it's time to clean up.

Happy Monday, friends! In my opinion, this post is an important one, so please give me a minute to explain myself ;) I had a long to-do list on Saturday, but I spent a good three hours re-organizing my Pinterest boards. Was it necessary? No. Was it cathartic? Absolutely. It was so interesting to see how much my style has changed since I first jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon. 

I also started noticing an alarming trend. Many of my earlier pins had terrible sourcing. When I say terrible, some were linked to google.com or simply had no source at all. I couldn't believe it--and started feeling pretty awful I'd let it get that bad. This got me thinking: isn't the whole point of Pinterest being able to have a visual sourcebook for your inspiration? If so, why would we be linking to search engines? Shouldn't we be click through and actually find out more about the content? 


I spend a considerable amount of time creating my posts--and I know those of you who blog do the same. While somewhat flattering, it is beyond defeating to see your work used elsewhere without somehow getting credit. For photographers and designers, I can only imagine their extreme frustration when they see their work without their name attached. I realized I needed to do something to fix it. Fast.

While I didn't have time this weekend to go through and find the proper sourcing for all 1500 of my pins, I certainly plan to do so over the course of football season. {Does anyone else seem to get so much more done when football is on for an entire Sunday? I know I do.} I know it won't happen overnight, but I'll feel so much better once it is done. It's so important.

How exactly am I going to clean up my Pinterest? This bookmarklet searches the interwebs to find all pages with any particular image. {Lisa told me about this incredible resource earlier this year.} Everyone should have it. It's an easy drag+drop into your bookmarks bar--much like the one you use for Pinterest. It may take some digging, but you'll probably find some other great content in the process.

I'd love it if you joined me in this clean-up! It will go a long way to keeping Pinterest around for many years to come. If we're not cognizant of it now, we may lose this resource we love so much due to major legal issues from improper sourcing. {I know that sounds a little "doomsday", but trust me--I've heard rumblings of such issues already!} I'll get off my soapbox now, but thank you for listening.

If you'd like to join this clean-up, help to spread the word on twitter using the #cleanupyourpinterest hashtag and this shortened link: bit.ly/cuypin1 :) xoxo {av}

134 comments:

  1. I've been noticing the sources on my pins as well (and I have a lot). I've cleaned up my boards, but actually didn't think about cleaning up my pins (except for some I've found real links for). I'm definitely joining in! It'll take me a while as well, but it's something that needs to be done!!!

    Alissa
    FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

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    1. I think another easy way to help other pinners clean up the pins is to write that a real source cannot be found in the comments of that pin. Eventually that pin will stopped being pinned and maybe those who pin these will change how they pin. Plus, I appreciate when someone lets me know it is a bad pin and then I can move on to the good pins. I love Pinterest and hope it is here to stay.

      God bless.

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    2. I do that all the time, but I always felt like such an a$$ for pointing out the pin was bad. Thank you, because I will keep doing it now AND not feel bad!

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    3. I just saw this pin and I totally agree. I have over 5,000 pins and have been trying to get the correct sourcing whenever I can. I have been noting when the link is broken, the pin goes only to the image, or when the artist doesn't get credit and I can't track it down. I've spent days just on trying to get the pins cleaned up. I'm going to try the bookmarklet to see if that saves me some time.

      Another thing I've done is created an "Artist Connections" board. There is one pin per artist that lists their Blog, YouTube channel and their Pinterest link. So far I've only been listing my favorites. But am considering others. The problem is that I need some formatting options like "bold text" and the option to enter line returns to make them easier to read. I've submitted a feature request to the team.

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    4. WOW! I read this & thought I was reading some of my own words. :-) I have been trying to correct pins made as a newbie, and on my way to use these ideas to clean up my Pinterest account. As a matter of fact, I'm posting this link onto my "about" profile. Thank you for the inspiration. #ChrisSinc (a Pinterest Junkie)

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    5. Thank -you for addressing this. I didn't really think about this, but of course, try to be aware of proper social etiquette, and as someone starting a new blog want to be authentic. I am spreading the word as well as cleaning up my Pinterest boards. Great information.

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  2. YES. I'm adding this to my never ending to-do list. Ugh. I also love reverse google imaging!!! I sometimes find images off pinterest and realize the "source" (I use this lightly) is some random Tumblr.... reverse google image and voila. The correct source (nearly always) shows up.

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    1. What is reverse google imaging?

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    2. You can drag/drop an image into google image search and it comes up with the locations of that image on the web :)

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  3. brilliant! i recently spent way too much time reorganizing and retitling boards, but i will definitely join your clean up pinterest movement! my early pins are a mess source-wise as well. go team!

