Pin Etiquette on PinterestFebruary 3, 2012 • By Natalie Wright
Tired of half naked people floating around on Pinterest?
If it’s James Marsden, maybe not.
You don’t have to put up with profanity or nudity, you just need to report it.
Here’s the rules when it comes to Pinterest, according to the Pin Etiquette article found on Pinterest here.*
1. Be nice. Pinterest is a community of people. Individual taste is personal, but be respectful in your comments and conversations.
I once had someone pin the chicken coop my husband and I built, and they called it a dog house. I am embarrassed to admit I was offended! Then on second look… yup. It kind of does look like a dog house.
2. Credit your sources. Pins are the most useful when they have links back to the original source. If you notice that a pin is not sourced correctly, leave a comment so the original pinner can update the source. Finding the original source is always preferable to a secondary source such as Google Image Search or a blog entry.
Even though the picture often takes you back to the source, it’s always nice to say where it came from in your description.
I always try to also include if the pin is a true DIY project or not. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is thinking I am going to a tutorial, and ending up at an Etsy store.
3. Avoid Self Promotion. Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion.
Don’t ya just love it when people only pin their own stuff?
I must admit pinning this pin above and including the self love just felt weird! I deleted it as soon as I took this picture. According to Pinterest, it’s okay to pin a great idea you made yourself. Chances are though, if you have friends that follow your blog, they will do it for you.
What do you guys think about pinning family and friends? I do it all the time. I even pinned a cool wood box that my husband made and sold in his Etsy shop. I made sure I put in the description it was an item for sale, but I didn’t feel bad at all showing my pride in his work.
4. Report Objectionable Content.
Sorry James Marsen.
I would like to feel comfortable surfing Pinterest while sitting with my kids next to me on my couch. As of right now, I’m not going to do it. You just never know what you might scroll into on the main page. I’m not even talking nudity either. The pins all about weight loss and body image are something I don’t feel comfortable with my teen viewing over my shoulder. Motivation is good, super skinny girls promoting extreme weight loss is not. What do you think?
5. Let Pinterest know how to make it better. Let them know what’s working, what’s not.
Ummm, an iPad app maybe? How about rethinking Windows 7 and Android?
I find it hard to believe that Pinterest hasn’t heard our cries for better applications. If you want to try anyway, here’s the best way to contact Pinterest:
*Pinterest disclaimer: The guidelines above are based on collective input from people using Pinterest, and compiled by the people working at Pinterest. These are suggestions to help keep the Pinterest community positive and to ensure that every pin is useful to other people.
Happy pinning everyone!
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