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The other day my cat jumped into my chair after I spent hours working on the computer. It was funny to see him jump in – like he wanted to work on the computer too – would he go to Twitter or Pinterest? Was he going to make changes to my latest post?
He looked so content to be there. Of course when I tried to get him to pose for a better picture he lost interest. I wanted to get the best picture so it would be pin-worthy. Do you find yourself these days looking at moments and thinking “this would make a great pin”?
Are we all just obsessed with the latest craze over at Pinterest? Users are now spending 98 minutes per month on Pinterest alone. (Only Tumbler and Facebook have more) And February numbers show over 16 million unique visitors. These incredible numbers have been increasing for months!
I’m sure many bloggers always brought their cameras along everywhere they went for they never knew what would make a great picture or their next great post. But has Pinterest made this an all time high?
Here are some examples of blogs using Pinterest in a pinteresting way:
- The New Modern Momma – She features her pins of the week that are pinworthy
- Babble - Featuring some fun pins for others to share focused around motherhood
- Simply Stacie – She had a great example of how to showcase St Patrick’s Day food pins on her post
- Paul Brit Photo - His photos make great pins from his website
- Four Legged Mom – Wordless Wednesdays - another creative way to promote animal photos to be pinned
- Life Is Hard Laugh Anyway – An awesome use of a pin for quote on her blog post
What did William Shakespeare know that we did not?
Are you always prepared for the next great pin?
Social Media – Isn’t it all about sharing? How many times do you post on Facebook an image you found from someone else’s news feed? Or tweeted a great image from another’s blog? You may have found a beautiful picture on Stumble Upon and shared it on Facebook. So what is the latest uproar on pinning about? What makes pinning a possible lawsuit for companies vs. tweeting, posting, tumbling, digging, stumbling and sharing? Why does pinning have to be different?
Are all, isn’t sharing is caring on all social media? Why is there such a fuss now over Pinterest sharing with repins? The Pinterest Terms are what are making people take a second look:
“You acknowledge and agree to that, to the maximum extent permitted by law, the entire risk arising out of your access to and use of the site, application, services and site content remains with you….” Read more on their terms at Pinterest here.
Pinterest Terms and Conditions
After reading numerous articles on the subject there is really no absolute answer to the question if you could be sued by pinning other’s images.
You may read more on the Pinterest legalities at: Biz Journals.com - How businesses could be sued for pins on Pinterest
Blogging with Amy - Great info on Amy’s blog on the Pinterest lawsuit issue
Business Insider - A photographer who took down all her pin boards in fear
DMACAHandbook – Lawyer/blogger on internet law – her take on Pinterest legallity.
What’s a blogger or business to do? This is what I recommend and am doing as well:
- Repin carefully – Know where the original came from before you repin
- Pin your own stuff – Make sure you are using images that are yours
- Like other pins – instead of repinning – you can like other pins and leave comments
Are you worried about using Pinterest now and are you using it any differently?
It’s Like Pinterest But a Manly Pinterest
Manly Pinterest – Did you know there is a manly version of Pinterest? It is in a beta state and you must get an invite or request one. I just requested one for our scrub company as we have a men’s department on the website. This men’s Pinterest is called Gentlemint.
Now there’s a manly mixer for you! Imagine what that thing can do in a kitchen.
Motorcyles – Popular on Gentlemint
It looks and feels like Pinterest! Instead of pinning things you mint them. They claim they have more personal users than businesses. Many businesses are still trying to find out how to use Pinterest to their advantage. Women are also encouraged to join up on Gentlemint, so don’t be shy! Gentlemint was created in just 12 hours by two men who work at a web software company. Now that’s inspiring!
Have you visited Gentlemint, the manly Pinterest, yet and minted things?