resource! Fantastic tips. I love my shared group board. It's always fun to see the different perspectives. I look forward to joining others.

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    13. I have recently joined or have been invited to group boards and love them! I am always paranoid to pin more than one or two things at a time.

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      1. How many things you should pin depends on the board. Sometimes a board administrator will let you know the pin limit in the board description. If it's a large board with a lot of activity, you can probably pin more often whereas on a smaller board with less activity, you would probably want to pin less frequently. Pinning one a two things at a time is a smart thing to do. You're not flooding the board with your pins and aren't likely to get deleted from the board.

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    14. This is a great Tutorial! :)

      Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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    15. I came over from Make It Monday, but I see that you linked it up to Bloggers Brags! I wanted to see the post as I just created my community boards too! I had to go back and edit my description a few times when I was setting them up. I hope they are clear enough now! I never can figure out how to email the person when they don't list their email.

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    16. This is wonderfully informative. I used to get invites all the time but they've since disappeared and I've been wanting to get back into it. I was always nervous that protocol was you were asked to join not that you asked to join. Thanks so much for this insight! Super helpful.

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      1. I'm so glad this info was helpful Kyleigh. It's ok to contact the board administrator and ask to join a group board.

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    17. I've gotten invited to a few boards without asking, but I've always wondered how to get invited to boards I want to pin on. And also, how to set up some myself. Thanks for such a helpful post! Saw you over on Time to Sparkle...
      I'm definitely adding you to my follow list on Pinterest. If you'd like to follow me, I'm FoodtasticMom :)

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    18. This is super helpful! Sometimes it seems like a site with such an easy concept (like Pinterest) can get cluttered so fast with confusing things! Thanks for breaking it down for me. ;)

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    19. I'm really glad you took the time to explain the difference between your Pinterest email, URL and user name. I get these confused so this really helped me out! Thanks for sharing this!

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    20. This is a really cool idea. Usually, I've been invited to or came across group boards at random. Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

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    21. Found you on Kathewithane. Thanks so much for these tips. I was trying like crazy to join boards and it was so confusing, so these tips may help. Like you say, some of the boards had little information or the directions were unclear.

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    22. Great post! I love group boards, but having one can be a pain. Pinned!

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    23. Thx for sharing on Wicked Awesome Wednesday. The most useful piece of info for me was how to determine the board administrator. I've gotten on a few groups boards, but for some, I never received a response. Probably because I did not contact the board administrator. You are right - the instructions are sometimes poorly written. When I first joined pinterest, I was totally puzzled by some of the instructions people wrote for how to join a group board. Thanks again.

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    24. Thank you for all the info. We have a group of vintage loving bloggers who sell on Etsy who want to form a board. I hope you are open to further questions once we get the ball rolling.

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      1. Ask away Donna! I'm happy to help and will do my best to answer your questions!

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    25. Thanks for such an informative post. I didn't even know Pinterest had groups!

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    26. Thanks for sharing this! I have joined some group boards already but I learned some new stuff from this. I just requested to join your recipe board!

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    27. Great tips, Bonnie! I was just invited to a Pinterest board and couldn't figure out how to give the administrator my email address. Thanks for linking up to Countdown in Style.

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    28. Great tips! I've seen so many group boards with no idea how to contact the owner. Had no idea it was the first pinner listed - that info will come in handy!

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    29. Thank you very much for this info. I have been very frustrated lately with trying (unsuccessfully) to get on some group boards. This helps a lot!
      #LOBS

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    30. This is a great tutorial, Bonnie. Thanks for spelling it out so clearly. I've been wondering how group boards work.

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    31. I found you via the #LOBS blog party and the timing is perfect! I'd just seen a group board I wanted to join, but there were absolutely no instructions given for how to do it. Thanks to your clear graphics and instructions, I now know which email to send her to get an invitation. Many thanks :)

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      1. I'm so glad this info was helpful to you Kelly!

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    32. Very helpful tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

      Alison
      Nancherrow

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    33. Pinned this! These are good tips for group boards. I have one that I manage, but would love to join more from other users. Visiting from Wake Up Wednesday.

