Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pintrest from a photojournalist’s view

There are concerns about the legalities and copyright issues of being pinned. My question, is it that different from sharing these links on other social media sites? The same type of sharing information and interests is involved. Only Pintrest simplifies it by using photographs to catch the eye not just a snappy title.

Pintrest is the latest ‘in place’ on the web, it is a website which totes itself as an electronic pin board. A user creates boards on which they show off their interests in collections of photos.

Most of the time, a click to that photo leads back to its origin. Allowing users to share recipes, blogs, articles, websites, and interesting photos, quips of wisdom and even favorite items or products for purchase by ‘repinning’ the photo to their own board.

Many websites are have added Pin It buttons to their pages and posts, and even have boards of their own. So pinners know it’s safe to dive into the content and pin away. There is a Pin It button on the toolbar at the bottom of this blog as well as buttons for other social media.

I'm still fairly new to Pintrest and learning how to use it effectively for marketing but I must say the results I've encountered so far have been encouraging. I don't think it takes away from my copyright for someone pin my work.

It’s the same as if they were to tweet, book, +1, stumble or digg a post or photo. Pintrest can be a great tool. I would encourage fellow pinners to make sure their pins do link back to the original site or post, a link or credit to the person or place their pin came from for all their pins.  

I’m going to continue to use Pintrest as part of my marketing toolbox to help build my platform. Not to mention the fun of collecting pins for my own boards.  Go head Pin me :) 


Matthew MacNish said...

Hi Elise. Just dropping in to follow as your A to Z co-host. Nice to meet you!

Elise VanCise said...

Hi Matthew :) Nice to meet you. Looking forward to participating in A to Z this year.