How to Spot a Fake Pinterest Account

Fake Michelle Obama Pinterest Account
How can you spot when a Pinterest account is a fake?

Just like many other social networking sites, Pinterest has seen a rise in the number of people pretending to be brands and celebrities. These virutal squatters will occasionally make a good attempt at pretending to be somebody (or something) they’re not, but a lot of the time satirical content gives the game away.

One popular example of a fake Pinterest account is the Michelle Obama impersonator. While her health campaigns were in full swing, a Pinterest impostor set up an account under her name and began posting images of restaurants that serve lots of junk, posting “Places where I’ve consumed incredible amounts of calories while campaigning for America to eat healthier.” Clearly, that was not Michelle Obama, it was a fake pinterest account set up by somebody attempting to use her image as a form of humor.

Sometimes it is a little harder to spot a fake Pinterest account that is trying to parody a celebrity or politician. One person who has recently been impersonated on Pinterest is Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France. At first, the pins posted under his account consisted of images of his wife, which seems perfectly plausible for a couple in the public eye. However, slightly out of character pins were used, such as yachts he wanted to buy and pens he had stolen. This is a great demonstration of how slips in a professional attitude could indicate that a Pinterest account is fake. If in doubt, consider whether it is really likely that a public figure of any kind would show an unprofessional attitude.

Spotting a fake Pinterest account imitating a cooperation takes a little more work, but it is still possible. While a genuine account will pin their latest innovations, as well as anything that reflects their general company ethos, a fake one will be way off the mark. Fake brand Pinterest accounts may focus on certain elements of their business, and not their latest news. Remember, Pinterest is every inch the marketing tool for well-known companies, so they will not be pinning irrelevant or out-of-date interests.

6 Reasons Why Your Pinterest Pins Might be Deleted

Reasons why a Pinterest pin might be deleted

Would you be annoyed if Pinterest started deleting your pins?

Pinterest do sometimes delete pins. But if they delete yours, you’re probably not following Pinterest’s rules.

One way Pinterest may delete a pin is if that pin gets reported by other users. Pinterest provide an easy way to report a pin. When you do so, you can choose from 6 different reasons for the report:

  1. Nudity or pornography
  2. Attacking a group or individual
  3. Graphic violence
  4. Hateful speech or symbols
  5. Spam
  6. Other

If one of your pins has been deleted, it’s likely that someone objected to it for one of these reasons.


7 Top Tools for Pinterest

There are now all manner of tools and applications to help you with Pinterest. These include the ability to search for information and to post more efficiently to your Pinterest board. Here are seven tools to enahance your Pinterest-using experience.

1. PinReach

Monitor current trends and assess your Pinterest achievements. Use this information to increase your influence and activity on the site.

2. Pin A Quote

If you like quotes, the Pin a Quote tool could be for you. This tool is a type of bookmarklet that needs to be added to the bookmarks toolbar in your web browser. Quotes that you highlight are able to be pinned to your Pinterest page.

3. SpinPicks

SpinPicks allows you to browse images from many sources to post on various Pinterest boards. The images are displayed at random in your browser.

4. WiseStamp Pinterest Email App

Place a “Follow Me on Pinterest” button to the signature in your email. Encourage recipients to follow you on Pinterest.

5. Snapito!

When you require a screen shot of a web page, the Snapito! app is a valuable tool. This tool includes an option to pin a screen shot directly onto your Pinterest page.

6. Pinerly

This tool allows you to easily streamline Pinterest site browsing. The dashboard interface is used to follow other site users.

7. Pinspiration

If you have a Windows Mobile Device, this app will allow you to browse images that can be posted to various Pinterest pages. The tool is only available for a Windows Mobile Device.


10 Expert Pinterest Tips

Pinterest has great potential as a marketing and social media website. To get the greatest benefit, study these top 10 Pinterest tips.

1. Demographics

Pinterest has a very different demographic than other social networking websites. Nearly 70 percent of its users are female, and 50 percent of users have children. Over 28 percent of all users have an income greater than $100,000 per year. If you plan on using Pinterest to market your product or service, keep these figures in mind and market towards this demographic accordingly.

2. Pictures

Since Pinterest is visual, obviously you will need to include a picture on your website. You can also go one step further and create special graphics just for Pinterest. Combine pictures into a photo collage, but keep in mind that long and narrow pictures work best on Pinterest.

3. Pin Other Items

While it may be tempting to pin only items from your site, this is a big turn off for your followers. Pin things your followers will be interested in such as products that complement yours and great ideas from other sites. Pinterest users quickly tire of seeing only pins from one brand and will soon unfollow you.

