Like pretty much anyone else on the planet with a decent WiFi connection and oodles of free time (or not so free time), I love me some Pinterest. It helps me with meal planning, blog inspiration, and many other totally legitimate things, on top of the hours of entertainment I get from just browsing and re-pinning like some sort of virtual kleptomaniac.
However, as a creator of content on the internet, I am also sensitive to probably one of the biggest issues with Pinterest: a chronic lack of proper attribution on pins. I’m sure you’ve run across this many times yourself. You see an awesome bit of Doctor Who fan art on the Geek feed and you just sort of mindlessly re-pin it before you realize that the creator’s name doesn’t appear anywhere on the pin.
Oh well, that’s the nature of Pinterest, right?
No. I say. We can do better.
We can actually fix these mistakes and pin with a clear conscious.
And I’m gonna show you how.
The first thing you’re gonna want to do is download and install the Search by Image (Google Image Search) extension for your browser. I happen to use Chrome, so I got the extension here. This will allow you to right-click on an image to instantly search Google using that image, which will be super important very soon.
Next, go to Pinterest and open the board you want to start tidying up. I usually try to do this once a month when I’m vegging in front of the TV, but I suppose you could do it as soon as you add a new pin. I’m not quite that organized, but maybe you are.
Take a close look at the URL underneath the pin. Where does it go? Is it a DeviantArt page? Someone’s blog. A random image sharing site? A Google search result?
Typical URLs that are immediate red flags for proper attribution: 24.media.tumblr.com, google.com, imgur.com, etc.
If you see something that looks like it might be hinky, click the image and see what the URL it opens looks like. Sometimes this will actually give me the info I need and I’ll just update the description for the pin. If that doesn’t give you any more information, right click to do an image search:
Voila! All better.
Now you can rest easy knowing that you’ve made the internet just a little bit better for artists and Pinterest just a little more useful too. Good job!