Pinterest Etiquette? Really? Isn’t that common sense? One would be surprised how uncommon common sense is. Social media is no exception.
Be Kind, Respectful, and THINK TWICE:
Now before you think I am the Emily Post of social media, I wish I were, but all of us make mistakes from time to time, or we just forget.
I just want to say that “free speech” is covered under our constitution, but don’t think for a minute that you can say or post anything that may not have consequences, or offend someone down the road. So before you pin a .pdf or .png file of Aunt Jenny stuffing that hot dog in her mouth, consider how she may feel about it?
This also applies to how you comment as well. Pinterest reminds us to respect others, be kind and remember that there are people on the other end of your comments.
At the very least, give credit where credit is due. Repinning is awesome, and obviously encouraged. After all that’s why they have the button right? Pinterest believes in authenticity. By that, they request that you pin things that express who you really are and what you really like. However, ask yourself what is more important? Pinterest also encourages artists to create great work by linking back to their pages, this is a great social opportunity to share your website. However, if you come across a pin that was copied and not credited, be polite in your comments. Maybe you can teach someone something, and they will refer back to you in the future.
Uh Hum, Um, Keep It Clothed!
A naked cute baby is one thing; however, nudity, pornography, hateful pins, or pins that encourage people to hurt themselves, should be REPORTED ON THE SPOT! I know, it bugs me too, that you have to open the pin to report it, and see the offensive material up close, but that is the only way to get to the left side bar button called “Report Pin”, or the flag icon to report a pinner.
I do think Pinterest can do a better job, blocking particular terms and phrases, but unfortunately, as fast they they block it, someone out there is working double time to put it up.
I said it before, and I will say it again, if you don’t want a boss or future employer to see it, then don’t post it. AND, NEVER share proprietary business diagrams, schematics, etc. until you have been authorized in writing, to do so. Oh, and if you don’t want someone to know your birthday, wait a few weeks before you post those pictures. Timing is everything with social media, and there are mean people out there that want to get a hold of your private information. The problem is they are smart, and sometimes smarter than we are.
One more thing I’d like to mention about posting for privacy. We have a friend, who does foster parenting. My husband, is a photographer. We learned from her that posting pictures of these children online, regardless how secure our privacy settings are, is prohibited. The reason is because most of these children are under protective custody. It would endanger their safety. Please consider, when posting pictures, that you ask those individuals in them if it is okay. And if they ask you to take it down? Please do.
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