Rules to Pin By: Pinterest Etiquette

It’s easy to forget your manners when you’re stashed away behind the protection of a computer screen. However, social media sites – like any other social interaction – require a certain level of courtesy and respect for others. As one of the newest social-networking favorites, Pinterest is no exception. Stick to these guidelines and you’ll be “Pinterest Perfect.”

Give credit properly. If you pin an image from a certain site, make sure it links to that site. Don’t try to misdirect your followers by using someone else’s image and linking to your own site. It’s unethical and misleading.

Don’t pin images that are too small or too large. The point of Pinterest is to share quality photos of varying topics that will engage other users. Pixelated or blurry photos will look sloppy so take the time to resize.

Report inappropriate content. Pinterest does not allow nudity, images that convey hateful messages, or any posts that encourage users to harm themselves or others. Report anything that goes against these rules.

Include a caption. Captions give context to what you’re pinning. Include a small description to back up your images.

Refrain from “over-pinning.” Please, please PLEASE stop yourself before going on what I like to call a “Pinge” (Pinning-Binge). It fills up your followers’ feeds and often looks like spam. Fifty pins in an hour is unnecessary.

Spread the love. Don’t hesitate to like and comment on the pins of others. Pinterest is a social-networking tool so interacting with other users is encouraged. Like you would with Facebook or Twitter, keep it positive!

What other Pinterest “rules” do you swear by? Share them with us in the comments!

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