Dawn DeVries Sokol
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The Problem with Pinterest

I’ve been wanting to post about Pinterest for quite some time because I really haven’t discussed it here.

First of all, I love Pinterest. It’s a great way to find inspiration. Basically, you can create “boards” where you “pin” photos you find on the internet. Your boards can be titled and you can focus them on anything you’d like. I have boards for doodling, art journaling, decor ideas, cute stuff, and a bunch of other subjects. I pin photos from others’ boards and from blogs I read, flickr, and lots of places on the internet.

The one pet peeve I have is crediting. Some Pinterest users don’t credit images properly. It REALLY bothers me. This is one of the ways I like to find new journal artists. (I talk about this with Ricë Freeman-Zachary on a recent podcast here.) If I can’t find a name of the original artist on an image, I get frustrated. You may say, “Well, it does link back to the original site...” Not always. And even if it links back to a site, that site may not have properly credited the image either. We need to put a kaibosh on this art-image crediting problem. (I see a big problem with it and Tumblr. I always run across at least one image while I’m pinning that is from a Tumblr site that doesn’t credit the originator. Tumblr peeps: Make sure there’s a credit on the image you’re posting!!!)

PLEASE, PLEASE, I beg of you: Credit images properly. Whether you’re on Pinterest, or you’re spotlighting someone’s art (which you should have their permission to post on your blog anyway), ALWAYS credit the original creator! It’s SO important that you do this! Some people think that because an image is on the internet it is free reign. NO. That is NOT true. This is a REAL problem on the internet, not to mention every industry it touches.

Make sure to give credit where credit is due. Would you want someone to not properly credit your art work or images and then that work be used somewhere without your consent???

Images on the internet are NOT FREE. Give credit where credit is due. And get the creator’s permission. It’s common courtesy. And the right thing to do.

Art, LifeDawn Sokol