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  4. I have three major pet peeves with Pinterest

    #1 Pins that aren't categorized. I hate when I search in the general categories and I'm overwhelmed with pins that have nothing to do with DIY & Crafts.

    #2 Pins that don't have a specific source

    #3 Bloggers who credit images on their blog to Pinterest. That's the worst kind of secondary sourcing possible!

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  5. YES. Thank you for this link. I have been slowly trying to do this and it has not been going quite as planned. I want to do a little each day!

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  6. This is SO helpful! Thanks for sharing! xox

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  7. I will definitely be joining you on cleaning up my pinterest account! I never thought about cleanin up my actual pins and not just by boards! Thanks for the awesome tips!

    xoxo, chelsea

    www.sweetpeachcouture.blogspot.com

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  8. Oh this makes me realize I should go through and do some cleaning up too. It always makes me frustrated when I click on a pin only to realize it doesn't actually link to the source but to someone else's tumblr or something. Argh. Maybe I'll take some time soon to clean up my Pinterest too.

    I'll have to check out that bookmarklet you mentioned, because I have no idea what that is.

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  9. LOVE this idea! And yes I definitely get SO much done on Football Sundays! xo, Julie
    www.fromproseccotoplaid.com

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  10. I am definitely going to join in and start the clean up - and I will NOT let procrastination get the better of me!
    #cleanupyourpinterest x

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  11. I started doing this at the beginning of the summer + it's really such a process. I also noticed that my style has really evolved in the past year + I've found my niche so to speak. Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to Pin it in hopes that more people jump on the #cleanupyourpinterest movement! xoxo, eliza

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  12. I agree! It's so annoying to find a pin and then turns out to be "uploaded by user." Before I re-pin anything, I always check to make sure it comes from the correct source.

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  13. i think this is a fabulous & extremely important initiative. i will definitely be cleaning up my pinterest boards - giving proper credit is tantamount.

    also: i ADORE those monogrammed sunnies. i'm going to have to pick some up!

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  14. I definitely need to do this! I'll add it to my Sunday list as well. I definitely got a lot done yesterday - so you aren't the only one!

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  15. Another part of my life to organize?? Totally on board! I hate when I find a great pin and click to get more info and it doesn't exist.

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  16. I've slowly but surely started the process of organizing my Pinterest, too! These tips were so helpful--I'm on board!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  17. Oo these sounds like a great idea! Definitely gonna need to clean up my Pinterest.

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  18. So excited! I've been wanting to purchase the sunglasses and now I have the perfect excuse! Can't wait to get them in.

    On the pinterest thing.. I cleaned mine out a few months ago and man was it a task! I still need to go through and delete the few with faulty link though.


    Have a great week!

    Clarissa

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  19. I am so with you on this! Lately I've been putting together a few boards from my finds on Pinterest, and I just couldn't believe how few real linked sources there were. I hate how so many just link to Tumblr. I need to go back and edit, I know I've repinned things that are poorly sources!

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  20. This is a great link! When I first started pinning I didn't pay much attention to sources but I definitely do now. Adding this to my to-do!

    Stephanie

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  21. I have been doing this as well! I use Google image search and love that it can be a bookmark! It makes the process so much simpler. Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. I'm so glad you wrote about this and are cleaning up your boards. I definitely need to do the same. This is the number one reason why so many photographers I know don't like pinterest - not getting proper credit for their work.

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  23. This was a great post! I've tried to sit down and clean up my Pinterest a few times and then usually get too overwhelmed and stop. That bookmark is awesome, it will make it so much easier! Thanks so sharing!

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  24. LOVED THIS!

    I totally agree! It's tricky to get through all those massive amounts of pins, but I'm definitely trying to do the same. It's also unfortunate when you see a great pin and there's no link behind it! It's happened to me a few times for recipes. Such a bummer.

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  25. Once again, you are fabulously on your game! Great suggestion, I've officially put the little link guy (what do you call it?) in my bookmark so that I can begin to track down image sources. xo
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  26. this is such a good post A! :) so frustrating to see bloggers not be credited for their posts- ALSO, hate when the links are to spam, that irks me!

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  27. Great tips! Nothing bothers me more than seeing images incorrectly credited! In fact, yesterday I saw a large company pin something incorrectly!

