Pinterest, the virtual pinboard vortex that many of us have been sucked into (guilty, see picture above) has been around for a few years but is fast becoming not just a cool way to share images, sites, links, ideas, recipes and trends but an excellent resource for referrals, site promotion, classroom education, inspiration and collaboration.
The growth in Pinterest traffic has resulted in a corresponding increase in 'growing pains' - copyright & trademark issues, changes to Pinterest Etiquette. Pinterest has followed through with updates to their Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy and I've no doubt more changes and updates will be forthcoming.
I'm no Pinterest expert but it's safe to say I'm an experienced Pinterest black hole explorer and I've followed the Pinterest surge with interest. My tip ... set your alarm :)
Pinterest Etiquette involves pinning from the original source. As a scrapbooker I acknowledge the importance of crediting your sources and in turn being credited for your own creativity. This is highly relevant on Pinterest
- Re-pinning is great but when you pin or re-pin directly from Google or Tumblr, images are not always linked to the original source.
- When you re-pin from others check the link to ensure that the person you've re-pinned from has sourced correctly. If not then find the original project and pin it yourself; yes this requires more work but you're acknowledging the time, effort and love a creator has put into a project or idea.
- When pinning from blogs or websites pin from the actual post ... not the home page. It defeats the purpose of pinning if you have to search through hundreds of pages to find instructions or a recipe that is no longer on the homepage.
For Love & Books has a really informative post about making Pinterest work for your blog; great ideas that hadn't occurred to me ~ check it out here.
Mandy @ The Literary Life of the Well Read Wife has created a Directory of Book Bloggers on Pinterest for those who want to share their love of books easily and there's also a terrific post on using Pinterest to your blog/site's advantage; well worth checking out.
So ... any Pinterest ideas you'd like to share??
You can find me on Pinterest here ~ feel free to add me or email if you'd like an invite to see what all the fuss is about.
and of course HAPPY PINNING :)