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    34. Thanks for sharing - and thanks for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner. Hope to see you next week for more pinning advice ;o) Nina @ mamas*little*treasures

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    35. This is a great article! I'm currently only a part of one group board, but it is good to know this stuff for the future!

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    36. This is FABULOUS! Thanks so much! I've been wanting to try more group boards... this makes the process less intimidating. Thanks again!
      xoxo

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      1. You're welcome Jennifer! I'm glad I was able to help. Be sure to check out the new Pinterest Group Board Directory where you can quickly and easily find new group boards to join or add your own at http://www.thepinjunkie.com/p/pinterest-group-board-directory.html

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    37. This is some really useful information. I'm definitely bookmarking this page. Thanks for sharing.

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    38. Okay, dumb question here...how do you get the admins. email address to ask them to send you an invite to their group board?
      Thanks!

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      1. Ideally, the person who created the board should include their contact info (such as email) on the board description. Unfortunately, many people don't and it makes it difficult to contact them to join the board. You'll have to go to their main Pinterest page where they should have their blog listed. Then you'll need to go to their blog to find their email and contact info.

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      2. Thank you! BTY, great information here! Keep up the good work!

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    39. Great post, very well covered. I agree with you, on the point about making it clear how to join a group board, some times it is as if it's a secret club your not invited to!!

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    40. This was very helpful...just what I was looking for. Thanks!

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    41. Thank you. Thank you. I absolutely adore Pinterest and have been feeling like a bit of a doof about this whole "group board" thing!! Now I totally get it... and will see if I can connect with some new group boards. I've also gone in and changed the description on my group boards to get more people contributing! YAY!! Thanks again!

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      1. It took me awhile to figure it out too. I'm really happy to hear that you're getting more contributors! That's fantastic! You can also list your group boards in the Pinterest Group Board Directory here: http://www.thepinjunkie.com/p/pinterest-group-board-directory.html

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    42. I'm confused about how we are supposed to get the board admin's contact info....

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      1. The board admin should list their contact info on their Pinterest group board. If they don't, you'll have to go to their blog to find their contact information.

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    43. Hi! I found your link on the Thrifty Thursday link party and I love this post! It makes me want to create one now! Thanks!

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    44. I have been taken off a board, and don't know why. No explanation. I don't know what I did wrong. She has also blocked me. I'm fairly new to board-pinning. Where can I learn all the rules, so I don't upset a fellow pinner? Thanks.

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      1. I'm so sorry to hear that! I think some pinners can be a little over zealous with the blocking feature. Don't let it get you down. I think most pinners understand that Pinterest is a community that works best when people share.

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    45. Hi! Is there a limit to the number of group boards you can join or be invited to from one Pinterest account? I had heard that joining a lot of boards would look like spamming from Pinterest's point of view although I cannot think why if you pin responsibly. Just wanted to hear your views on it. Many thanks.

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      1. I have heard that pinning too much at one time will look like spamming from Pinterest's point of view, but I've not heard that in regard to group boards. Pinterest does have limits in place, but they don't tell users what those limits are.

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    46. NOT ALL GROUP BOARDS are open to invites. My group boards have a high following, but are reserved for friends as contributors. I do not have information about how to contact me or join my group boards because they are not open. I find it extremely annoying that I get emails on a daily basis asking to be added to my group boards, from people I don't even know.

      I would greatly appreciate if you updated this post to state that you should only asked to be invited to those boards who have a board description that say they are open to invites.

      Not sure how my boards got included in your directory.

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      1. Good point Nicole. I'm not sure how your boards ended up the directory either. If you let me know which of your boards are posted in the directory, I'll delete them.

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    47. Thanks for the great information and the easy tutorial! :)

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    48. That's a good tip on putting an alternate Email address in rather than your main one. I've been hesitant to add my regular Email to my boards and have instead suggested people just add a comment to one of my pins. I didn't realize though that they might not realize who "I" am. That's a good tip! #SITSSharefest

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    49. If I leave a group, does the admin/creator get a notification?

