Pinterest update brings Guided Search to desktop users (VIDEO)

12 June 2014, 6:51 am EDT By Alexandra Burlacu Mobile & Apps

Pinterest is getting ready to release a neat new update over the next few days, allowing desktop users to enjoy the popular Guided Search feature.

With this Guided Search, Pinterest users will be able to search and discover places, items, and things they might be interested in. The function has been available to Pinterest mobile users for a while, and has proved to be very popular.

 "A few months ago we introduced Guided Search on mobile to help you make discoveries and find things you didn't even know you were looking for - your next road trip, backyard idea, BBQ recipe, anything! This week, Guided Search is rolling out on the web just in time for summer exploring," Pinterest announced in a new blog post on Wednesday, June 11.

"Now when you search for something, descriptive guides will help you sift through all the good ideas from other Pinners. Scroll through the guides and click any that look interesting to steer your search in the right direction. You might be surprised where you end up!"

This feature aims to help users browse through ideas pinned by other users, provided that they are related. For instance, typing a keyword such as "BBQ" into the search bar will no longer retrieve just a set of images tagged with "BBQ," but also various other options such as BBQ chicken, BBQ ideas, BBQ party, and others such. Once you select one of those items, your BBQ search will get refined even further, allowing for more guided search.

"Along with the visual guides, you'll notice that the search bar is now front and center for speedier finds. We also made it easier to filter your search by Pins, boards or other Pinners who you might be looking for," Pinterest further explained.

The growing Pinterest community currently enjoys more than 750 million boards and 30 billion pins, and it's constantly expanding. With such an impressive trove of pins and boards, it's no big surprise that it was getting quite difficult for users to find exactly what they were looking for without some sort of refined, specified search.

With the Guided Search feature now expanding to the desktop, Pinterest hopes that more users will be able to find exactly what they're looking for, as well as go on a journey and explore other parts of the social network.

Guided Search for desktop users will roll out in English immediately, and Pinterest said the feature will soon become available in other languages as well. In the meantime, check out the video below to see how this feature works its magic.

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