Now, this might sound like I’m on the anti-Pintrest bandwagon, that is totally not true! I love the idea of pintrest! I love how it can take thing and spread them in a viral type fashion to a much broader audience. I love being able to collect pins on my own boards and do a little day dreaming, get new ideas or find some motivation. I love the implied compliment when people pin my stuff. I just wish that Pintrest would have repins go right to the original source just like the original pin (ETA: after posting I found out that this change has been put into action! SCORE!) and that to see uber big pic they had to go to the original source rather than the image Pintrest saves on their servers of your stuff. Their first change is a step in the right direction though so I am giving them the benefit of the doubt that they want to do the right thing.
Ok, now that my soapbox portion of this post is done, I was checking what had been pinned from my blogs and I got to thinking, until Pintrest makes the changes that people like me would like to see, what can WE do as an ethical, supportive and creative community of artists, consumers and general lovers of sharing?
First, if you don’t know how to see what’s been pinned form your blog go log in to Pintrest, then put this URL in http://www.pintrest.com/source/YOURBLOGURL/ , no http or www. For example mine for this blog is http://www.pintrest.com/source/theoddgirl.com/ You can see everything pinned from your blog this way.
So, how can we be more supportive of the places we love?
First, always pin from the original source. I’m guilty of just repinning too but when you think about it, you pin to be able to go back later and see whatever it was that inspired you so if you just repin your links will always just go back to another pin. Why not just take the couple seconds to get to the source and pin? Its a compliment to them and will make your pins more effective for you.
Second, if you are pinning from a blog or a site that you can narrow it down to a specific page like a post or product page DO IT. Sure you can grab the image when you pin from the home page amongst all the other pictures available but why would you want to? The 1 thing you want to pin is what inspired you, so get as specific as possible and give yourself and the source the most bang for your pin. You’ll be able to find that specific post/product later and for the source it will get passed around more effectively. I hate forgetting to do this then trying to go back and all I’ve pinned is the homepage. Its like having to rediscover a buried treasure without a map.
Third, everyone has the right to decide if they would like their stuff to be pinned or not. Pintrest has a small code that you can insert to your blog or site to prevent pinning. That said, if someone has done that, RESPECT IT. Don’t take a screen shot and upload the pin yourself. You can always bookmark the page. You would like your choice respected wouldn’t you?
And last, if you are pinning a product when you add a description of the product (to help people find your pin, just as you would a tag or keyword) add the price after the description with the $ sign. (ie: $19.99) Pinterest will place the price in the upper left corner of the image. Pinterest will also place all priced products on the gift tab on the top of their homepage. This does a couple of things, if you like a product and want it on your Wishlist board (I for one love that idea!), putting that will let others know its something that they could buy too. You might be introducing someone to a store or shop they had never heard of. Its so helpful especially for small businesses and handmade shop owners. We typically have little to no marketing budget so if you are going to pin it anyway just doing that one thing can be so supportive! Not only that but next time you are going over that wishlist, how easy would it be to decide what you want with the prices already there? 🙂
Doing these things not only benefits the source you are pinning from but makes your pins better and more informative to you. I would really hear what you think on ways we can use Pintrest better and be a more supportive community! Share your thoughts in the comments below!