Why I Deleted My Pinterest Boards
So I finally did it.
I deleted my Pinterest boards.
I decided to do it about a week ago but I found myself putting it off. I’ve been busy with deadlines and client work so I told myself I’d do it soon. Soon turned into another week gone by and I still hadn’t done it.
By pinning we are agreeing that we own the copyright of the image we are uploading/pinning. How many of us pin our own stuff? Pinterest actually discourage you from doing that!
We also state that we grant Pinterest the license/ right to sell our work that we pin…How is that OK?
I’m not going to go into full details here as it has already been said by so many others. This post from Direct Match Media explains it well and this post by Anile from Girl Friday adds some more interesting points.
Despite great articles like these I wondered if I was over thinking this. Why am I not ok with this, what is wrong with me?- I felt like I was one of only a handful of people in the world who has a problem with this. So what do I do?
My answer came from revisiting my values and what I decide and believe is OK or not OK. It comes down to my value system, no-one else’s. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about everything that they encounter in the world. I decided to delete my boards (my account is still there) because it felt right for me.
I thought about it for days. I dreamt about it. I stalled, hoping Pinterest would address these concerns before I went through with it.
But they didn’t.
The first boards were hardest, I looked through them for one last time, taking in the gorgeous images I had collated. Then I remembered the images were not mine, I did not have express permission to repin them and with that I stopped looking through and just deleted them.
A strange thing happened after I deleted the first few boards, I felt lighter!
Now I’ve done it, I feel liberated. A huge weight is off my shoulders.
Out of all my boards and pins there was one (ONE!) image that I wanted to keep track of. It linked to an easy tutorial for painting a kids t-shirt. So I went to the blog and bookmarked the blog post. It felt so old school I almost laughed out loud!
This is what we did before Pinterest and this is what I’ll be doing from now on. If I see something I like I’ll bookmark the post to come back to. No re-publishing content, no dodgy licensing to worry about- just a bookmark to return to the site and view the post and tutorial when I get the time and in the place that the originator intended.
I think I can live with that.
I’d love your thoughts on this. Am I overthinking it? Do you believe everything posted on the web is fair game?
UPDATE: Pinterest have responded- sort of. What do you think? Is this enough?