How To display Pinterest Latest Pins In A Slideshow

Pinterest latest pins slideshow is another way of displaying latest pins from any Pinterest user or board on a Blogger blog. In my opinion it is a better alternative to the Pinterest’s Profile or Board widget because it occupies less space. Furthermore each image is directly linked to its pin page on Pinterest, as opposed to profile/board page if you are using Pinterest’s Profile/Board widget.

Visit Blogger Sentral’s widget showcase blog to view/test the demo.

Pinterest latest pins slideshow

To install this widget, all you need is the RSS feed URL for a user or board, and use that as the input for a Blogger slideshow gadget.

Here are the steps in detail:


I. Constructing Pinterest RSS feed URL

Pinterest feed URL format for a user slightly differs that of an individual board.

  • User pins

    For a user, the feed URL will be the user’s profile URL + feed/rss. (To get your profile URL, simply go to Pinterest homepage and click your username on top right corner of the screen. Your profile URL is the URL you see in your web browser’s URL bar.)

    For example, my feed URL would be:

    http://pinterest.com/greenlava/feed/rss

  • Individual board pins

    For a board, the feed URL will be the board’s URL + rss. (To get a board URL, click on the board from the homepage. The board URL is the URL you see in your web browser’s URL bar.)

    For example, my “Blog tweaks and tutorials” board feed URL would be:

    http://pinterest.com/greenlava/blog-tweaks-and-tutorials/rss


II. Reformatting the feed for slideshow gadget

The RSS feed we’ve constructed above is a regular RSS feed and is not compatible with Blogger slideshow gadget as the slideshow gadget only accepts a RSS feed in Media RSS format.

Fortunately I’ve managed to come up with a decent RSS to Media RSS converter using Yahoo! Pipe. To convert, simply plug in your feed URL into the Yahoo Pipe URL below:

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=856c92426668cf9fecea6aa73adf4c72&_render=rss&feedURL=http://pinterest.com/greenlava/feed/rss&pinCount=10

Replace:

  • the value of feedURL with the feed URL you got in step I.
  • the value of pinCount with the number of latest pins to be displayed on the slideshow, from 1 to 25.

This new URL is the URL for the Media RSS version of your Pinterest feed.


III. Adding the slideshow widget

  1. Go to Dashboard > Layout and click a Add A Gadget.
  2. In Add A Gadget window, scroll down and select Slideshow.
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  3. Under Source, select Other.
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  4. Enter the converted Pinterest RSS feed URL from step II into the Feed URL text box.
  5. Click Save and view your blog.

Enjoy!

10 comments to "How To display Pinterest Latest Pins In A Slideshow"

Mary Curtin February 12, 2013 at 8:38 AM    

Very clever tip indeed, I'm going to be sharing this one around

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom February 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM    

Great idea! Is there a way to do this with recent blog posts? (That would be so great!)
~Jamie

Danielle Daws February 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM    

AWESOME! I was only thinking just recently that it would be brilliant to have a slideshow utilising Pinterest! Thanks so much!

Rosie Nixon February 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM    

Oh I love this - thank you so much Green lava!

Suzsaver Sholer February 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM    

Great tips! I've been wondering how to use Yahoo pipes for a long time. The explanation on their stie is a bit to tech for e. Do you have any more posts about Yahoo pipes?

Greenlava February 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM    

@Suzsaver Sholer
Follow this link:
http://www.bloggersentral.com/search?q=yahoo%20pipe

Greenlava February 14, 2013 at 1:12 AM    

@Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Try using your blog RSS feed URL instead of Pinterest's. I think it should work.

Mobile App Development February 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM    

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Rohan Mod March 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM    

i saw this widget on various photo related entertainment websites and was thinking to implement it in my blog andf finally you gave it a shot.thanks for this info.pinterest now a days has become biggest referral traffic platform for my blog.5 type of recent post widget

Patty Antle September 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM    

Thank you for this great tutorial!

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