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Pinterest one good reason to think twice about using it

Updated on February 26, 2012

What is Pinterest?

This article is not about explaining what Pinterest is about though obviously the more you know about it the more this will make sense. Basically Pinterest is a site that allows you to post photos and pictures that contain a link taking the viewer back to the original photos. Many people use this as a means to drive traffic to sites such as your hub pages. A more in depth hub explaining more about Pinterest can be found here.

Sounds good so whats the catch?

So far it all sounds good so what exactly is the catch?

Well remember the good old advice to always read the terms and conditions? Pinterest is one where you should have checked through and read it. Admittedly few people do so these days particularly with internet site terms and conditions.

By agreeing to the terms and conditions of Pinterest you are agreeing to let them use your images and other member content however they want without ever paying you a cent ever. Whilst you still retain the rights to use the images you have effectively gone into a binding lifelong agreement (or even longer) allowing them to use, manipulate sell, licence your member content without ever reimbursing you.

Check it out yourself in Pinterest's terms and conditions here you will find it in the first paragraph of the Member Content section.

Were you aware of this clause in Pinterest's terms and conditions?

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So whilst being an up and coming social network Pinterest is not without its drawbacks, potentially one of your imagines could go viral and you could earn not a dime from it. You will have to weigh up if this risk is worth the traffic it potentially drives to your hubs or other web pages.

The second point is and is one always worth remembering is that it is always worth reading through terms and conditions thoroughly to at least give you the chance to spot little clauses like this. It may be long and boring to do but it may just pay off in the long run.


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    • Arioch profile image

      Gordon D Easingwood 6 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      Thanks for the comments it one of those important bits of small print so easily overlooked.

    • Tony the writer profile image

      Tony the writer 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      A good bit of advice Arioch. Thanks for pointing it out.