Yesterday, we told you that Pinterest may be working on private pinboards, an often-requested feature that Pinterest had mentioned in the past, but never enabled. Now, users can rejoice in their newfound privacy – Pinterest has just launched “Secret Boards” in time for the holidays.
Starting today, users will have the ability to create up to three Secret Boards. If you want to create a new secret board after your three slots are filled up, you’ll have to delete one. Pinterest says that it won’t count as one of your three boards if you contribute to a friend’s Secret Board.
“When you add a pin to a secret board, it won’t show up anywhere else on Pinterest—the only place you can see it is on your secret board. Right now, you can’t make existing boards secret because others people may have already repinned from your board,” says Pinterest. Users can’t create a secret board, make it public, and change it back to secret either.
You can create a secret board in a couple of different ways. On the web, there is now a Secret Board box at the bottom of your profile.
Also, there’s now an option to make a board secret when you create a new one via the “Add+” tab.
On the latest version of the Pinterest mobile app for iOS and Android, there is a “create secret board” button inside the boards tab in your profile.
“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,” says Pinterest.
Users have been wanting private pinboards for a long time, and Pinterest finally delivers. Of course, this is good news for holidays shoppers using Pinterest to gift plan. But moving forward, Secret Boards are a good thing for the service. Just think of how many boards have yet to be created and how many pins have yet to be made because someone was previously embarrassed by it?