Pin Etiquette on Pinterest

Tired of half naked people floating around on Pinterest?

If it’s James Marsden, maybe not. ūüôā

You don’t have to put up with profanity or nudity, you just need to report it.

Here’s the rules when it comes to Pinterest, ¬†according¬†to the Pin¬†Etiquette¬†article found on Pinterest¬†here.*

1. Be nice. Pinterest is a community of people. Individual taste is personal, but be respectful in your comments and conversations.

I once had someone pin the chicken coop my husband and I built, and they called it a dog house. I am¬†embarrassed¬†to admit I was offended! Then on second look… yup. It kind of does look like a dog house.

2. Credit your sources. Pins are the most useful when they have links back to the original source. If you notice that a pin is not sourced correctly, leave a comment so the original pinner can update the source. Finding the original source is always preferable to a secondary source such as Google Image Search or a blog entry.

Even though the picture often takes you back to the source, it’s always nice to say where it came from in your description.

No source:

Source listed:

I¬†always¬†try to also include if the pin is a true DIY project or not. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is thinking I am going to a tutorial, and ending up at an Etsy store.

3.  Avoid Self Promotion. Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion.

Don’t ya just love it when people¬†only¬†pin their own stuff? ūüôā

I must admit pinning this pin above and including the self love just felt¬†weird! I deleted it as soon as I took this picture. According to Pinterest, it’s okay to pin a great idea you made yourself. Chances are though, if you have friends that follow your blog, they will do it for you.

What do you guys think about pinning family and friends? I do it all the time. I even pinned a cool wood box that my husband made and sold in his Etsy shop. I made sure I put in the description it was an item for sale, but I didn’t feel bad at all showing my pride in his work.

4. Report¬†Objectionable¬†Content.¬†Pinterest does not allow nudity or hateful content.¬†If you find content that is objectionable or violates the Pinterest¬†Terms of Service¬†you can submit the content for review by pushing the ‚ÄúReport Content‚ÄĚ link.

Sorry James Marsen.

I would like to feel comfortable surfing Pinterest while sitting with my kids next to me on my couch. As of right now, I’m not going to do it. You just never know what you might scroll into on the main page. I’m not even talking nudity either. The pins all about weight loss and body image are something I don’t feel comfortable with my teen viewing over my shoulder. Motivation is good, super skinny girls promoting extreme weight loss is not. What do you think?

5. Let Pinterest know ¬†how to make it better. ¬†Let them know what’s working, what’s not.

Ummm, an iPad app maybe? How about rethinking Windows 7 and Android?

I find it hard to believe that Pinterest hasn’t heard our cries for better applications. If you want to try¬†anyway, here’s the best way to contact Pinterest:

*Pinterest disclaimer: The guidelines above are based on collective input from people using Pinterest, and compiled by the people working at Pinterest. These are suggestions to help keep the Pinterest community positive and to ensure that every pin is useful to other people.


Happy pinning everyone!


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Natalie Wright

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  • If your blog’s content is a collection of your inspiration, then posting that content isn’t so much self-promotion than it is a reorganization of the things that inspired you. I can understand why a pro photographer, for example, would want to pin only their stuff, and that’s against what Pinterest wants to be, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. I would unfollow their boards if I didn’t like it.

    Also, now that it’s come to light that Pinterest is inserting affiliate links with their id into our content without letting it be known to us, I can see why they do not want us to self-promote – they’re more interested in us posting things we want to buy or have bought. I don’t blame them, it’s a business model, but it definitely changes my outlook on what Pinterest is meant to be used for.