Interest in Pinterest is explosive. I heard it is the first social network to reach 10 million visitors a month. There is a lot of analysis of this dynamic new site, For artists and makers, there is a huge opportunity to share your work. Lots of possibilities, but I'll skip to the big issue for artists and makers.
The huge concern is appropriate attribution. The concern is that images of art or craft may travel around, pinned, and repinned without proper attribution to the artist/maker. Addressing this concern there are rumors, suggestions, proposals that artists and makers might decide to watermark their images.
I do not like Watermarks in photos.
As a result, I am not going to watermark my photos and ruin the image because of others' irresponsible behavior. That is my opinion at the moment...but on the other hand, can't we all join together, work together, post together protecting each other with appropriate attribution?
Please, please, please, can we all make Pinterest the best it can be. Honor the creativity behind the images with complete information.
- Add the artist's name to the description (including your own name).
- Add a link to the original (artist's) website, if possible.
- Add links for your source.
- Add photo credit, if possible.
- Add an accurate (even if short) description.
Tomorrow's post... more Pinterest introspection.