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  28. I've cleaned up mine! Much easier since I only have about 300 but that's after I deleted a ton of things I realized I would never actually make and things that had no real source. I love it so much more now, I can easily find my recipes and actually make them. And maybe I made boyfriend a very easy to navigate christmas wish list ;)

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  29. I love the post. I need to do this too. But I hate that after you do a pin of clean up, Pinterest makes you go back to the board and it reloads. Anyone else have this problem??

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  30. I think you should visit my Pinterest :) elleseesyou

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  31. i definitely need to do the same! pins from tumblr are the worst for me. i always have a hard time finding the original source. thanks for sharing!

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  32. I'm so glad I'm not the only person who spends hours doing this! Haha. I stopped embedding images from Pinterest on my blog at one point because I was so frustrated with the poor sourcing, but then I realized I could just add the correct sources myself and make it easier for everyone! The most irritating thing for me, however, is when I trace an image back to a major website like the Wall Street Journal and THEY don't even have it properly sourced. Shame on them.

    Thanks for sharing!

    pinterest.com/megancstroup

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  33. I sortof understand what your talking about when you say 'proper sourcing' but not entirely....and I totally want to be on board when it comes to giving someone credit and wouldn't want to upset anyone...so for the occasional 'looker and pinner' on pinterest can you please explain in far great detail what you are all talking about? :)

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    1. The commenter directly below gets to the heart of the matter: you want to make sure the click-through URLs of what you pin go to the actual source of the image (rather than google or a tumblr).

      For the occasional 'looker and pinner", I say your goal should be to only repin images or "ideas" which go back to the website which first shared the content. Sharing an image on Pinterest which doesn't have proper sourcing defeats the purpose of this bookmarking website.

      The moral of the story is this: if you can't click through to find the recipe, instructions, etc, why repin it?!

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  34. It's simply about checking the good links/url of your pins, to see if they really direct you to the right sites/places and to delete/correct all those who don't. Better to do it asap, before one have to much pins.. :P

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  35. I'm with Tammie - I don't understand. I was able to bookmark the sourcing link you made available - I have it at the top of my screen on the favorites line. I did click a couple of pictures on my own website because I knew they were mine. One of the images was credited to someone else. When checking the image, how do you know the image owner is properly credited for it? I'm not.
    I'm new to Pinterest. When a pin says "uploaded by user", that means someone has swiped the image? When a pin says tumblr or google, the image owner has been dropped along the way?
    Sorry for all the questions but I'm just trying to understand:)

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    1. Proper sourcing simply means that the person who created the content gets the credit for the image on Pinterest (by having that image click through to the website which first shared the content). You're not the first person to find your content may be credited to someone else. This is, in fact, the whole reason for this post: when you find your work on other pages from this google source widget, it means that website has used your photo or content. In other words, you've essentially found the exact reason why I wrote this post: someone else used your work and now you're not getting the credit. Though I'm no legal expert, this is where legality comes in and things get fuzzy.

      To answer your question about the "uploaded by user"--yes, it frequently means the image was taken from someone else and proper credit was not given. It may mean that there is actually no link provided at all.

      When a pin says tumblr or google, the source has simply been dropped along the way. Doing your due diligence to find the source (using the bookmarklet etc) will help prevent further dissemination of an image on Pinterest which isn't sourced.

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    2. Unfortunately, I have realized, it's almost impossible to do anything once you discover some thing of yours being used by someone else. I came across one of my photographs pinned on pinterest, which surprised me since I removed them all from flickr months ago and they were under my copyright. When I followed the link it was to a tumblr site and there is no way to contact the user except the "ask" button, which as you may or may not know does not include a reply field. I have no way to have this photo removed from tumblr or pinterest. :(

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  36. This is something I've already done with my boards, and now I'm more mindful of my pins' sources. :)

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  37. Love this! Count me in! Thus has been making me crazy for quite some time and I really don't understand why people pin things with no source! I want the source, not just the image! Kudos to you!
    Audrey

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  38. Thank you very much for the link to the bookmarklet. Happy New Year!

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  39. Fabulous idea! I desperately need to go through my pins and this post inspired me to get started, even if it's a little at a time. Thanks!

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  40. This is a wonderful idea. I want to clarify something though -- not all "uploaded by user" photos are stolen! My friends and I do projects and upload photos, but we don't have blogs. The description of the pin is all we have.

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    1. I totally didn't think about that--very good point :) thank you so much!!

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  41. I use the secret board option to pin all my new things, then I go through and check them out before I pin them to my specific board. That way I know they are bonafide sites and everyone doesn't have to see all the pinning and changing my pin location when I find out it's spam or an etsy site.

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    1. Such a fabulous idea! I do the same thing--but with likes! I've sadly used up all my secret boards ;) great idea, CRBW!

