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1. Be Nice

– We know that Pinterest is currently one of the new social websites.  It is a community of people. So, while we all have our own notion of what “Being Nice” means, it is important to bear in mind that we should treat people like we would like to be treated. There is no need to be critical or nasty to other people using Pinterest, as most people who use Pinterest use it to represent their interests, passions and goals.

2. Credit Your Sources

– Pins are helpful when they have links back to the original source. Feel free to leave a comment if you see that a pin is not sourced correctly.  This will then give the pinner an opportunity to correctly update the source of the pin.  Remember, using an original source is much better than finding a secondary source like using Google Image Search or a blog entry.

3. Avoid Self Promotion

– Like all the other social network sites, Pinterest is not the place to bombard people with unashamed self promotion. Provide value to your fellow Pinterest community members.  Do not use Pinterest simply as a promotion site, but instead, create a connection with your community.  This will serve your purposes far better.  You may, however, on occasion, if it benefits your audience pin images or products and links to your site.

4. Report Objectionable Content

–Should you find content that is objectionable or does not comply with the Terms of Service of Pinterest, you may report it as offensive.  All you need to do is click on the pin. You will see on the right hand side of the image, an option to Like on Facebook, Tweet, Embed, Report and Email. Click on Report and it will bring up a list of reasons. Check the particular reason why you’re reporting the content and hit send. Your identity will remain anonymous but it will bring the pin to the attention of the staff and developers.

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