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Pinterest, the wildly addictive social network that allows people to pin things they find online to virtual “boards”, has made some changes this week that will possibly make many website owners concerned about people “stealing” and pinning their content to their boards very happy.  They have provided a bit of code that you can add to the head code of your site to stop people from pinning your stuff.

They made an addition to their help section that says, “What if I don’t want images from my site to be pinned?”:

Pinterest code for websites to stop pinning

 

 

People who try to pin from a site that has the code embedded will see a box like this:

Sample of Pinterest no pinning notice:

sample of Pinterest opt out image

 

Lots of people have been going on about people “stealing” their content and pinning it, and how it’s copyright infringement or in some way harming them.  Now they have this little box they can add, which would be awesome, except for one thing. It doesn’t stop people who really want to pin/save something and are determined to do it from just saving the image to their hard drive and uploading it directly themselves or taking a screenshot,  and then maybe giving the original site a link back..and maybe not.

All using this code is going to do for some sites is strip away the link and possible huge boost in traffic they would have gotten from their content being allowed to be shared on Pinterest. Some website owners are reporting HUGE boosts in traffic from Pinterest. Last I checked, lots of traffic and people sharing your content on social sites was a good thing. Yes, there is the potential for things to get pinned wrong, or in the pinning and repinning your link could get lost in the shuffle and your content is just out there. It happens all the time on Pinterest, but it also happens pretty much anywhere people share content. Does that make it okay? No, of course not, but people are all freaking out about Pinterest in particular and how it’s evil and illegal and should be shut down. If that’s the case, then we should shut down Facebook, Google Plus, WeHeartIt, Tumblr, Piccsy, Clipboard, Snip.it, Imgur, Photobucket, Flickr, YouTube, and pretty much any social networking site where images are shared.  The linking back systems on many of these sites is decidedly flawed. Tumblr, in particular, is a nightmare for trying to find the source of things.  There is another huge issue about Pinterest possibly taking people’s images and selling them or licensing them, because their TOS says they can. This is a whole other huge post that I will address later, but again, most, if not all, of these sites I mentioned in some way profit from their user-uploaded content. Most of that content does not belong to the people who uploaded it.  How about LOLcats and the whole slew of sites dedicated to nothing but uploaded pictures and videos?  You think they’re not making their money? Do you think most of the pictures uploaded belong to the ones who uploaded them?

I’m not saying people shouldn’t be concerned about their images being used without permission and should just let people freely take whatever they like without payment or permission. That’s crazy. There are licensing issues for many people whose images are being used.There is huge potential for abuse and misuse on ANY site that allows people to upload and share things they find online, and people could definitely lose money and hurt their brand as an artist if they’re not careful. I just think that vilifying sites like Pinterest for the supposed evil TOS and for encouraging people to pilfer all the pretty pictures they find online and pin them, is a bit short-sighted, and placing the blame in the wrong place.

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I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been a busy, busy girl, but recently I’ve seen quite a few people in my travels around the interwebs asking about pinging, what is it, and how do you do it?

That really kinda surprised me, because I guess I just assumed everyone knows what pinging is. It’s sort of blogging 101, really, but since there are a lot of people who don’t know, I’m doing this post and a quick tutorial about pinging and what you need to do.

 

 

Ignore me talking to Daisy in the middle of the video..LOL

 

What is Pinging?

If you have a blog, or even a website, Hubpage or Squidoo lens, and you want to bring traffic to it so people actually see it and read all your awesome content, you have to have some sort of way to let the world know about it. You need the search engines to crawl it and index it, and you need as many people as possible shouting out to the world “Hey! Look, I’ve got some great stuff over here!” That’s what pinging is all about. There are blog directories, like Technorati, that will index your posts and services, like Pingomatic and Pingoat that will notify a few different sites, as well as Google and the other search engines that you have just posted something new to your blog so they will come crawl it and people will then be able to find it.

How does pinging happen? 

WordPress, by default, comes with a link to pingomatic, a site that will ping many different directories and the search engines all at once every time you post. You don’t have to do anything to make this happen but hit the Publish button. The problem is, it  will ping the service every time you hit the publish button, even if you’re just editing or updating a post, and  over pinging is bad. Unfortunately, nobody is really sure how much pinging is too much. To stop WordPress from pinging too often, you should have a plugin installed on your blog called Cb net ping optimizer.  It’s a free plugin that lets you control how often WordPress will send out a ping.

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Today I installed a new (to me) plugin that I’m so totally loving! It’s called Embedly, and it lets you embed videos, pictures, music, pretty much anything with just the url.  No code.  No messing with anything.  Just paste the url from 200+  (and growing) media sources and you’re done.  You can now embed tweets or pics or whatever you’d like from Twitter, or even Craigslist ads, articles from Scribd.com, and Amazon products.  All you need is the url.  That’s it.  Nothing else. Nada. Zip.

Want to post a video from Hulu?  copy the url of the video and paste it just like this right into your post window.

http:.//www.hulu.com/watch/244021/glee-gleewind-funeral#s-p1-sr-i1

and it will look like this…

 

Want to post a cool picture you found on photobucket into your post?

paste the url..like this

http://i0006.photobucket.com/albums/0006/findstuff22/Best%20Images/Photography/photographybubbles1..jpg

and you will get this…

 

wanna share something  cool you found on Tumblr?  you got it..

http:.//skrepo4kacrazy.tumblr.com/post/6359588367

 

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Share your current favorite songs from Last.fm or Grooveshark..

http:.//grooveshark.com/#/s/Someone+Like+You/3SuwiR?src=5

http://grooveshark.com/#/s/Someone+Like+You/3SuwiR?src=5

This is going to make life so much easier.   This plugin allows you to embed content from sites that don’t really have any clear way to easily embed their content, and also eliminates problems with embed codes that just don’t want to play nice with WordPress.

Download Embedly plugin now!

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