One of the most popular sites at the moment is Pinterest. I’ve blogged about it previously, because I think its a really good idea. It’s a nice site to be able to “pin” images that you want to keep, and its encouraged to keep the original link to an image rather than a random Tumblr account or We Hear It as the source. (Unsure of where something is from? Check out this post I wrote about tracing images)
But last week, I deleted my account and installed Liam’s Block Pinterest WordPress plugin. Why? If I think its a good idea, why would I discourage sharing my items on there?
The terms also put any legal repercussions onto you. So if you pin an image and the owner decides to sue, you would not only have to pay for your own defence, but also Pinterest’s costs.
Secondly, I’ve noticed a massive increase in spam accounts – and while thats not so noticeable on other networks, its quite annoying on Pinterest
Finally…I just don’t use it. Thats probably why I was so annoyed with all the spam accounts popping up because each one meant another email landing in my inbox – thankfully I have a filter set up to mark them as read otherwise I’d be too excited about all the new emails I was receiving!
Perhaps I’m just being a bit paranoid. If Pinterest respond to the many, many blog posts I’m seeing about this sort of thing quickly, perhaps I’ll reopen my account. But for now, its just another trend I’m happy to avoid.