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    2. I do them on my like board too...only problem is that now something pops up saying that i am "liking things too fast" and won't let me like or unlike anything. I can't seem to figure out how to get rid of that prompt. any ideas?

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    3. I am using the "like" method as well. This also helps me keep from spamming my followers when I'm surfing pinterest. I like all the things I'm interested in or want to follow up on and then later go back and sort through them,categorize and tag them, update the comment field so it's meaningful to me, and most importantly, I double check the website link to verify it is what it claims.

      J.

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    4. I am also using the "like" method, but when I discovered that there was a Pinterest app for my iPhone my likings skyrocketed. I have over 11000 likes and have no clue how to organize all those... makes me feel totally overwhelmed...
      Any suggestions how to deal with this??

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    5. I am so pumped about the "Like" ideas. My 'secret' boards are full too. Before reading this blog, I sent Pinterest a suggestion to allow more secret boards and/or a way to 'not publish' a pin/board until it's ready to be published. I was pinning so much that I was told that I was 'spamming' folks Pinterest feed with my pins. (I guess it's hard to win) :-) Well, I'm on my way to clean up my pins and I most certainly am onboard. Thanks bunches.

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  42. I've tried going back over my pins to clean things up. I spent 5 hours resorting images one day, obviously with breaks in there. But I only worked on 1-3 boards that day! I have way too many pins, but how to narrow the focus?? I have no idea!!
    http://pinterest.com/christinapertz/

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  43. Oh my, my, my!!! This is sooo time-consuming!!! The bookmarklet is nice, but it basically throws you right back to incorrectly credited pins :( But, I have time to kill, so off I go to trying digging to give credit so that I don't lose my Pinterest :)

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    1. The bookmarklet isn't foolproof--but if you dig a bit, it's worth it :) sometimes, I even find other great content to pin!

      One tip--click on the image at the top of that search page: often times, the bigger images can lead you to the source if you click through and dig around a bit. It isn't speedy, but it's worth it!

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  44. Are you supposed to send the pins to amazon?

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  45. Thanks for the bookmarklet resource ... I try to track down original source of pins (and have passed some good ones up when I cannot). This will help a lot. And, yeah, I've noticed my earlier pins are terribly sourced. Much different now.

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  46. Hello & THANKS....I'm new to Pininerest & resin freely many times I can't locate a products due to lack of info. I will make time to recatorigize to be more specific. I'm having issues using your link provided for cleanup, but get the gist on how to validate pins. THANKS to the other users for their patience & helpful posts like these for newbies like me!

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    1. Sadly, the bookmarklet isn't a total magic maker--you have to dig a bit! One tip I shared above is to click the image at the top of the search page and it can help lead you in the right direction :)

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  47. Being the rookie that I am I was actually able to go through all of my pins/boards but even with the bookmarklet's help it had been hard to find the source of all those images randomly labeled "uploaded by user" repin after repin after repin... I decided to delete those altogether even though I was "sad" to see some of them go :P CRBW's method seems like a good idea!

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    1. The "uploaded by user" pins are tricky--sometimes, they actually ARE uploaded by the user and it is their original content. They may not have a website, so this could be their method of sharing their content. There is no exact science, but being conscious of what your pinning is the best thing :) keep up the good work! ox

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  48. Just found this on Pinterest and plan on slowly but surely going through ALL my pins and likes. There are some good ideas in the comment here too! Thanks for posting this!

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  49. I was cleaning up my boards and pin the other day, and was wishing there was a mass selection tool for deleting pins from your boards. Until then, I have been slowly but surely taking a board a day and cleaning out old/broken pins. Doing it a day at a time seems less over whelming. Also as I "Pin now, read later"...at the end of my pinning session, I go check all my pins for the day to make sure they work, if not I delete them immediately. Just a few extra ideas for the pin cleaning.

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  50. I have been consciously trying to only pin (or repin) things that link to the original. If something links to tumblr, for example, I won't repin it. I will search for the original. If I can't find it, I'll "like" it, but not repin it. I can usually find the original, but there are an awful lot of things out there that seem to have no locatable source, sadly.

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  51. Definitely do not scrap all your "uploaded by user" pins. I'm sure there are many people like me who have no blog, but upload our own pics to share for inspiration. I have done this a lot with images from my garden, places I've been, scenic landscape pictures, sunsets, etc. There are tons of other things that are shared that way too I can only imagine... home decor... projects, and more. I would say definitely DO click through to find the original links when possible. But if it seems to come back to an "uploaded by user" pin with no known blog source, don't worry about it so much. It may very well be that a kind person is sharing their own content with us that way.
    Here is my biggest pet peeve with Pinterest: clicking on a link that takes me to a "members only" type of website wanting me to subscribe or join something to actually be able to see the item. Blech! Nope!

