Pinterest | Sharing more than just pictures
The urls of a website is the Uniform Resource Locator; this is usually a web page but can be a file or a picture. I have used the URL of the picture above to share it with other users on Pinterest. I own the copyright, but if I didn’t would it be a breach of copyright? I’m not copying the picture, just using it’s url. The picture has been downloaded to your computer from a WordPress server, via Pinterest are you in breach of copyright for downloading this web page and the picture to your hard drive?
This is effectively what Pinterest does. It shows pictures by linking to the url of the picture just as I have for my picture above. I have made some categories on Pinterest for things that interest me. My favourite places and spaces features photos I have taken locally. Holiday options links to photos of places I might consider for a holiday; although I wouldn’t seriously consider Greece. It looked nice though. I would seriously consider Stratford upon Avon for a photographic holiday. For The Home is a category for things I might buy for my home. I added a French kitchen and you can click that picture to go to the website and look at more French kitchens and read the blog. I also added a china bowl that they sell in Matalan. I bought china mugs from there and would like the bowls. My Style also features a few things I might buy from Matalan, including a straw hat for the summer. When I’m shopping online, I can click the ‘Pin It’ link on my browser tool bar and share what I see with Pinterest readers and browsers. I can even share what I eat and cook because I have a category for food!
I can’t see website owners objecting to photos being shared on Pinterest because there is a link to the website. I’m not sure whether search engine bots would follow these links but I think they will and so they improve search engine optimisation. I don’t see a ‘no follow’ in the code and so I assume this will improve search. People will also click the pictures and visit the websites and so it’s a subtle form of advertising and publicity.
- Why Pinterest Aligns Perfectly With The Today Show’s Content Strategy(mashable.com)
- Making Pinterest Work for Photographers (blogs.photopreneur.com)