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Secrecy Can Go a Long Way on Pinterest

En español | Editor’s Note: AARP TEK stands for technology, education, and knowledge. TEK helps people 50-plus who want plain language and user-friendly information on how to best use personal technology. The free program provides comprehensive online and in-person technology tips, trends, tools and hands-on lessons.

Pinterest is known as a community experience. When you share something really interesting, users who know you or don’t know you can repin (or reshare) an item. That’s how the popular site has grown to have millions of users.

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Jen Lee Reeves is AARP's social media trainer. — Ian Cunningham

When Pinterest started in March 2010, it offered users only the ability to post public boards. But in 2012 it created the option of “secret” boards. The difference is the ability to create unsearchable boards. Why?

See also: Step-by-step guide on using secret Pinterest boards (PDF)

Imagine the ability to create boards full of ideas for your husband’s birthday or retirement party. What about a collection of holiday gifts? The secret options are endless. The site offers three secret boards per account. The limit encourages users to pin most boards in public but keep the most secretive topics private.

If you’re interested in learning how to create a secret board, download the step-by-step guide, along with other guides on the AARP TEK social media training page, to help you dig into Pinterest.

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