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  52. For quite some time, I've had this on one of my boards to read later. Finally got around to reading it today. I'd noticed not long after I got started on Pinterest that some pins didn't go any further than the image. I wanted instructions to go with those images or projects. So, I quit pinning ones with no sources, or blogs that explained where it came from or who created it. I guess I've been doing your clean-up for a while, but I will go back to check them a second time. Thanks for the reminder to give credit where credit is due.

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  53. I quit rep inning pics that are only images unless there is info to go with the pic. For my own pics that I've uploaded, I always include a story. Hopefully that's enough.

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  54. I wish it was that easy!! I have almost 6000 pins .. I've been with Pinterest since the beginning of it. I cut down a lot on my pinning recently (I just had a baby) and avoid pinning without actual sources (or the right one). Since about two years ago I started to slowly change the source to the correct one .. not only do I get the "google.com" or the "iphone pin" types but sometimes people will pin something that was blogged several times over and never actually the true source. Now I know that I have pinned things using my own photos, so you can't always dis-credit them. The sad thing is sometimes we will "spam" some of these pins as harmful when I know the actual source. So yes if we want to keep Pinterest around a long time, we need to clean up! :-)

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  55. Thank you for sharing these ideas! I too feel strongly about the importance of linking to the original source, and I'm willing to take the time to track it down, or choose not to repin if I can't find it. But I suspect some of my earlier pins (made before I was even aware of the issue) may be faulty; I need to take a look at them.

    Once you have your boards reorganized, I'd like to invite you to backup your pins, likes, and boards by going to my website, pin4ever.com. Lots of people have had pins and whole boards go missing due to hackers, accidents, and computer errors. A Pin4Ever back up has lots of great features: it keeps the links to the original sources, it lets you search your pins, and it lets you see and analyze your Top 100 most popular pins. I hope you'll visit our website for more info, and try a free backup to protect your pins!

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  56. So, if you don't have time to clean up your 1500 pins, where shall I find the time for my 14,000? I guess you ahve to start somewhere.

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  57. I have almost 24,000 pins and I certainly don't want to open each to see if each has a viable link. What I started doing is checking most links before I pin them, especially the recipes,DYI, and those that are supposed to to be instructional. I have even made comments on pins that have no link, "pretty picture of Cake, where's the recipe." All of this is still time consuming, yet I have gone back to my own pins and found pages have moved or no longer exists so, I'm guilty of the same thing. None the less, I keep pinning. I have made an effort to keep a functioning page/pins to share but "it ain't easy".

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  58. Like Lindsay and Jeanie I have a lot of pins. I've been going through them and noticed a couple things. First the person blogging has used the item from another site which used it from another site so I try whenever possible to go to the original post (as far as I can tell anyways) unless one of the others has better photos, recipe review, etc. Second I get distracted way too easily. Three hours later and while I've cleaned up 5 pins I've also added 50 more and bookmarked 30 other sites to go back and check later. Actually I lied it's more like 5 (or 6) hours later. I've considered a few times just starting over with a new account. Can you have more than 1 account?

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  59. I do this to my pins, especially the new ones, as I'm more aware of this issue. But I have to go back to the older ones & be systematic about it. Thanks for the post. =)

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  60. Any suggestions to alphabetize the boards on Pinterest? When you repin, the boards are in ABC order to select - when you go to your "page" they are all over the place.

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    1. You can move your boards around in whichever order you want. Next to "edit profile" near the top of your page, there is a button that looks like a square board with arrows. If you hover over it with your cursor it says "rearrange boards." All you have to do is click it and then drag your boards around. Mine are in alphabetical order.

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  61. What an amazing idea! I am going to get started right away!! Thank you so much! This makes my life and my blog much easier!

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  62. When you pin from facebook, there is no link back, and you don't know whose picture is it.

