It’s So Pinteresting! Will It Stay That Way?
Article by : Brenda from: Bsue Boutique
A very short while ago I got on the Pinterest bandwagon. Very glad I did, and I still am.
Pinterest really and truly is the up and coming NEW way to get yourself out there into social media. Have you considered it? Are you a part of the fun?
First, you need an invite to join. Someone who is on Pinterest already will need to send you a friend request and then you’ll have to go in and set up your Pinterest account, via the request. Pinterest is free, so just some basic stuff is needed.
You will then be able add the Pinterest pin button to your browser’s toolbar, it takes about two seconds. This makes it really easy to pin photos, rather than upload them from your computer (although you can do that, too.)
You will SO enjoy all the gorgeous photography, the clever crafts ideas, storage suggestions, vintage clothing and costume jewelry, recipes, travel pictures…..just wonderfulness. You can start your own boards, or collections of photos right away.
The first thing I began pinning was a collection of pathways, as I collect them. Very inspiring! I uploaded my own pix, and repinned others. I enjoy going to Pinterest every day to choose some new photos for my boards.
Here is my Pathways board, prepare to sigh…and meditate:
Pinterest is a respite for many, myself included. It’s a place where I can go to see things I may never own, places I may never go, things I may have only once held in my hands and never will again. It’s a place of ideas, a place of remembrance. The old saying, “A picture says a thousand words” could never be truer– than at Pinterest.
Will it STAY that way?
Pinterest is fast becoming an easy way for an artist to show their work, new and old, sold and unsold. Doubtless the folks at Pinterest realized how powerful their new medium would become for SELLERS….so, there’s Pinterest Etiquette
Basically, so that Pinterest doesn’t become a morass of commercialism, it’s advised that when you make boards, you balance them. What does that mean?
You don’t want to make a board solely of your own photos, no matter how appealing that idea seems. Be sure to pin photos of others’ work in the chosen theme for your board. Show techniques or ideas. Pin blogs with appropriate credits to the blogger, if you pin from a blog—it will get the blog hits and new followers, so that’s a great thing to do! Plug the blogs you love! Then after you remember others first…. pin a few of *your* things. You can even pin stuff you have on ETSY….there’s a Pin It button now on every listing. You can pin your stuff…AND, you can pin others.
When you do this, you play nice and you level the playing field so that MANY people can get a shout out for a job well done, a great idea, a fabulous find.
You may also comment on the pictures at Pinterest. Commentary should be lightweight and complementary. If you can’t do that, if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t disgrace yourself by saying something less than kind at Pinterest.
Wherever possible, when repinning at Pinterest, trace back to find the original owner of the photograph. Usually that’s just a few clicks, and you’ve got it. If you can’t find it, and want to repin, please acknowledge that you don’t know and would love to know. Someone may offer the information via comment, and then you’ll have it covered.
Same way if you lift a picture from Pinterest and put it on your Facebook: CREDIT the original pinner, photographer, blogger, artist.
I pin a lot of pictures from the B’sue Boutiques Creative Group and try to do that, always crediting the artist. It’s been a great tool, I am so glad I joined Pinterest for that reason alone. I love to plug great work shared at the group, and this makes it effortless. A number have told me they sold their items quickly because of my initial pins and others’ repins.
You can check out the Copyright Infringement Page at Pinterest as well, good to review that and carefully consider the in’s and out’s.
One last thing: Don’t pin photos that should be kept private. That’s not what Pinterest is about. BTW: you cannot directly pin from Facebook.
That’s probably a really good thing.
I want to thank my wise friend, Wendy, for bringing this subject up yesterday and the roundhouse conversation that resulted. She raised some questions that made me look inward and think of my own motives in using Pinterest. I’ve thought ever since, long and hard, about my own role in social media and how I could use it to serve my enterprise as well as serve others in better ways.
In the long run, if you use social media to self-promote your business, it’s about two big factors: the people you love and support at home….and the people you serve. You’d never want to use social media in a way that wasn’t fair to all of them.
Use the power of Pinterest like Luke used the Power of the Force….LOL….in the RIGHT way. Let’s keep Pinterest….pinteresting!