Proper Pinning

I love Pinterest – but there are a couple of things that frustrate me due to the inherent problems that arise from this type of site.  Tons of freedom and large numbers of imperfect human users have created some problems:

  1. With freedom to use any description you like, searching for key words really only displays a fraction of the useful pins that exist on the site. (Pins described as ‘cute’ will not show up in a search for ‘lamp’)
  2. Pretty often, I run across a picture that I would love to see more about only to realize that the original pin is linked to a search engine, to a blog that is not the original source (and does not link to the original source) or to the blog’s home page which makes it extremely hard to find the original post.

When I pin something, I want to be able to reference the original source in the future, so I tend to be OCD about finding the source post.  I have a couple of tools I have started using to make it easier:  Google Image Search and TinEye Reverse Image Search.  I like Google best, but usually I get at least a few links containing the image I am trying to find.  So I just go through the links until I find the original source.  It is time consuming sometimes, but I like having it right for future reference.

This is not to say that I don’t have any pins that are linked to the wrong websites, but I try to correct the links when I find one that is wrong.  If you find that you have an incorrect link on one of your pins, all you have to do is hit ‘edit’ and type the correct link into the ‘link’ field.

To read more about this, I also found a similar post by a designer out of Oregon.

Published by Leslie

I think Habitual Rearranger fits me well because I am never settled on designs, colors, or placement of items in our home. I drive Bradley crazy sometimes, but I keep figuring out new and better ways of doing things! I am not striving to be profound or an expert on anything in this blog. It is simply a way to keep a record of all of my adventures - home and life - for me to reference and also for my loved ones to follow along. I am a born and raised Georgia girl. I don't think I would enjoy living anywhere except the south. Bradley and I spent six and a half years in our starter home and are now in our forever home, a 1970s traditional two story brick house. I love getting into all kinds of projects around our house, and I try to document all the dirty details here if for no one else than for me.

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  1. Well said…i fall victim to this as well…and have been guilty of incorrect pinning myself.

    1. We all have! I just hope that I am getting better at pinning correctly, and in-turn anyone repinning one of my items will have it right too!

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