Pinterest Poll

What’s your opinion of the popular image-laden Pinterest website? Want your art pinned there?



Articles on the fastest-growing social sharing site Pinterest have been circulating virally around the web. Many of them address how to promote yourself as an artist, sell your work, and have fun pinning images on your themed boards.

Then, the doubts crept in. More articles appeared, this time on possible copyright violations  and legal issues. Pinterest stepped in with a fix which allowed website owners to opt out and disallow visitors to pin their images. People started wondering how Pinterest would make money, and if they already are.

The jury may still be out, but Pinterest is fun and addictive. It’s fascinating to see how this young company will evolve, how they will become profitable, and whether privacy and copyright issues will throw cold water on the whole concept.

What’s your opinion?

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  1. I’m still on the fence with this one. Although I do have a Pinterest account, I’m trying very hard to only take photos off sites that allow it, but that is NOT the norm. Most people using Pinterest have no concept of copyright issues and couldn’t care less, much like the owners of Pinterest themselves! I’ve had my website online since 1999 and you can’t imagine how many times my images have been used and passed off as someone else’s on their websites. I see this whole thing with Pinterest being just the same and have thought long and hard about whether or not to ban them from my site, but like I said, I’m still sitting on the fence. There are a lot of good things about it too, since using their service, I have seen an increase of visitors to my website and blog, so that’s a good thing. And since my account is tied to my Facebook page and profile, I get more exposure there, too. Hmmm, we’ll just have to see how this all shakes out.

    • Thanks, Cathryn. Quick question: Looking at your analytics, are the Pinterest visitors spending much time on your website, or just a few seconds? Of course artists want visitors who will actually be interested in finding out more information about them and their work. If they “hit and run,” they may be as useless as StumbleUpon visitors, except for the traffic, which may help in rankings somewhat.

  2. I have read much controversy and hear mixed reports concerning Pinterest. Since I am not an artist or professional crafts person, it has not affected me personally. I use Pinterest to promote my websites and E-Guides and love it for that use. But I am concerned about my clients and customers as they are possible at risk if they pin their own creations. Personally, I would love to see some changes on Pinterest’s TOS and policies so as to protect the “pinners” and take any liability off it’s users!

    Thanks Carolyn and Wendy for taking an interest in this issue.

    Sandy Dell

  3. I agree with Cathryn. I think visual artists have to be careful.
    I use it to keep a photo record of the jewelry I have made and sold.

  4. I don’t have a pinterest account, and I have looked at the site, but haven’t tried it. It just seems like a time suck with no practical goal. it might be fun just to goof around there for a while, but I can’t imagine that pinning any images myself would cause me to buy anything, so I can’t imagine that anyone pinning my images would lead to sales for me. I could be off base, but I just have no interest.

    • Lisa, I definitely agree that we need to make the best use of our time! Work on those things that bring the most benefit to your business.

  5. I do not have an account and I don’t see myself having one until the “fair use”questions are resolved.I firmly believe the advice I have given my adult children in the past.And that is that there is too much technology out there and we need to be aware of our needs,not our wants.

    • Ronald, I agree that things do seem a little intrusive on our privacy. Pinterest should be giving an explanation of their terms, and what they plan to do with images.

  6. I love Pinterest, both as a user, and as an artist. Pinterest is one of the major sources of traffic for my art and other works. As long as Pinterest links back to me, I am more than happy for others to pin my work. I encourage pinning on my blog. I think, perhaps, though, it would be helpful if the upload feature was just removed entirely, and the only way to pin actually linked back to the website. But overall I love Pinterest, and my business is greatly helped by it.

  7. There’s so much controversy over this at the moment, which mostly seems to stem from Pinterest’s dubious terms and conditions.

    Personally, the novelty has worn off for me already, and my early prediction is that Pinterest will not stand the test of time. Again, we’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, I won’t be going out of my way to promote my work on Pinterest.

    • Thanks for your input, Dan. It will be interesting to watch how this plays out, both in the court of law and the court of public opinion!

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