Journalism in the Public Interest

We’re Experimenting with Pinterest. What Do You Think?

Everybody’s pinning. We want to know if you use the photo-sharing social network – and what you think of it.

We’re experimenting with Pinterest, the fast-growing social network that lets you collect and share photos and video.

Our thought is that the network is most useful as an easy-to-use bookmarking tool, a place to collect things you’d like to do in the future. That’s why we’ve arranged most of our boards according to medium, rather than topic.

But it’s still in its nascent stage, and we’re really just trying to figure out how we can make this thing useful for people.

That’s where you come in.

We’d love your feedback: What do you think? Which board are you most likely to follow? Would you rather see us focus on infographics or campaign finance? Do you use Pinterest, and if so – how?

You can either take the poll below, or leave your answers in the comment section. Either way, check out our boards, and let us know what you think.


Don’t use it, never will, requires Facebook, which I don’t use.

I won’t use it either. Make sure you read their ToS. They own any infographic you put there.

I find all these “sharing sites” to be too jumbled, and never touch a link that points to one anymore.

Yes, it’s possible to curate a collection better, but if you’re going to do that, why give some semi-anonymous company control over your data when the “ProPublica Nerds” do such a fine job on everything else around here?  Download some low-maintenance gallery software and run it at or something.

That said…infographics?  Really?  Eh.

I read.  After decades of practice, getting information out of well-written text is easy, whereas disassembling second-rate graphic design for the content isn’t.  And too many infographics have been…let’s say “liberal in the interpretation of facts” (or “outright lying,” in simpler terms) for any of them seem credible.

(I don’t think the poll likes me.  I told it, no, I don’t use Pinterest, and it tells me there are ten questions to the poll, with no indication of what the second through tenth might be.  Could be a feature, but if it’s a bug, I wanted to flag it.)

I don’t like Pinterest because the way they allow you to clip anything from any site and then say that they are not responsible for any copyright infringement you may incur, even if you link to the original source, is too much of a worry for me.  I can see bad things coming from using that site.

You coulda called it reporting bones
You coulda called it reporting outlines
You coulda called it reporting drafts
But you didn’t have to call it reporting recipes
Cause cooking ain’t what its about.

Depends on the editorial judgement of the pinner.  That includes copyright consciousness.  For me, probably not worth the effort.

*eClipse:  It is not necessary to have an Fb account. I don’t have one and never will. Fb is not the only means with which one can create a Pinterest account. People also can sign up with a Twitter account and/or an email. NB: were Pinterest to resort to peddling one’s private info a la Fb, I will close that account.

*Tina, according to their newly revised and posted ToS, the don’t own any posted infographic.

*Heidi, © infringement occurs if/when you benefit financially from using copyrighted material that is otherwise freely available on the Internet. Those who do not want their property pinned, can and do protect themselves with an app that will thwart your efforts to copy such property. (And a great many website owners use the app.) If you want to use somebody else’s ©property in connection with your income generating endeavour, contact the owner and negotiate for a license. It’s only fair. The © infringement brouhaha was aimed primarily at Pinterest who did harm themselves when they didn’t disclose the use of the Slimlinks app, which allows them to claim a small amount from any transaction that had occurred using a posted link. Kind of like a credit card does, or any online seller. Such an option simply replaces the cost that is otherwise spent of advertising. It’s, apparently, Pinterest’s source of income that, so far, protects the site from ads. Works for me! Once the ads start showing up - I’m gone.

Oh, and the poll sucks. Next time, Pp, invite an articulate grown up with a clue about how Pinterest works to design the poll. And a tech who knows what s/he is doing.

Basic question: would I pin articles and/or videos? Most emphatically yes. Why? Because Pinterest is a very good forum to quickly grab attention of the average grossly uninformed American. A good graphic and a short comment offering a quick summary of the article has a better chance of being read than blogs. I am surprised every time I see who clicks to read my postings about issues ignored, or under-reported, by the mass media.

The majority of the public has never heard of ProPublica, Foreign Policy, Alternet, Salon, Moyers and Co., and so many other alternative, foreign and domestic sources of information. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t care. Many simply don’t know where or how to look for good sources of info. Pinterest makes for a good news silo. Among other good things about it.

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