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.
What do you think about it?
I joined last week. I can see it being a great way to get more traffic/backlinks, especially if you have photos on your hubs that are interesting and unique, therefore causing them to go viral!
I just joined Pinterest yesterday, after my daughter invited me. She's been on there for months, and loves it, and she finally talked me into joining, lol...
I'm just scratching the surface of it, but I have to admit, I'm liking what I'm seeing--a LOT...
And I love the "Pin It" button...so handy for bookmarking sites!
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 seen images from one of my sites on pinterest but I know very little about it. It sound like something I would look into if it's audience is growing.
From what I've read, you are not supposed to promote your own stuff,but others.
will it help?
OMG I love Pinterest.
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 agree! Those unique and fun pictures really can be repinned many times and are fun.
For my morning laugh, I go to the humor category - it's amazing!
I like it. Am finding objects of interest - home decor etc. and lots of beautiful images all over the place. Great way to keep it together!
I was just invited but have not used it yet. It is one of the choices given on Squidoo to share with your friends. I will give it a look and see how much it helps soon.
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.
I had never heard of this before I read GinnyLee's post. Oh, I could see a great use with the Zazzle storefront - this is too much fun! A virtual scrapbook with no scissors required!
Well, I've just given pinterest my regards. Now I just gotta figure out who I'm going to pin first.
I can't join it. My roommates all have accounts, but I avoid it like the plague. The last thing I need right now is something else to feed my internet addiction.
A general fyi
Everything you would ever want to know about pinterest!
There are no flies on hubbers.
I'm suspecting that this is a must-read hub for all pinterest users.
No. I have seen it on my Squidoo lenses and just give it a strange look.
I hope someone will Hub about it.
I joined, then got all tangled up wondering which photos it was OK to "pin".
Is this going to be another site where photos are published and copied without proper copyright info?
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.
Not only that, but Pinterest's TOS says:
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.
Greekgeek, thanks for that! I had never thought about the copyright issue before, and it is scary that pinterest takes over the rights to photos you've posted. Yikes!
You have definitely given me pause for thought...
We all know what we think of article theft sites...
Sounds like Pinterest will turn into another Photobucket - a source where people steal photos without realizing they're stealing.
Plus, people will post their own photos without realizing they're giving them away.
It may look like fun but I won't support any site that steals photographers' copyright material. I know how much I hate it when people steal my copyright writing!
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'm enjoying it although I don't have the time I would like to devote to it, but it is an interesting concept and good experience for anyone who is looking to move into content curation.
Well, yours truly just did their first 3 pins. Public domain NASA and other .gov pics, so no problem there.
And btw, Pinterest went and made about 18 posts on my FB page, including some other Hubbers Hubs.
I'm fine with it and left them there, but I turned that feature off for the time being while I mull things over.
I absolutely adore Pinterest!
I'm actually on it right now!
I just Pinned something and within two minutes it had been re-pinned forty times!
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.
I must say, I'm getting re-pins all over the place! All that work finding good .gov pics over the last 2 years is finally paying off!
I use Pinterest and love it. I'm a highly visual person, so having a place to see my ideas and inspirations in one place is very appealing.
I WANT to try it, but can't seem to get the invitation I need. I requested an invite, but nothing. They're not Pinterested in me, I guess.
I think I've just figured out how to do an invite. Send me an email and I will try it.
I plugged your address into the appropriate pinterest screen. It has just informed me that the invite is now sent. May the force be with you.
I just got an invite and also a note from one of my friend that not to link to same site too many times. I signed up and now the account page is taking ages to render on chrome.
I love pinterest instead of bookmarking I can now just pin it! Its Great!
Anybody got any photo hubs they would like me to post on Pinterest? No boob shots, please.
Well, I wouldn't mind a stickman up there. Had a look earlier but couldn't be bothered to set up a log in.
Can't think what I could offer in return.
How about heartfelt thanks and no money?
I considered the dog-collar one, but the pics were too small. Surely you've got something...
I can't post a link!
Stickman ideas hub - can I say that?
Or do you just want a pic here?
I'm not to sure...
The way it works is that the one pic I post will provide a backlink to your hub and all the other pics.
Also, unlike most hubs here, these are your actual pics. Once pinterest gets a hold of them, I am reasonably certain that they are copyright gone forever, leastwise the one I post will be.
I don't think one cartoon post on my part will perturb pinterest too much...
Shall I proceed?
Well, make sure you give them a really rubbish one.
Seriously, if they can make money out of one of my pics then I'm a Dutchman.
Tell you what. What I want to say is to post the pic here you want me to use. And post the caption you want me to put under it. However, I don't want you to be Cagsilled.
Hmmm. You have slideshow on. So, you can just tell me the pic number.
As to the caption, you can email me or post it here; your call. Or temporarily put it on your profile page?
The Mona Lisa - Stick Style
Something like that? Can't think of a joke. They'll love it.
I'll put that and your hub title. I can edit it later, if you wish. Stay tuned.
Bear in mind, Pinterest takes ownership of any images you pin, so you might not want to pin someone's photo Hub if they want to keep their photos...
Actually, neither I nor anyone else can just give away someone else's property...
As to photo hubs, it's only one pic that's posted anyway. And already public domain at that.
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.
I'm guessing you are not a fan of Pinterest.
My hubs are all .gov pics, so no problem.
The not-me pics I used to round things out are also mostly .gov, press handouts, or other public domain, etc
Here's a good one.
Another tough day at the office. ~ connect.state.gov
Ya got me to research them some more.
I've invested all the time with them I intend to for the time being. Now it's just wait and see for me.
My sister in law uses it for all her photos. She's a photographer and she loves it.
Busily burying all my pics in keywords... So far, zero indexing, but it's only been a day or two.
Well, I've now got 3 boards with 27 entries. A nice mix of me and not me. Time to just sit back and see if anything interesting happens...
I must say..., the repins keep rolling in. I can't wait until it all gets indexed.
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by Cameron Conner 8 years ago
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by Tony Caro 5 years ago
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