So What Can I Pin On Pinterest? In Simple Terms.

5 years ago

So everyone has been writing and talking and yabadydabbing about Pinterest's new Terms of Use, and I've read and read articles, posts, and the Terms of Use itself, but hadn't understood a thing. I thought maybe others out there couldn't either, so I asked questions, and am writing a post today with the answers.                                                                                                                            

 When I first heard of Pinterest, and what it was for, it sounded completely harmless and amazing. The neat freak in me said "FINALLY! A website created for all those amazing photos/meme's/images that I love, do not use as my own, but instead save in various folders on my laptop for a laugh or inspiration later. Nevermore will I spend tedious moments organizing those images into folders! Now they will be online easy to access. Nevermore will there be way too many bookmarks to count on my bookmarks page!"  So I signed up. It was a dream come true. It was amazing. 

 But then it was ruined. Cloudy, murky, oily, stuff started to appear in my wonderful dream. It began to choke and spread its evil restraining hands and my dream come true was gone. Yes. It was too good to be true anyways. The terms of use changed, and I can no longer safely pin things onto my boards. I can no longer keep them in orderly little places. It's gone. Ruined. 

 I understand in part. Many people don't want their images all over the internet with no link back to them, or worse, being used as someone else's. I understand. I wouldn't like that either. Not a bit. But now, even if I do link back to them, it's not ok. Even if I don't use their work as mine, even if I simply appreciate it and display it in a nice little board, it's not ok. Why? Because it's a risk. I risk having someone with a copyright for their images calling a lawyer and saying,  

"Larissa's has my photo/image/meme/idea on her board."

"Did she link back to you and give you credit?" 


 "So she's actually promoting your business/blog isn't she?"


"So what's the problem?"

"I still want to sue her." 

 Would this happen? I don't know. But in this crazy crazy world, I wouldn't be surprised.  

 What could also happen, is that somebody else repins from my board, but changes the link. Uh-oh. And guess what, it'd be my fault.  

So what can I pin?  

  • My stuff. My photos/images/memes/ideas. Mine only!
  • Or someone else's whom I've asked permission from. Sounds decent right? But this will definitely decrease my pins. I probably won't be asking permission for every image I would have pinned had asking not been required. Why? Because unless it's really really super stellar, I won't be waiting around for five months to get an answer. So unless I know you'll answer soon, or the pin is truly awesome, I probably won't pin it. 
  • I can pin things from blog posts/ sites that have a PIN THIS button. If they're asking me to pin it, and I love their product/image/whatever I will. Having a pin it button on your site/blog/blogpost, is basically a green light for all pinners to pin your work. 
  • Nothing else. That's it. Either it's mine, or I have permission to pin it. That's all, no more no less.  

 I'm still unsure about my opinion on this. If people were pinning my images, (a few are on there and have been repinned), as long as they're linked back to me I'm super fine with it! In fact, I'll love it. That way Papa is a Preacher gets more traffic directly to the posts of interest helping me tune in to what's more popular. Great. And to prevent link changes and what not, I'll simply begin to watermark my photos. The end. Wouldn't that work for everyone? 

 I suppose that's just me. Photography isn't my livelihood. I'm not that territorial with them. I suppose that's the difference. And I understand that. I'm just sad. That's all.

 I have a total of 18 boards, and 1315 pins, and I'm going to go through them all. Deleting them, bookmarking a few, etc. and then I will leave Pinterest up only for pinning my work. Less for enjoyment, more for networking Papa is a Preacher. Because I'm tired. Tired of all this noise and threats of lawsuits. So today, I won't blog anymore. I'll be busy gleaning 1315 pins. 

What are your thoughts towards Pinterest's? Have you ever joined? Has it become "just another networking site"? Are you making changes?

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