Pinterest now allows users to create secret boards

9 Nov 2012

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Online bulletin board Pinterest is testing out one of its most-requested features, secret boards.

The service that allows members to ‘pin’ images, videos and other content to their online pinboards is taking advantage of the fact the holidays are coming, and people may begin to compile their gift lists and plan parties.

“We’ll be rolling out a test that enables anyone to create three secret boards,” wrote software engineer Evrhet Milam on the Pinterest blog.

“We hope that secret boards will make Pinterest even more useful. You can use secret boards to keep track of holiday gifts, plan a special event, or work on a project you aren’t yet ready to share with the rest of the world. You can keep your secret boards to yourself or invite family and friends to pin with you.”

Anything pinned to a secret board won’t show up anywhere else on Pinterest.

“Right now, you can’t make existing boards secret because others people may have already repinned from your board. See this support article to learn more about secret boards,” Milam wrote.

Pinterest board

To create a secret board, Pinterest users need to just go to their profiles, scroll down to the bottom, and click ‘Create a Secret Board’. Users may also click Add+ on the top right-hand corner of Pinterest, select ‘Create Board’ and turn on the ‘Secret’ button.

Pinterest has enabled mobile device users to create secret boards, as well, via its iOS or Android app. Users of the app should go to their profiles and scroll to the bottom until they see a button labelled ‘Create a Secret Board’ to get started.

Milam also announced that Pinterest has also revised its Privacy Policy to include secret boards and simplify the policy’s language.

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