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Pinterest tip on how to pin photos from Facebook

January 28, 2012

Pinterest trick

We introduced you to Pinterest last fall, not only showing how the sharing network functions but how it can be used in business, and recently we offered invitations to the private network as well as solid ideas for boards that professionals can create to earn influence on Pinterest, we have also named the company one of the 60 Genius Brands to watch in 2012, so we are closely watching the growth explosion right before our eyes. In recent weeks, we have suggested 30 improvements, then another 12 tweaks that the visual bookmarking site could make.

Today, we want to help you address one of our major annoyances with Pinterest in that users cannot pin photos from Facebook to their Pinterest boards which can be very frustrating. Pinterest is doing the right thing by not allowing any content to leak out of a private social network, but there is a hack that is so simple stupid that anyone can pin photos from Facebook on to their Pinterest boards. Right now, when you use your Pinterest bookmarklet or browser extension to pin something from Facebook, this is what you will see:

Trick: pin a Facebook photo

First, find a photo on Facebook that you can’t live without sharing on Pinterest. We recommend you only pin photos you took yourself, have uploaded yourself, and have legal rights to, just to be safe and fair.

Once you have selected the specific picture in Facebook, right click on the image (or control + click on a Mac) and in the drop down menu that appears, select “Open image in new tab” as shown below:

It will open the image in a tab all on it’s own, and try to pin from there – it works!

Below is proof, click to see it live:

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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius and sister news outlet, The Real Daily, and has been named in the Inman 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders several times, co-authored a book, founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.


  1. Thanks Lani! Don't you just love it when you figure out an easy wor-around? I love it even more when a smart friend figures it out and shares it!

  2. OMGosh! You're genius (shocking!) and so funny!

    • Kim, Janica, thanks for reading and for hacking Pinterest! lol

  3. please send me invite to pinterest.

  4. OMG Lani, I was just trying to do this and got that message saying it can't be done. Thanks!! I will try it out.

  5. I had tried to pin a photo from page and couldn't. Thanks for the tip. I will go and try it out!

  6. This trick also works for With the added benefit that it'll auto-describe it too.

  7. disappointed…didn't work for me

    • This did not work for me…. 🙁

  8. This doesn't work for me using Firefox.

    • It did work in Google Chrome though.

  9. Please send me an invite to Pininterest! Thx!! Kris

  10. Great tip! One question – can people who view your pin click it to try and get back to your original photo on Facebook? I'm just interested if pinning it this way still offers the benefit of linking back to the original site for traffic generation. I tried clicking the image, and got the following message: "This content is currently unavailable
    The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page."
    Perhaps because we're not friends? 😉

    • I just started Pinterest a couple of days ago, but it seems the most straightforward way to work around this would be to comment the URL with the pinned image. Anyone could copy/paste the URL to reach the desired webpage. This could also be used with shortened URLs to re-direct to any page…even malicious sites…so users should be very careful about the potential for this method to be abused. I hope this option is helpful to you.

  11. please send me a pinterest invitation

  12. Please send me a pininterest invitation…Thank you,

  13. I tried the right click and it seems with the new update of Facebook it does not allow you to open in a new tab. Any other ideas on how to get this done.

    • Dawn, we just tested it and it works for us – what browser and operating system are you using? We're on Chrome on Windows…

      • Hi Lani, I had the same problem that Dawn above was having and I use Firefox most of the time. Your trick did, however, work on Chrome. Thanks!

      • Hi again Lani, I spoke too soon only after getting the “open image in new tab” option in Google Chrome. The Pin It operation still isn’t working; I get an error message which goes something like: “Pin It: javascript:void((function(){var e=document.createElement(‘script’);e.setAttribute(‘type’,’text/javascript’);e…..”. I can send you a screencapture if you like.
        Any suggestions on what I might be doing wrong? I really appreciate your time 🙂

  14. Please invite me!

  15. This trick is not working anymore! I use Google Chrome and I have tried it with several pictures, and no workie!!

    • Teri, it looks like they figured us out – you can still save images and pin them independently, though until we find another way around it! Dang!

  16. It doesnt work for me, and I use chrome

    it keeps crossing the https:// part and does nothing

  17. 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 + 1 ThankYous!

  18. Thanks for the tips, as it very annoying to get that FB message.

  19. If you are using Google Chrome, you can install the PinBook extension. It adds a ‘pin it’ button to all your facebook photos. Check it out at

  20. I was able to open the image on a separate tab and pin from there. Thanks a trillion!!!

  21. it doesnt work

  22. This works on my desk top but not from iPhone, do you have a hack for that?

    • We sure wish we did! Sorry there isn't one. 🙁

  23. I had doscovered this by accident a few weeks ago. So I am all set when it comes to desktop OS. How about iOS!

  24. Works from my Mac Desktop! Certainly solved a big issue for me. Thank you for sharing.

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