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  63. I've tried doing this so many times...and then end up taking a break (the procrastinator in me). Wish I would've started sooner because I definitely have an over-abundance in pins but hell or high water, it will be done! (As you mentioned, yes, probably once football season starts back up!) I actually did a paper on this exact issue for an Intellectual Property and Law class. The thing is, given the verbiage in Pinterest's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy the site is pretty much exempt from any legal issues. The fight will fall on users which Pinterest holds ultimately responsible for pinning content without proper permissions and proper credit/sourcing to the creators. (If anyone would be interested in reading it to learn more about what I'm talking about I'd be happy to share. Not to boast but it was an A+ paper, just so that you'll know it's legit.) As someone going into the Art & Design field I too find it to be a frustrating situation as I would hate to have my work spread about without receiving proper credit. It's no wonder professionals in the industry have issues with the site. It upset me to find that I'd been a culprit myself until taking that class and learning about the importance of creative and copyright licensing/law. It's sad that the issue stems from a matter of ignorance...It's important that those of us who are aware of the issue and understand the importance of it to get the word out and educate those oblivious to the issue...I'm so happy to have found this link and even happier that the pin led me to the original source of content :) Rock on ladies! Let's get organized!

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  64. One more thing I forgot...just an example of such ignorance. Forever ago I read a great little written piece called "Date a Girl Who Reads" by a girl from the Philippines named Rosemarie Urquico. I recommend everyone reads it, it's such a wonderful piece of writing.. Anyway, a few months ago I see a photo floating around Pinterest with a quote from the piece...the photo? Robert Pattinson (best known as Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series) and every pinner/commenter is just pushing it around giving him the credit! I immediately commented on as many as possible raising hell so that proper credit would be given. Anyway, I'm done!

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  65. Thank you! I have the same problem! I will start cleaning up boards pronto! Baby steps, right? Can't do it all in one day, but a little every day goes a long way. Thanks again!

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  66. Thanx, I din't know about this bookmark and I've just installed it onto my bar. Thanx a million! Alex

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  67. I'm not able to get the bookmarklet page / link to open. ;-( Anyone else having that problem? I think it sounds like a great way to tackle this job. Thanks for the great post.

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    1. Hi Jody--I haven't had anyone else mention that issue. Here is the link, in case you want to try again: http://jarred.github.io/src-img/ :) hope this helps! xoxo {av}

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    2. Yep. Neither link works. Maybe the site is down. I'll try again tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

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    3. My best advice would be to try a different browser--or try tomorrow! It's opening just fine on my end ;) apologies for your troubles!

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    4. Update: Tried it yesterday and it worked like a charm. Thanks. Cool tool.

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  68. I know this isn't a legal issue, but in the same vein, I hate the pins that are hoaxes, or don't work. Like the "make your own water marbles!" that isn't real, or the glow stick in a jar with glitter and water. It doesn't make "fairies", it just makes a mess. Oh, and the pornography ones are a real gemt too.

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  69. I've been working on this a little at a time for the past few weeks. You're right, it's going to take some time but I want to USE my pinterest, not just hoard it! I'll definitely pass it on!

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  70. awesome. I really hate finding a cool idea and then ending up with going no-where when I click on it. If I really like the idea I will look it up and remake the link and this will save me so, so, so much time. p.s. loved the sports comment!

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  71. thank ou for this. i will try to clean up my boards. i often browse and "like"a pin and later go back and find that it doesn't go anywhere or has nothing to do with the actual picture.... so i comment this... i enjoy Pinterest and unpin objectional or inappropriate pins.... i have "met"some very nice people on PInterest....

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  72. I agree completely. Started months ago.

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  73. Just found you today, but have to say I was concerned recently when I found pictures of four of painted rocks posted with no credit. These were painted in 2005-06 and posted on my Webshots page. Later I realized some where on my Facebook page too.

    At first it was cool to see them, but then disturbing to see them posted again and again without the slightest clue how they got there from the description. Guess I need to start adding my name to my online photos...

    Thanks for help figuring out how to clean my pins up too,
    Susan

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    1. Obviously -- you need to "sign" your ART ... or else take on a modern idea where you are contributing to millions of images. For example. Pics of the BEATLES. Fashion pics -- who was the designer? Do the Pinners really care? no. Pinning very personal things is giving it away. COnsider the web like a sack of clothes for the Salvation Army, your stuff is at the curb. If you wanna write your name on the BAg, well ... it's gonna end up in a pile anyway. I understand, but Pinterest is too enjoyable to be bothered by things. Take it as flattery if people like your painted rocks !!!! Your art is being enjoyed where it wouldn't be Purchased. Bravo! :-))

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  74. not sure if I'm really understanding...I use the bookmarklet and find the original source, but when I try to edit the pin on Pinterest it won't save the new source I put in. Do I have to create an entirely new pin to have the correct sourcing?

    Jillian

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  75. I have a special board for everything I pin. Then I go through those repins to check out fhe source. If there isn't a source I delete it. If there is a source I place it on my chosen board. I just hate when I try to find a recipe or whatever and there isn't one. If it is something I really want I will search for the source if not, I delete it.

