I kind of don't want you on Pinterest

5 years ago

How do I say this...I don't really trust you. Pinterest is a place to share things with my friends. You know, people. Humans. Other (mostly) women who like to see pretty photos of things we might make, cook, or try with our kids one day.

And you are a business. Sure, you're possibly a small business. Maybe even owned by a woman, even a woman I know.

But I'm just not comfortable with you being here. When I got the email that Company Selling Something was following me on Pinterest, it felt eerie. Like Big Brother had climbed into my cookbook on my shelf in my kitchen. Or a car dealership set up a billboard on the place where I keep my unrealistic dreams. Sure, it was OK that someone from high school I barely talked to can see my pins, but a company?

You say you'll pin things and I'll see them? What you mean is that someone in your marketing department will pin things that they hope I'll see.

I guess that's what makes me a little worried. Pinterest is a place I pin a lot of things that will help me avoid consumerism. To find marketing edging its way in makes me sad. I don't want it to be another place trying to convince me that I need to buy more, when I wanted to be inspired to create.

So no, Company X, I'm sorry I won't be following you back.

How do you feel about companies being on Pinterest?

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