Pinterest, the virtual pinboard of inspiration, has been all the rage for awhile now. My hesitation to jump on board has been multi-fold. For one, there are hardly enough hours in the day to get what I need to get done, nor to I need yet another excuse to get lost deeper in the web than I already am. My main concern has been about crediting. I’m a huge proponent of giving credit where credit is due, and furthermore, I always and digging into information to find out who is behind a website, photo or whatever it may be. For me the story behind the image is just as interesting as the image itself.
In the past week I’ve seen so many people and organizations joining in from Design*Sponge to my alma mater and even the US Army. Like most of social media, I think one of the most interesting things about Pinterest is the various ways different groups can use the pinboards in unique and interesting ways. The possibilities are still young and developing, but it’s exciting seeing creativity in action.
I started an account awhile back, but I wasn’t sure the best way to use it. Then it hit me – it’d be a fantastic way for people to discover my Boarding Pass series in new ways. And instead of strictly being able to search for information by the person featured that week, now the content and inspiration can be cross-referenced. And most importantly, I’d be able to give credit to the source behind the image… that is until it’s re-pinned, and beyond the original website, the source information disappears into the nether-nets. I didn’t get too far into my board inspired by “Boarding Pass: Travel Journals” when I came across this Business Insider article looking at the legalities behind the site. Now I feel myself completely torn how to move forward. If it’s going to be pinned, I’d rather it go to the initial source, and I love all the inspiration and ways of organizing it for new ways of referencing, but when credits disappear, it kills me. What about you? What are your thoughts on Pinterest?
If you haven’t checked it out, you can see my first semblance of a pinboard here.
P.S. Speaking of giving credit, I’m still a huge fan of this “Giving Credit” poster by Pia Jane Bijkerk.