Read Part 1 & 2 HERE and HERE
Pinterest has practically exploded the in the past few months, everyone is talking about it, blogging about it and using it. It's the next best thing to fried cheese!
In the previous two parts of our series we covered some of the basics of Pinterest, such as how to pin, what to pin, with a little dash of self-promotion thrown in. Now we want to discuss some possible controversies and ins & outs.
The Privacy Issue
Indeed, privacy is a big deal. Once you load an image onto your blog or onto Facebook you've pretty much launched it into outerspace for millions of people to view. When you PIN an image you are actually sending that image to Pinterest's servers. So even if you delete your image in the future, Pinterest still has your image to do with what they like. Think about what you pin if it is questionable, such as images of your children or where you live.
The Ownership Issue
Recently, I've noticed a big surge of images that don't link back to their original source. That can be frustrating for those of us who like to find out more about an image or read the tutorial that is supposed to accompany it - and can be even more frustrating for the owner of that image. Can you imagine having a photo you took go viral on Pinterest and not link back to your site? You would not get the traffic for one thing (and we all want traffic), but you also wouldn't receive the credit you deserve!
At the moment Pinterest is completely PUBLIC. Which means anyone, anywhere can look at your pins. If you don't care about this then it's not a problem. If it concerns you, then you might want to consider other image sharing sites with higher privacy options (listed below). Just remember to only pin what you are comfortable with sharing!
Pinterest Etiquette Stopping problems before they start: some bloggers have mentioned that they find their photos on other sites and it only says Inspired by Pinterest and the link goes to Pinterest and then their site. Make sure and find out where the pin came from and leave proper credit (avoid laziness in that department...it only takes a few clicks!)
Regarding ownership, this is a reminder to watermark (see below) your personal images with your website or blog's name - so anyone viewing that image can see the source. You could also add a copyright symbol.
Think about it before you PIN it. Go to the source. If you are getting ready to pin something, do the right thing and make sure you pin it from its original source. If you can get to its origin then don't pin it.
Did you know you can LIKE an image on Pinterest instead of PINNING it?
If an image has already been pinned but you're not sure where it came from and you just want to save it for your own use, you can click the LIKE button (next to Pin It). That way you won't be pinning something without the source attached.
Did you know there are other sites just like Pinterest? Some of these sites are perfect for those of us who would prefer a higher degree of privacy or security, but still enjoy great style and organization.
A few of these sites include:
|all clips default to private|
|for the manly pinner|
|offers completely private boards|
and finally a new favorite of mine is:
|no invitation necessary, privacy available, color indexing (cool!), and exportable to an Excel spreadsheet!|
There are hundreds - just a few here:
|This option is just $20, looks simple and you can watermark multiple images at once!|
If you have Photoshop:
B) Online - no download necessary
LOVE! I tried this and loved it. Simple. Easy to use. Upload almost any size photo/image. You can drag the text or image watermark wherever you like on the photo and fade in and out. FREE!
LIKE! Also easy to use. Has a few more features, but you can only upload images under 500KB. Has a batch uploading feature too (have not tried yet). More font options.
C) From Your Phone
Watermark Me - Cost $1.99 on iTunes
Turns your image into a watermark
iWatermark - Download FREE or .99 for Android
Photomarkr - Cost $2.99 on iTunes
PINTEREST IS GROWING!
From Yahoo! News:
According to a recent study conducted by Sharaholic, Pinterest drove more referral traffic to sites in January than Google+, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn and MySpace all combined. In addition, it’s threatening to unseat Twitter, Google news, Google images, Gmail and Stumble Upon in the coming months to slide into the number two spot behind Facebook. Since July 2011, referral traffic from Pinterest has grown from 0.17 percent to 3.6 percent in January 2012. While Facebook holds the top spot at over 25 percent of all referral traffic, the rate of growth from Pinterest is astounding for a social network that’s so young.
It's only going to get bigger...right? Some of us find it much more entertaining than Facebook!
A Little Bit of Controversy
If you post a pin to Pinterest, and it links to an e-commerce site that happens to have an affiliate program, Pinterest modifies the link to add their own affiliate tracking code, which is really smart and how do they make money otherwise?
If someone clicks through the image from Pinterest and makes a purchase, Pinterest gets paid. They don’t have any disclosure of this link modification issue on their site. What do you think about this undisclosed information? The point is that we've come to expect honesty and frankness from Pinterest haven't we? If they'd just mentioned it somewhere in the small print that they would modify user submitted pins, then it would be no big deal.
"I did another test in which I modified the URL of my original pin with an affiliate link. I was pleased to discover that the affiliate link I had placed was not overwritten by SkimLinks when I clicked on the pin and was transferred to the merchant site." - Joel Garcia
Read more about the Pinterest, Skimlinks, and affiliate codes HERE and HERE.
We'd love to keep discussing the Pinterest bandwagon...what are your thoughts, concerns, and hopes for Pinterest and pinning? Share these in the comments below.
Coming next time in our Growing Your Blog on Pinterest Series:
- Life in the "Board" Room
- More Pinterest buttons
Read Part 1 & 2 HERE and HERE