Being a visual person, you know how I love Pinterest with all my heart. For those not familiar, Pinterest is social media site where one can sign up (free) to create virtual boards (bulletin boards, to go old school) and then pin images by category. Followers can then repin your images, like and comment. It’s perfect for saving recipes you want to try, decorating ideas, funny signs and cartoons, fashion pieces, etc. The fact that the pinned images are all lined up nice and neat on boards which are lined up nice and neat is a huge bonus for moi!
Recently I had an idea of opening a Pinterest account for Rochester Artisans where I could pin works of art by our members, which link back to the artist’s site. Since accounts are by invitation only, it wasn’t easy to do because Pinterest kept recognizing I already had an account, etc. I don’t really understand how that all works because I have 3 valid email addresses that I use. Anyway, I finally had my niece send me an invitation to my gmail address and it seemed to work. I set up a few boards by category and pinned a few things. It would always be a work in progress and I was going to announce it’s existence once I got it organized the way I wanted it.
But something was buzzing in the back of my brain about this but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It had something to do with pinning without permission. I think what was also at play was learning just recently (yes, recently) that some artists participate in shows illegally, ie not reporting their sales tax. Sorry, I like living in Stefani’s World where everyone does the right thing for the right reason.
Oh. Now I get it.
I’m definitely one of those who clicks “agrees to terms of service” without reading the terms, as does the majority of Internet users. As Pinterest has become more and more popular, I had been wondering how long it would be before it became like Twitter, which I feel has become one big string of commercials. (Note to self: thin out my @StefaniTadio Twitter herd to those people I really care about, personally and professionally.)
I read in the article, How Artists can Harness the Power of Pinterest that Pinterest’s TOS state you cannot use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion – so that made my decision a no-brainer – to delete the account I set up for Rochester Artisans. I’m happy to do so – for legal reasons – but also because the logging in and out of my personal account and the RA account was too much work. I have to keep reminding myself to focus more on a few things I love, and not spread myself too thin. Trouble is, I don’t always know too thin until I step in it.
I love Pinterest and will continue using it. A lot. I did have a board on my personal Pinterest account entitled “Rochester Artisans = Creativity”. I’ve deleted that one too.
~ Stefani Tadio ~