This has been on my mind the past couple of days and while I’m loving Blog Positivity Week, I feel like it’s time for this to be said.
I was late in joining the Pinterest party.
I didn’t need another thing to kill time and honestly, I’m just not one to get into things right away. Eventually I signed up and would spend a few hours pinning things every week, never thinking twice about it. It was just a way to keep all the things I loved together and share things with others.
But then I started hearing about the Terms of Service. And let’s be honest – I never read them.
This post made the most sense of them all. It explained everything I was missing, yet everything that was insanely important at the same time. It showed me that the things I pinned were no longer just a part of my inspirational files. They had become things that Pinterest could sell. Things that they would hold me accountable for because I pinned them. Things that would cost me time and money because I’d have to face someone’s lawyer.
All of this left me so disheartened about Pinterest that I deleted my account immediately.
Yes I love the things I have pinned.
Yes I may have lost some beautiful photos, recipes, ideas, etc.
But it wasn’t worth it for me. I wasn’t going to wait to get sued. And I wasn’t willing to put someone else’s work (who had no choice in the matter) out there for Pinterest to use as they wished even if it did have credit given to them. I couldn’t justify it in any way. So I walked away.
Luckily for me, while I was reading through the endless amounts of information, I found another site that’s incredibly similar in nature. Clipix. However, there’s a key difference: you can set all of your boards to private. Which means anything I find inspiring, I can still keep in a centralized location. The images and resources I save just won’t be shared with the world and cause unnecessary harm to myself or the fellow artists I tried ot support via Pinterest.
While this does prevent me from spreading the word about handmade business I love as easily, I know that there’s got to be a better way than giving someone easy access to ripping them off. Be it through my Friday Favorite series or the Saturday Showcase (both back next week!), or through Twitter and Facebook, I’ll be making an effort to help support you in a way that gives you full credit and doesn’t result in negative backlash for anyone.
And for those of you that want a code that says “no pinning allowed from this website”: You can find out how to in the Pinterest help page by looking at “What if I don’t want images from my site to be pinned?
However, it invalidates my feed when I do it so be sure to ensure that it doesn’t do it to your site, too. Until I square that issue away . . . I simply ask that you don’t pin images from here along with the rest of my don’t steal things and please ask for permission wording.
On the flip side: I know that many continue to use Pinterest and by all means, that is your choice. But please be considerate to those you choose to pin as they may not be okay with the terms and conditions that Pinterest has. In the end, you’ll be held liable so it’s kind of a lose-lose situation for everyone.
UPDATE: Pinterest actually updated their TOS today (you can read it on their blog) with new things going into effect on April 6th. I personally will not be returning to Pinterest, but it does look like they are going in the right direction.