Have you ever tried to look for someone on Pinterest and found it was a bit of a challenge? Pinterest’s search engine can be a bit confusing considering there are so many different types of search that are available within Pinterest, both on the mobile apps and the desktop version.
Part of the challenge of trying to find someone on Pinterest is that the default search results lead to searching for pins.
This tutorial will show you step by step on how to search for someone on Pinterest with the desktop version of Pinterest.
How to Search For Someone On Pinterest
If you try to go directly to Pinterest.com to use the search box, and you’re not logged in, you won’t find it there. I’m going to assume that you do have an account and that you’re logged into Pinterest, or else Pinterest will show you a sign up box.
When searching for anything on Pinterest, by default, you will be searching for pins on the desktop version of Pinterest. This means even if you do type in someone’s name such as Martha Stewart, the DIY queen, you’re going to get results for pins.
When I typed in the her name in the search, many of the pins shown from the results do come from Martha Stewart’s website, however, they aren’t pinned directly from her Pinterest account. Making this difficult.
What you need to do to find Martha Stewart’s Pinterest account is to switch it to Pinners which is the silver box on the very right hand side.
Once I typed in Martha Stewart, I was able to find her, and many of her relevant businesses that are on Pinterest. And I was able to find other Pinterest users who also had the name Martha Stewart in their Pinterest name as well, and that’s how you find someone on Pinterest.
You can also search for someone with the Pinterest app in the same manner. Locate the search tool on the mobile app and ensure that after you’ve typed in a person’s name, that you choose the pinner option. This is because by default, it will search for pins instead of Pinterest users.
The hardest part about looking for someone on Pinterest, is if the person doesn’t have their first and last name in their Pinterest account.
THEN, this becomes a bit of challenge looking for her. If you can’t find someone by their first and last name in the pinner search with Pinterest, see if you can find them through the business that she runs.
This was the case for myself. For the longest time people were looking to connect with me on my Pinterest account, but the challenge was that my business account didn’t have my own name in it. And so many of my friends, and some influential pinners ended up following my personal account which I use much less.
That’s when I learned that it was important to optimize the name on my profile to have both my personal name and business name in case people were looking for me. This is vitally important for people who are soloproneurs.
With those simple tips, you should be able to find the person you’re looking for. There’s also the chance that the person you’re looking for doesn’t have a Pinterest account. It’s actually not that unusual for even big social media companies not to have a Pinterest account.
Well, whomever you are looking for on Pinterest, I hope you find them. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments if you have any further questions about trying to find a user on Pinterest.
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