4. Curate Interesting Boards

People follow you because they like your style, so use your unique style to create visually stunning boards. Find products and ideas that your followers will like. Tell your followers why you think they will like it in the comment by including details about the item.

5. Follow Popular Users

This idea started on Twitter, and it seems to be working on Pinterest too. Most popular followers will follow back, which helps other users find your boards.

6. Earn Trust

Earn the trust of your followers by pinning interesting and relevant information. Respect their time by spreading out your pins throughout the day. Once you build a relationship with them, they are more likely to like and repin your items.

7. Engage Your Followers

Pinterest allows users to comment on other user’s pins and like pins. Make comments on other pins or ask questions in the comments of yours. Try to learn more about your followers and what they like or what types of items they like to see pinned.

8. Contests

Hold a contest or promotion for users to create themed boards. For example, they can select one item from your store and create a board with other items that complement that item. Give a prize to the best board based on your opinion or a vote.

9. Advertise Pinterest On Other Sites

Add a link to your profile to your blog or website. Post the link on your Facebook business page and Twitter account to gain new followers.

10. Organize

Keep your boards organized so users can follow those they are interested in. If users get bombarded with pins they aren’t interested in, they are likely to unfollow all of your boards.

Pinterest has great potential to drive traffic to your site if used properly. Respect your followers and their time by posting interesting pins they will find informative. Many sites report that Pinterest directs more traffic than Google Plus and YouTube combined, so this is one social networking site you do not want to ignore.

What Every Pinterest User Ought to Know About Copyright

In recent months Pinterest has become hugely popular. For those of you who have been hiding under an electronic rock, Pinterest is a social network that allows users to share pictures, artwork and other information on an online pin-board. Of course, users are not sharing only things they have created, they are sharing content they have found around the Internet. Pinterest is a part of the recent boom in online curation, the gathering together of material that might be of interest to other users.

There is a common misconception among web users that anything that is on the web is fair game, and can be shared freely. This is not the case. Social networks like Google+ and photo-sharing sites like Flickr have been buzzing with the comments of disgruntled photographers who perceive “sharing” as “stealing”.

So, what’s the problem? Under the law, when a person creates a item of content, be it an image, a video, a poem or an audio recording, they own the copyright of that creation. This is basically what it sounds like, they have the right to copy their work and make derivatives of it; other people do not. Creators do not have to explicitly claim their copyright, they automatically own it. Just because an image does not have a notice on it saying it is under copyright, does not mean that it isn’t. It’s up to the person who wants to share it on Pinterest to ensure that the image is not owned by someone else.

Aren’t the photographers being a little bit mean and stingy about this? Well, no – selling the rights to their work is how they make a living. If their work ends up all over the Internet and they get nothing in return, then they have wasted their effort, and that has a real cost for them.

When someone owns a copyright, they can license it to other people. They can license it for money, or they can place it under a license which allows sharing freely or allows sharing with some conditions. Many photographers release their pictures under a Creative Commons license, of which there are many variations. Some allow free sharing everywhere, including for commercial gain; some allow you to share the picture, but only if you put the creator’s name on it and don’t make any money from it, and so on. If you want to share something on Pinterest, you should find out what license it is released under, and abide by the terms of that license. Many photographers will allow you to share their work if you put a link back to where you got it from on Pinterest. They like people to see their work, that’s why they make it in the first place, but it does them no good if no one knows who makes it.

In some cases it may be possible to claim an exemption to copyright under fair-use laws. But, this is often not the case with work shared on Pinterest. Fair-use applies to sharing work in order to criticize it or comment on it and then only the relevant part of the work can be copied. Pinterest takes the whole work, often without any fair-use justification. There is a lot of debate around this issue, and the courts have yet to build a sufficient body of case law to be sure, but, as it stands, sharing content you don’t own on Pinterest could get you in trouble.

It is part of Pinterest’s Terms of Service that users do not upload copyright infringing content to their site and if a user chooses to do so, the user is the one responsible and is on the hook for legal fees. Pinterest can claim justification under safe-harbor laws, users cannot. It’s best to be careful, and no matter how much you admire a work and want to share it with your friends, be sure you have the legal right to do so.

How to Add a Price to a Pinterest Pin

Not everyone is aware of this, but it’s very easy to add a price to anything you pin on Pinterest.

It’ll get displayed in a little ribbon across the top left corner of your image.

To get the price ribbon to appear, all you need to do is mention a price somewhere in the description box. For example: “This box costs just $14.95”.

Pinterest currently recognises prices in dollars ($) an British pounds (£), but doesn’t (yet) recognise Euros.

If a price in pounds is listed as well as one in dollars, the one in pounds wins.