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Etiquette Tips When Using Pinterest

June 1, 2012 by Blair Stover

English: Red Pinterest logo

English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What makes Pinterest so fun is that it is a simple way to see new products, ideas and places via the web. With more than ten million registered users, Pinterest can be a place of great influence. Therefore, it is important to know how to avoid infringements on copyrights, as well as steering clear of poor manners. For these reasons, try following these tips to practice proper Pinterest etiquette.

First of all, pin from the original source at all times. This is the most important of Pinterest rules. If you pin an image that is not linked back to the original source, you are basically taking the credit from the original creator of that image. This is the source of some major controversy on Pinterest. You could be in jeopardy of copyright infringements if you do not ensure that your pins (or re-pins) direct users back to the primary site of the image.

Next, you will want to add teaser descriptions when pinning. When you pin, you have the option to add a description. As “clicks” are the currency of Pinterest, you want to gain those “clicks”. For this reason, do not give all of the information away in the description. Write just enough to get the reader to “click” for more information.

Along with this, you should leave comments and “likes”. Pinterest is, in fact, a social network. So, take part in this community by commenting on ideas you enjoy and clicking on “likes”.  This spreads goodwill throughout the Pinterest community and acts as feedback to encourage more pinnings of things you found inspirational.

Finally, keep in mind that the intention of the website is fun and inspiration. Therefore, users should always show respect to one another when commenting by way of refraining from rudeness, name calling, or inappropriate language. Keep it light and enjoyable.

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