I love this site. It is a visual bookmarking tool, and is a great way to store links, pictures, etc in folders. I find it extremely addictive! I use it to keep all of my favorite recipes organized and as an idea book for knitting and crochet.
It even has an iPhone app so you can pin-on-the-go.
It's pretty darn addictive! I've only been a member for a couple weeks but I've been using it to find new recipes to try and have already found several new family favorites. I love all the beautiful photography, too.
I've had a few articles pinned and I see a temporary jump in traffic - it usually doesn't last for a long time, but the short term jump is helpful. Especially if you have an attractive photo on your hub - people often re-pin by the look of the photo, particularly for cool craft ideas, etc.
I have been wondering the same thing as I recently joined. It is fun 'pinning' stuff and re-pinning has been fun, I love some of the funny stuff I have seen so far. I am hoping it will be good for both light marketing for my zazzle store as well as a way to just have some fun and share the amazing stuff out there.
Don't tempt me! I love the idea of pinterest, but I know I would never, ever get off the computer if I joined. I spend so little of my time away from the web anyway.... Any more time and my fingers are going to fuse to the keys!
Officially, Pinterest's TOS say that you're not supposed to pin copyrighted photos.
Actually, most members do. This is a problem because unlike Google-- which doesn't store the images it shows as thumbnails -- Pinterest makes a permanent, full-sized copy of the image file which remains on Pinterest even if the original image and page are taken down. So the copyright holder loses control of their work if someone pins it. And the copied photo may compete with the original in search results.
Notice that Pinterest claims the right to SELL content or sublicense it.
Pinterest also provides handy HTML embed codes so that anyone on the web can grab and embed an image found on Pinterest on their money-earning blog or website. So far, not many people are exploiting Pinterest as a source of "free" (and usually illegal) images, but the capability is there.
Pinterest is an especial problem for Creative Commons photos. It violates the terms of the Creative Commons license by giving credit and a link back to the HUB, not to the actual photographer and source of the photo. If Pinterest really catches on, it may discourage Creative Commons photographers and artists -- why offer your stuff in exchange for a a credit and SEO-boosting backlink if people are going to give your images away without credit or link?
I can see sharing your own stuff on Pinterest, but I'm really uneasy about how the site seems to encourage copyright violations of a kind that really can harm the original artist or photographer by competing directly with them.
Marisa, that's an interesting thought. The site works by linking website by images rather than by text links... sort of like a "google images" search, but sorted and categorized by members who find and post links they find interesting.
I'm not sure if there is a difference, but the photos aren't "published" so much as posted (and if you click on the photo, it simply takes you to the website)...
I use pinterest and like it - I think you have to be careful about using your own photos - don't post something you don't want to give away - I do that everywhere on the net, it just makes sense. Because I don't really think copyrights mean much online, they can be changed and used by anyone. I think net users just have to know this and act accordingly. I have run across places where they won't allow you to pin things and its locked. That's a good idea, locking your images. But since the internet was created in order to share stuff, I think you just have to choose carefully what you share and once its out there, consider it usable because it will be used! That's the beauty of the internet - millions can see your stuff. I like pinterest's organization and how easy it is to browse through friends images - find new things etc. Its great for what it is.
Well, you may not be able to in theory, but you can in practice. Lots of people do it on Photobucket - they add someone's image to their collection, which immediately strips it of all copyright information, so the next person who sees it thinks it's public domain and is free to use. Pinterest sounds like it is doing the same thing.
The photos I post on HubPages are not public domain, they're licensed under Creative Commons, which means they shouldn't be reproduced without crediting the photographer.
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