Over the last several months we have seen a sweeping craze over the new site, Pinterest. It’s a fun way to bookmark your favorite sites to customized cyber pin boards and help your friends get some extra attention as well. I’ve personally become
addicted to a member of the site. It’s always fun for bloggers to find innovative ways to drive traffic to their blogs. However, there is something you need to be aware of.
Most bloggers know to be careful to add the proper photo credit when using images in their posts. Yet there are always going to be new bloggers who aren’t as aware of the netiquette we have come to embrace and respect for one another. Many bloggers are using Pinterest as their image search for their posts. There is, however, some concern from the photographer’s perspective.
Happy ‘pinners’ excitedly add pins of their favorite finds and the Pinterest site grabs the images from your blogs and hosts them on their server. In addition to this, your image (now being seen on their site) is given an embed code so that any Pinterest user can snag your images and use them on their blogs. Although, they may not be checking for the photo credit.
It’s very important to be sure you’re adding the blog post URL to the pin so that the precise article source is properly credited. If you find a discrepancy in how your content is being displayed, you can select “Report Pin”.
Once you select “Report Pin” you can select “Other” and add your details there for them to moderate. If you want to report that it’s your content you can click the message “Is this your intellectual property?” and it will take you here for further instructions.
This does present some concern for Pix-O-Sphere users since now their images on other blogs are linking back to Pinterest, instead of to Pix-O-Sphere, which our members rely on. When our users are hoping that their images are directing people to their albums here, they now are being redirected back to Pinterest instead. We are working to resolve this dilemma with Pinterest as soon as possible.
In the meantime, you can choose to use the auto generated watermark that Pix-O-Sphere offers to every member. You can see below that when I pinned Christin’s article, her image was pulled in, but her Pix-O-Sphere watermark remains and the credit source links back to her blog.
Lisa (Sisterlisa) blogs at The HomeSpun Life and is a contributor at The Homeschool Post. She enjoys blogging, photography, and cooking. Her homeschooling family is active in their community and enjoys traveling with friends and family.