Thanks to all who gave me your views on Pinterest. I have tried to summarise the points below. I shall start with the POSITIVES:
- You can pin things craft ideas, patterns and inspirations you like all in one place thus being able to find them easily at a later date.
- It is very inspiring
- You can pin your own patterns and tutorials which can be good for business.
- You can do short micro blogs on projects that you have tried.
- It is a buzz when you see pictures that you have pinned re-pinned.
- You can gain lots of visitors to you blog from it.
- It can brighten up a boring day.
- You can use it to work collaboratively with someone else – each adding their own ideas and inspirations.
- You can build your brand identity with it.
- You can support and help others with it.
Now for the NEGATIVES:
- The time that it can occupy – ‘it is the biggest time suck of all social media’
Yes there really is only one negative. It is put in a few different ways but that is the long and short of it. The biggest bit of advice is to set yourself a time limit.
THE VERDICT:I do think that I will give it a go. I shall set myself some time limits and go from there.
What about the etiquette?
Whilst writing this it occurred to me that I would have no idea about the etiquette required when using it. I have done a bit of research and this is what I have come up with:
- Link back to the original sources.
- Organise your boards carefully.
- Report spammers
- If using google images still make sure you find out where it came from so you can link to it.
- Don’t pin everything – 40 images an hour is too much!
- Put your pin into context using captions and headings. This will also help your pins be found.
- You do not have to follow everyone who follows you (although another site suggests that it is polite to do so.)
- Think about the quality of the pictures that you are pinning. Go for high quality every time.
- Don’t re-post screen shots from Facebook and twitter.
- Share interesting, quality items.
- Show consideration for your followers – don’t pin offensive images.
- Respect other people’s intellectual property! Be aware of copywrite.
- Skip the sales pitch. If you audience is interested they will click-through (no full recipes)
- Allow others to pin your work (blogs etc).
- Engage and interact with others.
- Comment on other boards.
- Think about when and how you pin pictures
- Be yourself – your boards should tell a story about you and your interests.
- For every pin you make of your work allow 5-6 of pins that are not your original.
Do you have any that I have missed?
Pinterest Etiquette (different from the first I promise!)
Pinterest Etiquette – rules to follow
Pinterest Etiquette (again)