Pinterest Introduces New Tools for Keeping Pins and Projects Organized



The features are designed to help you stay organized as you take on projects from planning a wedding to decorating a nursery to everything in between.

Neat freaks, rejoice! Pinterest plans to make organizing your pins and boards a whole lot easier through several new updates.

First up, Pinners can now archive their boards to keep projects compartmentalized and separate from your general pinning activity.

Pinterest explains that one of the major benefits of this update, aside from contributing to a more tidy profile, include reduction of irrelevant recommendations and notifications. For instance, if you created a board for a specific event like a bachelorette party, baby or bridal shower, or wedding, you will no longer get any related recommendations once that board is archived.

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As the above screenshot depicts, archiving takes two total taps: first to select the “Edit” button followed by the “Archive” button. Once archived, the board will be filed under a new section located at the bottom of your profile. Even though these are removed from your other public boards, they will always be accessible until deleted, and can be shared amongst family and friends using the “Send” button.

A second update allows you to reorder sections of a board. “Sections” was a feature the company introduced last fall, and having received feedback since then, users are now getting the option of rearranging sections. For example, if you’re looking to plan your outfits for the week or making a grocery list for a particular week, these can be moved to the top of the board so you know exactly where they are when you need them.

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If you’re on a computer accessing Pinterest or pinning from your iOS smartphone, simply open a board, press and hold on a section, and drag to place to the desired location. Another way to achieve this is to tap the “Organize” button, triggering the collapsing of all created sections, and then dragging them to where you’d like.

Android users can reorder their sections by opening a given board, tapping “Organize,” then “Reorder” to start moving and replacing sections.

Pins are getting a similar update as well (see below).

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For iOS and web, hold and press on a Pin to drag and place in the new spot of choice. Alternatively, you can tap “Organize” from a board of section to replace a pin to a new location.

Though not a new update, the company reminds its users that the copying or moving of multiple Pins either to a new board or new section can also be accomplished via the “Organize” button.

Finally, Pinterest is introducing the capability to sort boards. These can now be ordered alphabetically, by most recently saved to, by board creation date, or custom (dictated by where they are dragged and dropped).

Image via Pinterest.

“These new tools are features our users have asked us for, and we’re excited to roll them out to help make planning and organizing all aspects of life with Pinterest easier,” said Lawrence Ripsher, Pinterest’s senior vice president of product, in a statement to WIRED.

Updates aside, what are the notable implications here?

As TechCrunch points out, despite seeming like trivial updates on the surface, neglecting them could have significant consequences like users leaving or not finding as much use in the platform. Moreover, as VentureBeat reiterates, AI is continuing to gain traction, so any feedback that can be translated back into the platform’s machine learning algorithms today will be helpful going forward.

These features are all available for the web as well as iOS (version 6.44) and Android (version 6.52) users.

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