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  76. I don't know what you're all talking about. I have so many boards and pins, -- to FIND the SOURCE -- would be impossible. If people want Credit, I think it's always wise to have the Artists NAME ... ON the artwork -- 17,000 pins.

    If you LOVE LOVE LOVE things. Make a 'Favorite" board, and to an enlarged screen save on those pics. I'd be afraid of losing pins by having some THING "clean up" for me. If I searched for Sources, Pinterest wouldn't be any fun at all.

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    1. if you click on the picture of an item in Pinterest, a bigger version of it opens. If you click on THAT bigger image, the original source, where the pinner got it from will appear, so you can see what the tutorial is about, or the availability of that rug, or how much the dress costs. That's what people mean. It is imbedded in your source pin, behind it, and not necessary to note, as long as it did not come from a google image or something like tumblr. Clean up just means that the original source is available.

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  77. Thank you for this very helpful post, and also thanks to those who responded and added their insight. I have been re-organizing my boards, but will go back and start checking sources on more of them.

    If you find a pic of your own with no credit, could you add a note under comments? Just a thought.

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  78. Thanks for this post! I need to clean up my pinterest as well! It is a hot mess ;)I always just used pinterest for my own shopping satisfaction. Now I have alot of work to do! www.thebeautypin.com http://pinterest.com/jenniekaybeauty

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  79. Thank you so much! This will be incredibly helpful personally and in my work!

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  80. Thank you so much! This will be incredibly helpful personally and in my work!

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  81. HI, nice to learn about the sourcing widget, thanks! I usually click to find out if a pin works before I re-pin it, but obstacles arise:
    PROBLEM !.
    I the source is not available:
    1. either they won't let me claiming it goes to inappropriate content pages, even though I have seen MANY other people repin that image, or
    2. the source is not on the page they send me to, but hidden in some former iteration of that blog, and it takes too long to search it, or their search does not work.
    3. It has expired.
    4. The url does not exist.
    Sometimes I just want the picture anyway, to remember it.
    My solution is to take a screen shot of the image and do a google search of it, (is that what person above meant by a reverse googe search?) then put that url in the box for Pinterest comments when I upload the picture from my desktop. That gives an original source and credit to the originator so if someone wants to buy that item, they can find it. Yes, it looks like it was uploaded by user, but it is not swiped.

    Sometimes, though this is not just a spot to find stuff, or tutorials, but simply a visual memory book, and the source is not actually that important, OR the source has essentially expired, as in a lace sweater from a store last summer is no longer available. Just because an image is 'Uploaded by User" does not mean it is bad content.

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  82. I'm not sure if this is working right. I put it in my bookmark bar. When I go to all of my pins and click it, every pin gets a ?upside-down question mark. When I click on one of those, it just takes me to google images and slows me a list of all the sites where the picture is contained. Is there a way for it to show you if the pin does go to a real source while on pinterest or is it working right, and I don't get how to use this? Thanks!

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  83. Thank you for your blog, I will look into this bookmark after this.

    I'm not sure if someone else also mentioned this: but I think there is also a job for Pinterest in this. To clean up it would be nice if one pins a picture from the right source and Pinterest should recognize/check this is the right source.

    But I would go a little bit furter: once one picture is already pinned by someone else, Pinterest should comment that this picture is already in the Pinterest database. Pinterest also recognizes if you double pin a picture so why not if you and your neigbour double pin. I think the likes and repinning will increase and the search database of Pinterest would also be cleaned up and easier to check.

    I hope my point is understandable, my native language is not english so a little bit more difficult to explain.

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  84. In the beginning I didn't look too much into the source and I would just click the PIN IT button. Then when I looked for something again I couldn't find it because it was buried within the site 3 months ago. So I started just pinning by going to the original site and tracking down the subject of my interest. I wish that more people would clear up their pins. I may have to actually go back and redo my pins because I have about 400 pins under cooking = can't find a thing! Thanks

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  85. I just want to make two comments:

    First, some Tumblr blogs are actually with original content whether it be poems, illustrations or the like. So no need to shame ALL Tumblrs.

    Second, I cannot seem to drop it in my bookmarks! I tried in both Chrome and Explorer...

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  87. Wow. By accident I've been doing the right thing. I always open a pin in a seperate window, right-click and 'copy shortcut.' I then go to the website to read the entire story. If it's helpful or I like it, I pin from there. Of course, this means I'm spending DAYS on Pinterest. But I feel sooooo creative!

