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  2. Steve Hall says:

    Far too many privacy and copyright concerns for me to commit

    I read earlier today of a US based solicitor who had deleted her account on fears of copyright violation.

    Interesting idea but ,,,,,,,,,,
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  3. Good Points, Dan

    And what about Pinterest itself? When will they seek to monetise their free platform and will this take further away from the joy of it? We will see – let’s just hope they don’t make the same mistake as Klout and suffer a justified backlash against it and its motives. And let’s not talk about the potential copyright issue they have.

    However, we and many clients have found almost instant reward form the judicious use of Pinterest…
    and we currently feel it to be worth a few minutes a day of Pinning, and reacting positively with others.
    A mistake I see from many is not commenting and sharing (even if a “competitor”) Pins. Some dialogs become interesting threads
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  4. Great post! I truly tend to agree with all the way here. At first when I discovered Pinterest, I spent a few hours(all together) to add some pins and also link some things to my blogs. I love the clean feel of it as well… Currently I am like you and just observe as this unfolds a little more. I do love the concept! Thanks
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  5. This post cleared up the questions I had about Pinterest. I thank you for that! My husband and I were just talking about looking into it just the other day. And here is a clear unbiased review. I think I’ll be one of the bystanders right now. I already have too many social networks going and try to keep that within my time slot.
    Another learning curve and implementation is a little too much for me to handle right now.
    Thanks, this has really helped me out.
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    • Dan says:

      No worries – glad it was of use for you :)

      The concern I always have with blog posts is “am I raising more Qs than I’m answering?!”

  6. David Head says:

    I think it’s a good thing, but so are many things out there. How much is there to keep doing , this and that, it can go on forever. We should stick to what’s working , if it’s not broke don’t fix it. There are only so many hours and things you can do with your time,
    Kind Regards
    David Head
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    • Dan says:

      Couldn’t agree more. But, as I said in my reply to Chuck – find which SM channels your audience is active in and get involved in those!

  7. Liliach, I love how you experiment with different online things and share them here. Thank you!
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    • Lilach says:

      Thanks John but this post wasn’t written by me… it was by Dan Purvis. I must admit I still need to experiment and explore what Pinterest does and am looking forward to seeing if it delivers…

  8. nina says:

    Thanks for the article food for thought, I like pinintersest for the reasons, uncluttered at the moment, good layout so on and so forth, free is the best bit…. I hope they remain this way

  9. Jacob says:

    Super informative article. I recently just became a member of pinterest and very excited to use. Right now is the perfect time since it is uncluttered and not some many users. Like you said in the future who knows what it will hold.
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  10. Lilach says:

    Thanks Dan, great post:) I must admit I’m not an active user yet, I too have found it fascinating watching the site grow and really need to spend more time on there.

    It will be interesting to see how it develops this year, particularly with the latest copyright issues it’s facing.

    • Dan says:

      No problem – an honour to be asked to contribute! :)

      The copyright issue could prove to be really difficult for Pinterest to circumnavigate, but it looks like they’ve covered themselves and it will be down to the users to manage themselves and not unwittingly fall foul of copyright laws in the jurisdiction that they preside in. Users MUST read T&C’s to double check

  11. Lou Barba says:

    Hi Dan,

    I have been hearing a lot about Pinterest, but not learned much about it. I appreciate your input. I also am somewhat passive about the idea, if it’s similar to Stumbleupon. Stumbleupon, at times, has brought a lot of traffic to my blog, but almost entirely spending no time or checking beyond the home page. I have done a makeover, so that might change, but until I see a change, I probably will avoid getting involved in a similar site.

    Lou Barba
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  12. Kostas says:

    Hi Dan,
    Pinterest is really hot right now, every day I read a new post about pinterest which shows that people really want to get involved with this new social network. I have been a member for about 1 month and I get some traffic from it but nothing close to what I get from Facebook and LinkedIn, anyway hopefully it will keep growing and send more traffic, thanks for sharing…
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    • Dan says:

      Good to hear you’re getting some traffic…as in previous comment replies, it really is about seeing where your audience is and being active there. The key to all SM strategies is to produce fresh, relevant and engaging content…Pinterest is no different in this regard; in fact, owing to its visual nature, it is more applicable to Pinterest than other SM channels.

