The other day, I decided to bite the bullet.
I’ve complained for a while about people who pin/repin bad links on pinterest.
The kind that link to a home page rather than a specific post.
Or to a google search.
Or to nothing at all.
I first noticed it with the food pins. People would circulate these pins with pictures of scrumptious looking food, then when I clicked on it for the recipe….
Which is very annoying.
But there have been several articles circulating recently showing how it’s also unethical.
In fact, now it’s not uncommon for people to use pinterest photos on their own blogs without crediting the original source, as though they made whatever the pin was talking about them themselves.
They can do this because people repin and repin without checking the original source link.
I’ve found a lot of my pins just went to google.
That pretty family portrait? Someone shot it.
That yummy dessert? Someone developed it.
That neat subway art of your favorite quote? Someone created it.
And it wasn’t Google.
I’m as bad as anyone. I upload nail designs I’ve done straight from my phone. I don’t watermark my pics when I post them. It’s not because I don’t care – I’m just too lazy to figure out the watermarking part of my photo software, now that picnik is going away. But I’m going to start being better about it, because everyone deserves credit for their work.
Over the weekend, since SoldierMan is playing Army, I spent some time going through a few of my boards and deleting all the pins I had that didn’t link to the original source, or have a watermark crediting the creator. Not just the original home page, but the original post for that pic.
(By the way, I hate tumblr.)
I think my Harry Potter board shrank by 2/3. No joke. I was shocked.
And there’s still more to go.
Now, some things can’t be helped. I mean, there’s no way to know who started that “What I actually do” meme, right? We’re not Nazis here.
Now, deleting pins from my boards won’t remove them from the pinterest servers.
But it does mean that I won’t be the one circulating bad pins.
It’s as much as I can do, so that’s what I’ll do.
So I’m asking you to take a few minutes from your normal pinterest time (don’t give me that look, you know what I’m talking about) and go through some of your old pins and double-check to make sure they’re giving credit to the right people.
Delete a pin if it just goes to a generic home page (like meandmysoldierman.com) rather than a specific post.
Delete a pin if it goes to a search.
Delete a pin that goes to a tumblr, weheartit, or any of those other semi-pinterest-like sites that allow people to collect images without linking for credit.
If you make something and put it on your blog, pin it yourself. That way you know there’s at least one pin out there giving you the proper credit for it.
And for goodness’ sake, do not repin a pin without checking the link first. This is the cause of the problem, after all.
I’ve already said, I was as bad about doing this as anyone when I first got joined, so I’m pointing at me as well. But if we all just take a little bit of time to be proactive, we can clean up pinterest and protect people’s property.
And, if you feel like being a Good Samaritan and spreading the Pinterest Purge encouragement, feel free to use the image for your blog and the hashtag for your tweets.