To be candid, I’m not sure we really need a special set of rules for Pinterest. Wouldn’t the same manners that work on every other social site, work on this one?
Still, a recent search on Twitter turned up these Pinterest tips:
Don’t forget to @mention the original poster when you repin #pinterest
Not to be the Emily Post of Pinterest, but exactly what are the social rules here?
The Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest Etiquette (A Work in Progress)
With Pinterest emerging as a more important source of traffic for business, and since there are quite a few bloggers who are upset about people not using the original source page when pinning*, maybe we do need a set of rules.
I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve listed a few categories below, and I’d love to hear from active pinners. Any pet peeves? What do you do?
1. Following on Pinterest: Do you automatically follow back? If not, do you acknowledge in some way?
2. Commenting or Liking on Pinterest: Do you acknowledge each comment or like?
3. Repinning on Pinterest: Do you mention your source by name, i.e., by typing via @username or via <URL> in your comment, or just repin as is?
4. Proper Attribution: Pinterest guidelines say “if you notice that a pin is not sourced correctly, leave a comment so the original pinner can update the source …”
- have you ever done this?
- If repinning something unattributed perpetuates the original error, does that keep you from doing it?
- Do you do this? Is it welcome or manipulative?
5. Self Promotion: It’s OK to showcase your projects among other curated images, but how much “me” content is too much?
- Have you ever un-followed someone on Pinterest? Why?
6. Business Manners on Pinterest: Experts advise businesses to troll Pinterest for pins of their brands (or the lifestyle that their brand promotes), and start to like, comment, repin, or follow those people … but
- Does unlimited access mean permission?
- Is it creepy if interaction comes from a business instead of people who share your interests, style and tastes?
Please Help To Compile this List!
I’m looking for comments about Pinterest etiquette or how businesses should (or shouldn’t) use Pinterest? Please comment below, and I will update this post with your comments and repost.
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