UPDATE: I'm holding off on sharing any Photo Stack Exchange content on Pinterest since so many of you seem to have concerns about Pinterest's TOS and what it does to the licenses on your content. If Pinterest changes their TOS or there's a consensus among our community here, we'll revisit the issue.
Pinterest is an online bulletin board of sorts - users pin images, write notes about what they love, and organize them into different "boards."
Opinions among photographers seem split on whether Pinterest is the best thing to happen to photography or if it's a devilish tool that means the death of all attribution to photographers and will just lead to reproduction of images regardless of rights.
I am putting together a plan for a Stack Exchange Pinterest account, with the idea being that Stack Exchange as a brand can start participating in the broader conversations about topics we have sites for. Subjects that are popular on Pinterest and have a corresponding SE site are:
- DIY/Home Improvement\
- Gardening & Landscaping
- Food (corresponds to Seasoned Advice)
- Fitness & Nutrition (less popular on Pinterest than the other topics)
The goal of trying out a Stack Exchange Pinterest account is to meet potential new users in a place where they are already congregating. Pinterest has had explosive growth in the past six months, and its primary demographic is different enough from most Stack Exchange sites' current demographics for it to be worth a shot.
Each of the above topics would be its own board on the Stack Exchange Pinterest account. Content ("pins") would include content from our own sites as well as interesting content from elsewhere around the Internet.
For photography in particular, I think that pinning the winning photos of the Weekly Featured Image contest, and also some of the Blog Overflow posts and great questions or answers that have images as part of the answers, would be a great way to expose a new audience to some of our content.
My question for you all is this:
Are you in favor of, or against, having your Stack Exchange content pinned on Pinterest? How do you want your photo credited if it's posted on Pinterest? My plan is to write user names in the pin description, since that is what is attached to the image when you answer a photo of the week thread here on meta.
Everything that I would post to Pinterest would link back to the original source, and include some sort of author/photographer attribution in the description. The original source would be the meta thread for photo of the week, the actual Q&A page for any questions or answers shared, and the permanent Blog Overflow URL for any images shared from blog posts.
I'd love to hear any and all thoughts you guys have on the matter before I get started.