So, all my friends and loved ones know that I’m currently on a bit of a Pinterest kick.
I fell in love with Pinterest the moment I saw it; your own personal cork board, so to speak, where you pin the best of the enormous and oft undiscovered web. I have found recipes I want to try, things I want to find out more about, and stuff I want to try and make, among other things. I have gone there to discover, and to be inspired, and to be amazed. It’s all kinds of wonderful.
But as I hurtled along my pinteresting (ahem) path, I discovered some websites that are, quite frankly, not welcoming to Pinterest users. After feeling a little hurt by this initially, I did a little digging to discover as to why this might be the case. Surely – SURELY – Pinterest can only be good for a site, or for a business or for a blog. Right?
While it’s true that Pinterest does quite possibly increase site views and has quite possibly been good for business in the long run (for companies that have learned to work with it), for some small-time artists and sellers, the question of credit for their work is far more important to them than site views and statistics. People can be highly contemptuous of the fact that they need to credit someone for their work by referring back to their website or mentioning them by name; in fact, in order to test this theory I created a card at Someecards and posted it to my boards along with my name and the source of the card (I linked back to my Pinterest boards after the word SOURCE). Within seconds of my posting my card it had been noticed and repinned, but the person who pinned it to their boards had carefully edited out everything that had anything to do with me and had instead used the words ‘Haha’ as a caption. I left a comment asking her to quote me as her source; three days later, this request has been ignored. Several other people repinned the pin; seven, to be exact; of those, only two retained the source as I had entered it. Everyone else substituted their own words for mine. Some of their captions were: “Haha”, “Lmao, laughing so hard”, and “Very true”.
As a creative type who doesn’t like to have her work stolen, I understand where people who blocked Pinterest are coming from. It’s not the service itself that is the problem, but rather, as with most everything else, the people who use it. The only solution to this that I can see is if Pinterest makes it mandatory for people to quote their sources or risk having their accounts deleted; while I would enforce that if I ran Pinterest, I suspect it might be a bit of a bullying tactic that won’t work for the site in the long run.
What are your thoughts?