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Modern Etiquette: Pinning politely on Pinterest

Mon, 2nd Jul 2012 13:19

By Anna Post

BURLINGTON, Vermont, July 2 (Reuters) - Pinterest is

rrently the newest cool kid on the Internet block, and with so

many pinners pinning away (aka users sharing images), there's

good reason to review best practices.

Pinterest sets the stage for good use well by sharing

pinning etiquette in its welcome email, and it keeps pinning

etiquette easy for users to find on its site.

Still, whether you're there for fun or for your company,

it's a good idea to keep Pinterest's guidelines, as well as a

few other points of emerging etiquette, in mind when pinning.

1. Be respectful. Pinterest is about sharing inspiration and

creativity, so keep comments positive. If you don't like

something, simply refrain from repinning or liking it, or stop

following the board or pinner who shared it. Instead, stick with

what you do like about a pin, 'Love the use of color!'

2. Give credit where credit is due, be it an author, company,

designer, photographer or anyone else involved an image's

creation. If a site has a 'pin it' button it's a clear sign they

welcome you to use their images; even so, add crediting

information, especially any that the site pre-feeds into the pin

description. If a site has blocked visitors from pinning its

images, respect that decision and refrain, even if you see a way

to obtain the image another way.

3. When pinning, take the time to click through to verify the

original link. Regrettably, some pinners will misdirect users

for their own purposes. If a pin links to an unrelated site,

skip the pin and scroll on.

4. Add a comment or description to your pin so that others will

be able to search for it (take a moment to proofread, too!)

Pinterest is about sharing not just what inspires you, but why

you're inspired by it. Though tempting to share full

instructions for a recipe or DIY project you're excited about in

your comment, write a short description instead, and let others

who are interested find out the details through the link. Never

copy and paste entire posts or articles from someone's blog or

site to share as your description.

5. Don't pin from search engine results; pins from general

image searches don't allow other pinners to find out the link or

page from which the image came. If you find an image through a

Google Image search for example, click through to the link and

pin from there, including any source information you find. Pins

from other image sharing sites like Tumblr can be tricky to

source what with so many people reblogging from each other. Keep

clicking back through the posts to find the original post.

6. While it's not exactly etiquette, it's helpful to other

pinners to categorize your pins correctly. A picture of a cute

kitten isn't fashion or home decor!

7. For the sake of the entire Pinterest community, report

inappropriate pins.

8. If you find a pinner you really like, feel free to repin.

While there is no exact cap on the number of repins you can make

from someone else, stop short of culling their entire

collection. Follow the golden rule and only repin as much as you

would be comfortable having repined from you.

9. You don't have to follow everyone who follows you, but it's

worth at least checking out their boards to see if you might

want to return the favor and follow them in return. It's not

rude to pick and choose among boards from a pinner you want to

follow. It's also okay to stop following a board or pinner at

any time-this is your space to feel comfortable in.

10. Lastly, don't forget to come up for air! New pinners (and

even a few seasoned ones) are notorious for getting obsessed

with all the new creative discoveries Pinterest opens up. The

beauty of the site is there will always be more to look at, so

set a daily limit, then log off and get inspired by the people

in your life, too.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)


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