Poor Pinda, she had no idea that some pinning is considered a sin, worthy of excommunication from the Church of Pinterest.
I have a suggestion for all the people on Pinterest who are so freaking panicked about other people pinning “their” pins. Clearly they are beyond distressed about how many pins other peoples repin and so they post all kind of posters warning those people they will be blocked (as in not able to look at or take their pins anymore). I tried to talk to a couple of them off the ledge and explain the pictures they collect are not really “theirs” (in most instances). They did not make the item, nor do they own what is shown in the picture. They did not take the picture. Someone else did all that and loaded it onto the internet, where THEY got it from so really . . . it is not “theirs.” It actually belongs to someone else on the internet who may or may not be really happy about the fact THEY took it without asking. I can’t sing a song someone else wrote and insist it is mine and that if anyone else sings it they have to give me credit. I can’t see a painting and like it and then insist if anyone else does the same they have to credit me for it because I saw it and liked it first.
Asking these types of Pinters if they see the irony in their not wanting people to copy and paste from them is not dissimilar to trying to convince a cranky two year old that eating liver is awesome. Ok actually lets change that to trying to convince me, even on an awesome day, with ample medication, that eating liver is awesome.
I appreciate Pinters get cranky over the amount of time it took them to find those pictures and then to click their mouse to load them onto their boards. I know they feel they have a special eye for collection of all things “green,” or “cute,” or even “fluffy.” I get that it probably took days to come up with what you should call a board with green things in it and that how you arranged the words “all things green” shows promising literary talent. All THAT should be worth something right?
I don’t think, on a global scale, it really is.
It might have merited you several gold scars in kindergarten and Sesame Street may have criminally promoted the idea that “one of these things is not like the other, can you guess which one before I finish my song,” was of epic importance but no …it really isn’t. That you can surf the internet and identify and mouse click on all the shiny and sparkly pink things is awesome … for you. I am sure the people in your life are really happy about that achievement. You can’t see me right now, but I am clapping for you, I promise.
I am not sure putting 50 posters on each board threatening people who visit your account is the way to go, but I can assure you that having one of those poster pictures as a frog that has all kinds of watermarks over it – meaning you are supposed to PAY to use it – is definitely NOT the way to go. That’s YOU actually really stealing someone else’s work.
I think the point of Pinterest was to share. They actually want people to post things on their accounts that other people will like and want to repin. Otherwise it would be sort of like opening an art gallery with awesome easels in everyone’s specially reserved room and not having any pictures. No-one would come to that art gallery, no sane person would offer to hang their art in that gallery and they would be bankrupt in no time. Oh, and probably on some list on the internet featuring the dumbest business ideas ever.
I doubt many strangers show up at your house just to see you and hang out. The problem is most people don’t see you and they don’t know anything about you. Even if you put your name and a Photoshopped picture of you from 10 years ago when you were much thinner, wrinkle free, and had a great hair day . . . it is not likely enough to pull people in off the street. Certainly not people who are living across the world from you.
So Pinterest had this cool idea that if people pinned things they liked and were interested in, other people who liked the same things would be attracted to their site and perhaps people would get to know one another and magic would happen. Oh, AND, people might learn a few things, share information and support on how-to’s and it would be a win win for the people and for Pinterest.
Think of it like getting a truck load of decorations and party supplies, all the cool kid toys, AND the circus put up in your front yard. NOW, there is a slight chance someone from off the street is going to stop and say “Hey, I love what you have done with your clowns!”
People are pretty visual. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” right? You could write about yourself and what you like but the that would be a dating site, wouldn’t it? And everyone lies about liking long walks on the beaches and how much they weigh on those things. BUT imagine if someone filled out a profile for a dating site and then was really angry that people were reading it and asking them out on dates. Again you can’t see my visual aids here, but I am holding up a broken pencil. You could say it is “point-less,” not unlike joining a site to share pictures and then getting mad that people want to share pictures.
I am going to give you a few moments to think about that.
I can hear the whining already. I told you I’ve done this already remember? A couple of Pinters, ledge, they insisted on jumping, no safety net as the firemen were back at the station on Pinterest stealing more than 4 pins at a time . . . I know the whole argument. Pinters reluctantly agree people can repin their pics but ONLY a few at a time. That is why you see women everywhere sitting in front of their computer screens, staring at the stop clock in front of them, waiting for “a time” to pass so they can pin some more. Well, the polite ones do that. The rest are at the therapists, hysterical that they have been “blocked” and their lives are now over.
So let’s sum it up. Some nice people come to your site and they LIKE some of the pics you have done. You know that because they repin some of your pics. But that makes you mad. So you restrict the numbers and force them to come again and again if they want to “like” your stuff. You force them to hit the “like”button before they take, and you force them to follow you if they want to take more, and you put up nasty posters accusing them of not being polite or “knowing” things like how Pinterest works on the planet you and your fellow Nazi-Pinters inhabit. I get it.
No I don’t.
My mind goes to ok, I want 200 pics from you. That makes you mad. I can either take the 200 when you are not looking and get banned so I can’t take anymore or I can play the “I am your prisoner” game and take the 200 I originally saw slowly over time, 4-5 at a time, and keep coming back and taking more until I have all your pictures. I am not sure you can see what is wrong with that logic, even though I am clapping out the words and saying them reallly slowly. (waving the broken pencil again)
See I pin, not seriously, but I have a few boards. When I am looking around and I come across your Pinterest etiquette posters I just think, “what a loser, get over yourself,” and I move on to other pictures. I don’t want to know you. And hearing that there are now “gangs” of these people where if one blocks you, they all do, makes me wonder what Junior High Course includes playing on the computer as part of it’s curriculum. If people pin from me, I sometimes actually go to look at their profile and see if they have anything I like. I may not friend them but I grow fonder of them in subtle ways that can’t be measured.
You do know there are all kinds of ways for people to take every one of your pics without you ever knowing about it, right? I am sorry, did I type that out loud? (insert sound of bubbles bursting here)
So here are two simple suggestions that may save you … and me, from all this grief. Firstly you could just actually MAKE the stuff or take the pictures of things you own and load that onto your boards, in which case, put up all the signs you want and complain away. You should get credit for it because it is YOURS! I still think it is a pointless exercise but I might respect you a little more. The best solution is to simply copy the pictures onto your own computer. Arrange them into categories and open them up and look at them whenever you want in all their glory, knowing not one other person is ever going to be able to SEE your precious pictures let alone repin them. You can make up numbers about viewings and likes to your friends if you have to – how is anyone ever going to be able to check? You will always be the number one pinner.
The added bonus is that when the internet is down, you can still look at them.
You did know that right, that if the internet goes down, or Pinterest shuts down because they are tired of all the whining … “your” pictures and all that talent and hard work …. Are … Gone ….? You knew that right?
(insert sound of more bubbles bursting . . .
. . . and wailing . . .
. . . and gnashing of teeth . . )
Happy Pinning. :)
(tags not used but appropriate: finding out your friends can and do read, I no longer have any friends, ex-friends with weapons, I can now only see 3 people’s boards on Pinterst, what to do with your extra free time now that you have been banned by everyone on Pinterest)