Have you guys ever seen those images on Pinterest that say things like “Please be courteous. Do not pin more than 10 images from my board. Or if you do, follow me first.” One of those appeared in my feed last night.
Honestly, I didn’t pay any attention to which blogger had posted it, but I know I have seen it on several occasions. Every time I see it, I think “why would they post this?” Don’t get me wrong – I am not criticizing anyone for posting it. I just totally don’t get it. I wonder why anyone would care how many images somebody re-pinned from their boards? I would never ask anyone to follow me if they don’t want to – that leads to followers you probably don’t want in the first place, so what’s the point? It’s good for me if people are driven to this site, but re-pins, whether you follow or not, are the valuable thing, not followers. So I don’t get it. It also seems kind of bossy to me, too, since the vast majority of their pins aren’t even the work of those pinners. I don’t get how someone has a right to tell others what they can pin or not on a public site. What am I missing!?
If I am wrong and am missing something, you guys can illuminate me. But you will never hear it from me – pin away, whether the pins lead you back to this blog or not.
Here is what I found when I search “Pinterest Etiquette” on Pinterest – this is a tiny sample and pretty much shows how some people (usually, but not always, those with small followings who do not use it for business) feel:
I’m not looking to make enemies, and am just following up with more info. For those who agree with me on the issue, you’ll probably laugh like I did at this response:
All of these are brand spanking new to me. What do you think? I love them all!
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