Have you noticed how Pinterest has become a media darling in the past few months, it’s growing like wildfire and we see this new image based social network gaining even more ground in 2012.

What is Pinterest? It’s a social network like Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus but it’s based on sharing (or pinning) cool, fun or interesting images. The interface is simple, intuitive and generally speaking, it’s a fun site to be on and look at. Everything from luscious food to home design and eco tech to cool fashion is highlighted on the site by members. If you recently signed up for Pinterest, below we share three tips for new users.

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1. Fill Out Your Profile

When you first sign up, take a moment to fill out your profile page. This includes the usual such as your name and email plus an About section with a picture, your location, a website if you have one and whether you want to have your Facebook and Twitter accounts cross-linked. This is essential for when others want to follow you and or get to know you better. But I would say at the very least add a picture to your profile as this shows up throughout the site.

2. Follow Others –

Like many social networks you’ll have way more fun when you follow others. You can add followers in a few ways. One is via the Invite feature directly on the site, or via the Facebook connect feature Pinterest has under your profile page. As you become more familiar with the site and find cool new Pins, you can also follow other members you like on the site. The more members you follow the more fun you will have and the more items you will come across.

3. Use The Pin Browser Button –

A fast and easy way to Pin items is to install the browser based Pin It button. This way when you come across something cool on the web you wish to share on Pinterest, you won’t have to leave the page, simply press the Pin It button on your browser. It’s free, simple to use and a great way to share freely from wherever you happen to be on the web.

Pinterest is a fun and active social network perfect for those who are visually based. Try our three tips above and make the most of this extremely popular new media darling.

Guest post contributed by Missy who runs a fuel card comparison site and loves to write about cool new social networks like Pinterest.