Pinterest isn’t for Everyone
posted by: JoAnn
If you’ve found this post online, I’m going to assume that you’ve heard of Pinterest. If by some quirk of fate you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it’s basically an online “pin board” for sharing ideas, inspiration, etc.
(Image: Pinterest provided this logo.)
I was “invited” to join Pinterest a long time ago by a caring friend. I politely declined. At the time, I had my cyberhands full already with Twitter, Facebook and my website. Two hands, three things…you can picture the juggling.
Then, Pinterest starting gaining more of a foothold in my various circles of friends, and more people started inviting me. I admit I became rather curious about this site that could cause such an addiction so quickly.
Just a few weeks ago, I finally succumbed to temptation and joined and then abruptly hit my first Pinterest Catch-22.
My first problem with Pinterest: You’re not supposed to pin your own things. Why? This makes no sense to me.
The things that inspire me are photos taken by my husband or me. I’m not conceited. I’m not trying to sell anything. They speak to me. They keep me focused. I keep photos that inspire me as the background on my phone and my computer.
If Pinterest is supposed to be a source of Inspiration or a group of things that inspire me AND things that may inspire others, these photos are a perfect fit. I had them “pinned” on my Pinterest site before I realized that it is a major faux pax.
My second problem with Pinterest: People are pinning things without crediting the original sources. Because I respect copyright law to the Nth degree, I almost always avoid using pictures I haven’t taken myself…for anything. (Yes, I’ve passed along a funny photo on Facebook that doesn’t have a source clearly listed, but I do that rarely, and it still raises a red flag for me.) If forced to use someone else’s photo, I always document the source. Depending on the photo, this can take a lot of work.
Artists are getting upset that their work isn’t being credited. Recipe Creators are upset about the same thing. I get it. I really do. Because of this, I avoid pinning things from other people.
As I mentioned above, I’m already juggling so many things, I don’t have time for something that is going to create even more work for me, unless I can see the benefit. (Spoiler alert: I’m not seeing the benefit of Pinterest.)
For those of you keeping track at home: I can’t pin my own things. I can’t pin other people’s things.
I’m reminded of the scene in The Princess Bride when Vizzini realizes he cannot choose the wine in front of himself, nor can he choose the wine in front of The Man in Black. (Oddly enough, both wine glasses were indeed poisoned, so Vezzini’s “dizzying intellect” was actually pretty close to the mark.)
But, I digress…
Okay, so I’m not allowed to actually “pin” things in good conscience. What about using Pinterest for inspiration? I asked Pinterest Addicts how they use Pinterest, and the overwhelming response was: “Recipes!”
This old dog already has great tricks that work perfectly well:
1) I have an awesome magazine subscription that I use for recipes. 2) I also use this wonderful thing called the Internet. Google, specifically. Have you heard of this? Most of the time, it leads me to two or three top-notch sites devoted specifically to recipes! What a concept! In mere seconds, thousands of recipes are at your fingertips, all including the ingredients you want to use. It’s awesome. You should try it. I’ve been doing it for many, many years to great success. *cough*
Also? I’m not planning a wedding, a baby shower, or doing any more home improvement projects. (May all the corresponding gods be praised!) And, if I were, I’m just more of a type it in and get an answer right away kinda gal. I don’t have time to scroll through hundreds of (albeit beautiful) pictures that may or may not be linked back to their original sources.
Then again, maybe I’m being too harsh on Pinterest. Truth be told, I absolutely hated Twitter until the moment I loved it. Go figure.
So, what about you? Do you wish someone would invite you to Pinterest so you could check it out for yourself? Are you avoiding the invitation in your Inbox? Are you an addict? Do you hate it? Tell us!