“Someone just logged into your Pinterest Account, if it wasn’t you”…

I get emails like this every now and then. I would say most people get emails like this, perhaps more than every now and then but this is the first time I’ve had someone try to hack into my unused Pinterest account.

My other blog (where I am no longer active) is an Online Security blog aimed at every day people who are security conscious. I haven’t blogged there in a while because I kind of lost interest after some crap that happened last year yadda yadda yadda and here we are. So internet security, online safety, these are topics that used to be quite close to my heart. For those of you that don’t already know, I work in the IT field for a large service provider in my country so yeah, I’m a bit of a (proud) computer nerd πŸ€“

Everything’s fine with the Pinterest account, I just logged into it and changed the password and added 2FA so it should be sweet. It pays to be diligent even with unused accounts – particularly with unused accounts because you often forget about them and usually, neglect them which makes them easier targets for hackers.

Today’s announcement is brought to you by the number 2 and the letters F and A πŸ˜…

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Pinterest Update #8 Still Trending Up

Keeping up the trend from my last Pinterest update, things are still moving upward in some areas of my Pinterest analytics and I’m still gaining followers and viewers:

PREVIOUS MONTHLY VIEWERS – 1 MILLION

CURRENT MONTHLY VIEWERS AS AT 05/06 – 1,046,510

The growth is small but still growth so I’ll take it πŸ˜ƒ Continue reading → Pinterest Update #8 Still Trending Up

Pinterest Update #7 I finally did it, friends! 1 Million Unique Monthly Viewers!

As the title of my post suggests, I woke up this morning and going through my usual updates on social media, Pinterest put a goofy grin on my face:

1MILLIONVIEWERS

Of course, this can be obtained other ways too like through using photoshop πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ but why would anyone do that (and they do, some people on the internet are strange). Here’s my Pinterest link if you want to check out my account and in particular, my Star Wars board (which has been the most popular board for some time).

PREVIOUS MONTHLY VIEWERS 899.4K

CURRENT MONTHLY VIEWERS 1 MILLION

Followers went up a teeny wee bit as well, which is awesome!

PREVIOUS FOLLOWER COUNT – 575

CURRENT FOLLOWER COUNT – 579

And the new metric I introduced last week is tracking nicely too

CURRENT MONTHLY ENGAGED (USERS WHO INTERACT WITH MY CONTENT AND SHARE IT) – 156,226 USERS

Being Pinterest, these figures are likely to change and may drop quite drastically so my new challenge it so try and keep the figures up as much as possible and see how well I can progress. My next soft goal for now is 1.25 Million unique viewers and I’d like to get my followers to 800 and engaged audience up to 200K. Let’s see if my content can intice even more viewers 😁

Til next time, friends!

 

 

 

Pinterest Update #6 – Moving on up once more!

If you’ve been following my Pinterest posts and updates, you’ll know that the world of social media and in particular, Pinterest, can be very up and down. When I first started using Pinterest, I was not a very dedicated pinner. It took some time for me to realise just how useful Pinterest is and in particular, how good Pinterest is at generating interest in what you do. I use Pinterest primarily for collecting images of the areas I focus on such as Writing, Film, Graphic Design and Star Wars. Since 2017 I have collected over 20,000 images on my Star Wars board alone and more than 50,000 images in total.

My last update shared the following stats from Pinterest:

PREVIOUS MONTHLY VIEWERS 580.9K

And on the follower side of things:

CURRENT FOLLOWER COUNT – 483

These are my current stats as of today 28/05/2019: Continue reading → Pinterest Update #6 – Moving on up once more!

Testing Hashtags on Instagram – Part 4

Hi again, friends! After several weeks of testing the Instagram Algorithm, I’m really no closer to discovering the best process for gaining likes and followers on Instagram. I took some time to look at some of the people I followed on Instagram and decided to ask them what their secret was for getting so many likes on their Instagram posts. One account in particular has half the followers I do but when he posts, he manages to get thousands of likes on his posts. So I asked him what it is that he does to gain so much interest in his posts and he told me that he spent time “testing” different hashtags and came up with a diverse list of hashtags that he uses on all of his posts. He said it took him some time to get there, but now all of his posts get thousands of likes no matter what he posts. Continue reading → Testing Hashtags on Instagram – Part 4

@social media – Do you ever wonder why mutuals unfollow you?

On a superficial level, I do wonder about this every now and then, but I don’t obsess over it. People have reasons and sometimes that’s not worth worrying about.

But if it’s a mutual and I’ve been mutuals for a while, and they just unfollow me, it hurts temporarily. And then I remember how awesome I am and my melancholy session comes to an end πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Testing Hashtags on Instagram – Part 3

So this post is about a week overdue, but that’s OK because I want to post about the changes I’ve seen on my Instagram account since first testing hashtags. I started this little mini social media experiment on the 20th of February, and for almost a solid month, I avoided using any hashtags in my posts. This experiment was to test what type of impact using hashtags has on posts if any at all. After a month of not using hashtags, I can see a slight difference between not using hashtags and using hashtags.

Continue reading → Testing Hashtags on Instagram – Part 3