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    50. Hi! I was invited to join a group board, I accepted without memorizing the name of the person who invited me. How will I know who invited me? Is there a list I can check which group board I am in?

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      1. In the upper left hand corner of a group board, you will see information about who is pinning on that board. The very first person listed is the person who made the board (the board administrator) and most likely is the person who invited you to join.

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    51. This was SUPER helpful. I had this exact question and couldn't find an answer. This post addressed it exactly. Thank you for doing this!

      On a side note, I'd love to join your DIY shared boards if possible. Im at http://www.pinterest.com/whimsypaper.

      Thanks very much!

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    52. This was SUPER helpful. I had this exact question and couldn't find an answer. This post addressed it exactly. Thank you for doing this!

      On a side note, I'd love to join your DIY shared boards if possible. Im at http://www.pinterest.com/whimsypaper.

      Thanks very much!

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    53. Could you answer a dumb question? If you're emailing the administrator, *how* do you find their email address if it's not in the board description? Thanks!

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    54. I don't know if my last comment went through. Trying again.

      I have a dumb question. How do I email a board's administrator if the email address isn't in the board description?

      Thanks!

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      1. In the upper left hand corner of a group board, you will see information about who is pinning on that board. The very first person listed is the person who made the board (the board administrator.) Click that person to go to their Pinterest page. They should have some type of contact info in their Pinterest profile at the top of their Pinterest page. You may have to click through to their blog to find an email contact. I know it's a lot of steps, but that's why I recommend people include their contact information in the group board description to make things easier.

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    55. Thanks so much for explaining group board basics as I know I need to get more engaged but haven't known how until readying your post. Now I have to decide on the group boards I want to start & gosh, curious if you should just turn some of your existing boards into group boards?

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    56. You are a lifesaver! I was just finding all sorts of group boards today and had no way to get invited... and now I do :) Thank you, thank you, thank you :D

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    57. I cannot manage to find the email of the editor of a board. I know his name but cannot find how to send a message to him. Why in the world do they make this so difficult??? Can you help?

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      1. To find the person who created the group board, look in the upper left corner. The first person listed there is the person who created and owns the group board. If you click that link, you'll be taken to their main Pinterest page which should have some type of contact info such as where they blog or a Facebook link. If you follow the link to their blog, you will probably be able to find an email address to contact them. If all else fails, you can always try leaving a request to join their boards by leaving a comment on one of their pins.

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    58. Hello and thank you for this page.
      I was invited via email to pin on a particular board, but I never received an invitation from Pinterest.
      The only invitation was through my email.
      I've asked them to resend,but I think they are sick of me. I did ask them twice.
      Any ideas?

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      1. Try clicking on the little icon next to your name in the upper right corner of your Pinterest account. You'll get a drop down menu. Click the "you" button which will show you all the invites you've received to pin on group boards.

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    59. Do I need to re-login to pintrest if I updated it. Thank you

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    60. Thanks for the detailed tips! How do you find previous invites that are not showing on the info tab?

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    61. Hi there - this is a great post. I thought it was just me being stupid but I'm finding it really hard to join group boards. I agree with you - board administrators do not make it easy to request an invitation. I have followed your suggestion and clicked on the first person listed as an administrator/editor - but how do I then email them as there is no email address? Also, one person said I should leave a comment on a pin - does this mean leaving a comment "Hi I want to join your board please?" as this seems rude to the person whose pin it is - or just make a comment about the pin itself and hope the administrator realises and sends out an invitation? Feeling very frustrated and grumpy now :-(

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    62. I was figuring out how to get invitation from popular boards. I was invited to pin in few boards without sending them any requests. This post was informative and let me try with these tips. Thank You!

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    63. This is soo good! Thanks for well written, helpful content! Grateful!

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    64. I think I'm missing something.....how do I find the contact information for the group board administrator? None of the boards I'm interested in have any emails or anything to contact.

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