Please Don’t Suck the Fun out of Pinterest!

Posted on: 03/23/12, 8:47am

Copyright Issues. Legal Debacles. Ownership Debates.
Please, I’m just trying to pin.

This recent article: How to Protect Yourself on Pinterest [via Mashable] really peaked my interest. And made me a little bit angry.

Will we start seeing “You are allowed to pin this content” and “Do not pin this content” disclaimers on websites? I doubt the brands that are seeing enormous spikes in referral traffic will want to lose any of it due to these issues. As long as the pin directs back to the original source/website that should serve as “citing your source.”

Let’s Simply Set Some Rules & Best Practices:

1. Do not post anything with a watermark without permission

2. Do not claim anything is your own, unless you actually own it in it’s entirety

3. Pin from the original source (i.e. If you see a picture on tumblr, click to the original source before pinning)

4. If someone asks you to take your pin down because they own it, follow suit

5. If you really don’t want people to pin your content, post a disclaimer on your site (like photographers do on flickr)

6. Repins, Likes and Comments are secondary forms of engagement. Use them, but don’t abuse them.

7. Keep Calm and Pin On

…are we missing any rules? If so, tweet them to us @SocialLightUp!

Subscribe To Our Blog

Enter your email address to subscribe to our blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Recent Posts

How marketers can use Facebook Groups to foster brand loyalty.

Facebook is doubling down on its commitment to a closer, more connected world. From Zuckerberg’s 5,000-word manifesto in February to his updated vision for the platform, the social giant is set on bringing people together. […]

How Amazon could force Facebook’s hand in eCommerce.

This article was previously published at Social Media Today. Jeff Bezos and Amazon are drawing attention with recent rumors about launching a personal messaging app. The app, reportedly called ‘Anytime’, would link users through one-to-one messaging. Additionally, […]

How Instagram’s API announcement is a win for marketers.

Instagram expanded its API to approved third parties, allowing for more data and insight to be pulled from the platform than ever before. There was an audible cheer from social strategist Gina Vo when the […]

Status Update: Q2 Social Media Trends

Social media is in a perpetual state of rapid evolution. Updates and new features are constantly reshaping how users engage across platforms, and the day-to-day headlines are a barrage of buzzwords and tag lines. How is one supposed to […]