To Pinterest or Not: That Is the Question

I don’t know what to make of this (click here for link).

I love Pinterest but I’m not sure I feel comfortable with the Terms of Service, which I admittedly did not read when I signed off on it. I’d love to know what others think.

Thank you Virtual Moxie for bringing this to my attention.

Please share your opinions in the comment section. I’d truly appreciate hearing how other people respond to Virtual Moxie’s blog post.



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13 thoughts on “To Pinterest or Not: That Is the Question

  1. I suppose I am not that bothered by it…but, then, I’m not uploading my own content on Pinterest…
    Perhaps it would be worth contacting Pinterest to find out their response to the TOS controversy? I think companies DO listen. For instance, Evernote clarified their TOS a while back, with the goal of reassuring users that content uploaded by users remains the property of the person who uploaded it… Off to email Pinterest. Lets see if they will weigh in!

    1. I’m still not sure I’m bothered by it. My mother is very worried for me so I don’t have to be that concerned. But seriously, it would be interesting to hear what they have to say.

  2. Sara, this morning I started a new board titled, “Blogs I Like.” I’ve wondered how to keep up with all the blogs I enjoy but often forget to visit. Pinterest offers a neat way to remember them. I’m not a tech whiz or geek, and I get tired of trying to keep up with all the Google this and Yahoo that. So, for me, it is the quintessential bulletin board.

    As far as posting links to personal pictures, images, blogs, etc., I wouldn’t do it. Their terms are too flaky. I removed all those and feel good about it.

    1. Somebody voiced concern that even if you don’t use Pinterest at all, somebody else can post something that belongs to you and their parent company then has access to that. I can’t imagine that would hold up in court, though.

    1. See how careful I am? I’m so worried about Internet privacy that I didn’t even include my last name! How will you ever know that I’m the Rachel you wrote notes with in 11th grade English?

      1. I wouldn’t have known if you hadn’t have said so. Look — we’re passing notes again. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    2. Thanks for the link, Rachel. It’s good to know they’re responsive. I find myself overwhelmed by all the legalese in all the documents that I should read but rarely do. I don’t use Pinterest to post personal photos or creative work but I do post other people’s creative work and photos and hate the idea of somehow contributing to some misuse of their work. It does seem unlikely that Pinterest has such evil plans in mind but I just wish companies would use plain language that we all can understand so we know what we’re getting ourselves into. I will step off my soapbox now. Oh wait. It’s my blog. I can stay on for as long as I want. 🙂

  3. I’m not too worried, especially after reading through some of these comments. I’m not trying to make money off of someone else’s work, I’m not uploading content from anywhere, and the links I pin all seem to be credited somewhere appropriate. There’s only so much my brain can take on.

    1. So true. My plan is to try to pay a little more attention before I just sign off on terms in the future. I guess what this brought forward for me is that I am not comfortable with how I’ve been so ready to accept terms without consideration in the past. I need to understand more about that which I’m agreeing to be a part.

So what do you think?