You know what Pinterest is, right?
If your answer is yes, let’s follow each other! Leave your unique Pinterest URL in the comments. Mine is http://pinterest.com/janemaynard/ Let’s all be Pinterest buddies!
If your answer is no, Pinterest is essentially a visual bookmark tool, like having a cork pinboard on the web. AND you can look at other people’s pinboards.
I must admit, I love Pinterest. And not just because it drives an insane amount of traffic to my site (which it does). Blogging and non-blogging friends of mine are all using Pinterest regularly and are acting on the content they discover through the site. It’s really great!
As much as I love and appreciate Pinterest, there has been a lot of buzz lately over some of the not-so-fabulous aspects of Pinterest, like credit not given for original content and straight-up copyright violation. If you want to read more about the issues, these blog posts here and here are a fantastic place to start. Bottom line – the kinks have not all been worked out. And I really hope Pinterest does work them out…and quickly.
Given all the buzz, I thought I would share my two most favorite tips for creating ‘Happy Pins’ on Pinterest. You know, pins that make people happy and do happy things in the world!
1) Pin the ORIGINAL source. When I’m out and about pinning, I always make sure to pin the original source. If I have to dig for it, I do, and then I pin. If I can’t find the original source, then I do not pin the page. That’s right, no matter how much I love something and want to remember it, I bid the page adieu. Pinterest is too powerful to be sending traffic to people who are stealing content. And just think how HAPPY you are making that wonderful person who created the content to begin with when you send some traffic their way. They deserve it!
2) Always click through on your pins! When you pin or re-pin something, CLICK THROUGH to the site! I don’t let myself pin something unless I have actually visited the original site. So, go ahead, click through and take a look at that article or blog post. Send the lovely person who made that lovely “something” some lovely traffic. They worked hard to create that content for you. They deserve the love. PLUS…if the pin is awesome enough to be a pin in the first place, just think how awesome the entire blog post or article will be!
Are you ready to go forth and pin responsibly? I know I am!
A few final notes:
- Pin this page! I’ve created two fun graphics that will make it easy to pin and spread the ‘Happy Pin’ love!
- Go pin the “Dear Pinterest” page. It’s a great way to spread Pinterest awareness.
- My friend Kami wrote a post with some other great Pinterest tips as well. Definitely go read her post!
And, to end this pinteresting post (ha ha), my own plea to Pinterest. Please figure out the kinks. We love you! We want to keep using you with happy hearts and clear consciences. Here are my two cents, in case you’re wondering…please have the site download thumbnails instead of full-size images. That would solve so many of the problems. And when someone clicks on a pin, please direct that person to the link (a la Tastespotting and FoodGawker) rather than to the unique url for that pin. By creating a timestamp for the pin (like on Twitter), one could still click through to a unique url for the pin, but the real goal is to direct people to the content and that’s what a click on a pin should be doing. Just sayin’.