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  88. i just say no to dead end/spam pins. i have found so many really neat crochet items that say free pattern that lead me to a purchase site, an ad for something completely different a broken or discontinued link it is so very frustrating. i admit a few have prob gotten past me. not all designers are good about putting their signature in a clear place to be recognized. i am more then happy to give the originator or the pattern his or her due but there really needs to be a better way. i have spent hrs reading blog archives to never find a pattern that was pinned from that site and or a signature to attach to it. i think too many are lax about updating/editing blogs i wish more would keep a site for patterns only and another or link to the interactive chat part of the blog. its sad that i currently am spending as much time trying to be respectful of my fellow crafters as i am crafting. 2 of my major peeves are 1) those who make small changes to a pattern and then try to claim it as their own. they need to just admit it is their interpretation of or inspired by anothers design. 2) seeing patterns ive paid for or are from a magazine or book (copywritten sorce) pinned as free patterns. this will for sure lead to no good. PEOPLE we need to; A be respectful, B obey copywrite laws if we expect to be able to enjoy sites such as pintrest.

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  89. I'm in as well, indeed I found a lot of pins who go nowhere (sorry for the mistakes I'm dutch) (-:
    greatings Ria

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  90. What its innapropriate and very dissapointed is that a lot of those "links" go to undesirable websites. My girls see me on Pinterest and like some of the jokes or other stuff that I showed them and they ask me if they could do Pinterest too.....(twins are 11 years old) well my thoughts on that one are....never! At least until they turn 21 at least.
    So, yeah very good idea and of course to give credit to the right source.

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  91. There is NO WAY I could go through every one of my Pins to verify that the original Pinner used the proper source. However, every time I come across one that isn't properly-sourced, I track it down and edit it. (Or if I can't find it, I edit the description to say the link is broken. Sometimes it wasn't improperly sourced. Sometimes someone just linked to a blog that has since become defunct, or something like that.)

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    1. Hi Rachel I agree & I think most of us are in the same position. I think this blog has brought it to our attention and from here we start doing it right. Edit the pins as we come across them & try to make sure the new ones are correct. It's a start and much appreciated. :-)

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  92. Permalinks... Permalinks... Don't just pin the blog. Click on the actual item to get the permalink that will take you to the actual article or recipe you want. If you don't understand permalinks, just Google it.

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  93. I'm in. I have been trying my best since joining Pinterest to make sure pins I am repinning have a source or credit to Artists if I can find it. I have been using Google image search too & it is very useful for this. I know I'm not 100% but am trying & will try to check my pins as I have time.

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  94. Hi Rachel I agree & I think most of us are in the same position. I think this blog has brought it to our attention and from here we start doing it right. Edit the pins as we come across them & try to make sure the new ones are correct. It's a start and much appreciated. :-
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  95. Permalinks... Permalinks... Don't just pin the blog. Click on the actual item to get the permalink that will take you to the actual article or recipe you want. If you don't understand permalinks, just Google it.
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  96. Hi Rachel I agree & I think most of us are in the same position. I think this blog has brought it to our attention and from here we start doing it right. Edit the pins as we come across them & try to make sure the new ones are correct. It's a start and much appreciated. :-



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  97. I always hate it when pins are not properly sourced!! Thanks for this post and for the bookmarklet. I have spent many hours with google images and always TRY to source anything I pin correctly, some things are harder, like quotes where there is just a picture. YES to the permalinks, like others have said, instead of just linking to the main blog page, link to the actual page where the picture is that you are pinning! :)

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  99. Thank you so much for this article. I also feel that it's important to give credit to anything we pin that is not ours originally. The times that I download something and forget to note the URL drive me crazy. Unlike one of your commentators, I haved choosen to pin anyway because one can do an image search on Google or on ?¿src-img. So, why haven't I done this? Because I just now found out. Now I have a hopefully not-too-big project in front of me. Also, when pinning images from tumblr, flickr, etc., I think it's important to put all the sources, especially the original one.

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  100. Just found your site through Pinterest and I am happy to say I have been cleaning up the Pins since this winter when it was too cold to go out. Now that there is nothing but World Cup on it is a good excuse to do both. I find that many links are no longer available (at the time they were!) and it is extremely frustrating to see so many have closed down their blogs. Thanks for the booklet for sure it will be alot of help! My only problem with cleaning up is that it clutters up the homepage and I hate to sabotage it!! LOL!!!

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  103. I am a Pin-Aholic. I agree with your assessment and am working on the clean up but like you it will be a long process. I added the sorcing site and will try in the future to be careful.

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