  13. Thanks for the insight! I have been “pinning” for a couple of weeks now. It’s a great platform for anyone who is very visual (like me!) and I do see ways for businesses to benefit by putting some thought and strategy behind the images we post. The problem is a lot of people are jumping onto the Pinterest bandwagon just to BE there and get a list going without actually pinning anything on their boards. I started out following anyone who followed me; but now I’m only following someone if I see they’re actually creating something of interest and value.
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    • Dan says:

      Such a good point…just BEING there won’t help anyone, least of all Pinterest. The more users who do that the more turned off other users will be as value becomes diminished. Google+, it could be argued, had the same experience…everyone wanted to get on it, sat there watching, and then didn’t get any shares, +1′s or engagement – wonder why?!

  14. Val Heisey says:

    I am always trying to learn more about this new platform. I am constantly reading posts from people who are using it, and very excited about it. I took a brief look at it, and yes, it is very clean and easy on the eye. But, as many have stated, it is hard to fit another thing in right now. As far as copyright issues, I can see where that could become a major problem. Thanks for your contribution to my information file! Val
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    • Dan says:

      Delighted you found it of use to you! New platforms will always come and go, but the signs are that Pinterest will be here to stay. For little while at least.

      The copyright issue is a huge thorn in Pinterest’s side

  15. Hi Dan,
    I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Pinterest, but have not checked it out yet. I recall reading something about copyright issues, so I’ve decided to wait and see with this one. I wasn’t really sure what Pinterest was about or how it could be used. Your post gave a simple, clear explanation of Pinterest, so thanks for that.
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  16. Nice post Dan. I see everyone moving to it as they see it as the next big thing but like you said, I guess we will have to wait and see how it all pans out from a business perspective.
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    • Dan says:

      So long as users Pin stuff of interest and people engage on there, then there will be a place for it.

      The hype, however, could drown out the value. We shall see!

  17. Thanks for that Dan, seeing hoe Pinterest is driving that much traffic then we had all better get ‘pinning’.
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    • Dan says:

      Yes – the traffic being driven is pretty remarkable. That’s where the value lies in all such platforms…longevity is another issue however…

  18. Dan, great informative post. I myself have a Pinterest profile, and while I spent some time on it in the beginning, I now find myself visiting about once every month. With FB, G+, blogging, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIn, I really just do not have the room in my social calendar right now.

    However, in saying that, I am keeping an eye, so we shall see where it goes from here?

    Keep moving forward.

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    • Dan says:

      Exactly the same path I took with Google+, but am going to make more of an effort with G+…once that is cracked then I’ll get onto Pinterest properly :)

  19. Thank you for an honest post, Dan! I started reading this article with this thought, “Ok, so PInterest is all the rage, but do I really want to jump onto another social network? Convince me why I should.” I’d say you answered all the my questions admirably. I like the supposed simplicity and the unclutteredness of PIn, but I’m going to take a “wait and see” approach here. What I am certainly for is to make it easy for others to PIn one’s good stuff. :)
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  20. Pinterest makes sense to me and I think it is a lot of fun. Any time you can incorporate fun into your business and your brand I think that is a good thing, don’t you Dan?
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    • Dan says:

      Absolutely – especially with 2012 being all about humanising the brand. However, it is very much a horses-for-courses situation…what suits one brand won’t suit all…it just depends on where your target audience is and then spending time producing fresh, relevant content and, of course, engaging with them too.

  21. great post!

    really refreshing to see somebody give a great review to something they openly admit to not be using. the review has a much more common sense and neutral look from the outside in.

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  22. We’d all like more traffic, but, misuse of content that a person does not own is not the proper way to drive traffic is it?

    Users of Pinterest state per the TOS that the member owns the content or pins.

    Then the embed code allows people to embed and modify content that he or she may not own.

    Re-pinning and the attribution gets lost.

    Good for brands, maybe, for the rest of us, not so great.

  23. Susan says:

    Thanks for such an informative post – we’ve just got our account and can see it is a bit of a minefield. Love the idea of pinning images so will be finding out a bit more so we get it right from the beginning.
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  24. Hi Lilach,
    I really appreciated your information on Pinterest. I just recently started pinning and I really like it! I have found alot of really good things to pin and stumbled upon sites I would not have known about if I hadn’t joined Pinterest. I will have to wait and see how it may benefit my business but for now I am enjoying the process of seeing how it works. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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  25. Chris says:

    Good info. I’m with you, just observing so far, but my two sisters in their late 20s love it and use it all the time. To me it seems more like a fad and the copyright issue seems like a very valid one, but it could definitely unfold into something much bigger. We shall see.
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