When the freshness of Pinterest goes awry

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When the freshness of Pinterest goes awry

 

Fresh displays of architecture, beauty, design, DIY, fashion, home decor, holidays, pets, quotes, technology, travel, advice and so much more are pinned all day and all night long, being one of the fastest growing Social Media Networks. When the freshness of Pinterest goes awry
Images seem to summons us to want more, to dig in, calling us to search for more pleasing images. After all, doesn’t an image paint a picture of a 1000 words? Although Pinterest contains words describing our pins and boards, the images are the real captivating fury.

 

You’ll find major corporate brands to the self employed seeking out customers to attract to their product and/or service. You’ll also find women and men simply enjoying Pinterest, as a pastime; it’s no longer considered just for girls.

 

So with all of this enchantment, how could anything possibly go awry? I’ve been enjoying Pinterest a long time now, well over a year now and just the other day, I experienced what I term as Pinterest going awry.

 

So what happened? Whenever there is good cheer, enthusiasm, comfort, solace or on the other hand, adversity, setbacks and being defenseless, there seems to be devious souls standing by ready to try and take advantage of your sentiment taking you off course or to take advantage of your circumstances. Pinterest, obviously refers to the first part of the feel good, enthusiastic participation. Just this week, someone tried to harness my enthusiasm for Pinterest.  

 

I had received notification that one of my pins had been repinned from my All a Flutter Board and I thought to myself, oh that’s a nice thought, as I had forgotten about that pin thinking, I ought to dig into that a bit more and visit the site from where I pinned it originally to see if there are any new pins that make me go all a flutter! So I clicked on the pin and it took me to a blog and I thought, let me dig in a bit more to see where the pin’s original source came from where I’ll be able to discover some wonderful new pins to share with my followers so, I clicked on the pin again  - I came to a screeching halt, as my faith filled quote pin took me to a live Porn site. It was quite obvious to me, that whoever took this faith based pin and altered its link, forwarding it to a porn site, knew very well what they were doing; they thought let’s throw this person off their thoughts of faith when they click on this pin and it takes them to a site of what they would likely view in disgust. How did they do this? On a pin, at the bottom of the pin you are able to alter it's link so what they did was simply use the original pleasant image or in this case the quote and they changed the link on the pin so when you clicked on it you'd visit a live porn site.

 

I’ll never understand the behavior of these deviates so, I can only forewarn you, as a Pinner, to double check your pins source for no unwanted surprises.  I’ve written about Secrets on Pinterest before yet, this is never what I had in mind, as this must not remain a secret. Pinner beware.  I hope that Pinterest will work on blocking this smut content from taking the dazzle out of Pinterest. So Pinterest, if you're your watching, let's get rid of these dazzle crashers. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest too! See you there - Lynn Pineda on Pinterest





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Rainmaker
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Phil Stevenson, CRMP
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Lynn, wow! That does sound like it would've been horrible, especially the shock of it. I sometimes wonder what's the point of it all...just to ruin someone's day or ruin Pinterest in general? Here's hoping it never happens again, thanks for the link heads up!

Aug 20, 2013 03:36 AM #39
Rainer
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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And that's the challenge with social media, isin't it? I'm beginning to turn off social media sites simply because the developers cannot or will not manage their site to safeguard their users of disgusting or inappropriate content. 

Aug 20, 2013 04:35 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Lynn Pineda
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Ginger, you'll be ready to know what to look for once you do get started

Joni, you're welcome. You ought to give it a try, it's a great social media network

Lana, yes, it is unfortunate how some enjoy wrecking havoc on others

Ralph, eeek is right! It was really the last thing I had expected.

Barry, I guess you're right, as it's bound to happen and we should always plan on some evil doer who wants to show their ugly face.  It's just so awful that we have come to expect such a thing, isnt it?

Christine, I'm with you as I never expected to see that! Just be aware.

 

Aug 20, 2013 08:38 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Well wherever you can forward or share a link & a picture this can happen. Evidently this is more important to some than to others.  Wish some people would just get a life.  Glad you saw or know what happened so you could fix it.

Aug 20, 2013 10:01 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Lynn Pineda
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Jane, you would think they could find something else to do!

Robert, so true and so sad that we always have to be careful instead of just enjoying

Cindy, Pinterest affords great fun and great opportunities for Realtors yet, we always have to be alert as we know there is always a demented soul lurking, I find out.

Ron, yes those darn humans. We always have to be watching them, don't we?!

Debra, we simply need to be on our toes

Suzanne, it's a shame they always find a way in yet, we can't let them stop the music.

 

Aug 20, 2013 12:17 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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"Pinterest Porn"....who'da thunk it....actually, a clever way for the smut people to trick someone. Just wish they'd harness that ingenuity for "Good".

Aug 20, 2013 01:20 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
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I'm glad you shared this information.  The Internet unfortunately attracts all kinds of people.

Aug 20, 2013 02:13 PM #45
Rainmaker
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Lynn Pineda
eXp Realty - Boca Raton, FL
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Hi everyone, thanks so much for your comments and I apologize for my delay in responding to so many great comments but a nasty ear infection took me to the Doctors, putting me off course.

Aug 21, 2013 03:18 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Jan, if they're doing the manipulating for Google juice, they'd better think again as those tactics won't work in today's Google SEO ways.

Lisa, really good point as I didn't even think of that as my child is now an adult. Yes, parents have to keep a watchful eye but all it takes is one bad click to spoil the whole joy of Pinterest. Now this sickens me even more.

Gene, thanks for coming by and yes, please make sure your wife is in the know

Phil, I hear you - what's the point of it? Sick and warped minds around us.

Kimo, yes managing a Social Media sites has responsibilities I feel. I've alerted Pinterest so hopefully, they're working on putting up safeguards.

Lyn, right, some should just get a life and do what they desire but, not force it on others who have no interest.

Aug 21, 2013 03:30 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Lynn Pineda
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Travis, my thought aligns with yours: "... harness that ingenuity for "Good"..."

Sharon, happy to keep everybody aware of those amongst us who are out to throw us off course.

Aug 21, 2013 03:33 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
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Hi Lynn, we are just getting into Pinterest.   Wis we could get our 15 year old granddaughter to help us!  lol

Aug 21, 2013 05:46 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
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I'm not quite sure I understand how to check for the redirect (especially when I am pinning from my cell phone)

Please show me at our next meeting.  Joy

PS You have an AWESOME spread of boards!

Aug 21, 2013 12:12 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Lynn Pineda
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Hi Bob, enjoy getting started and keep working on your granddaughter :)

Hi Joy, sure I can show you at our next meeting. When you pin you can click on the image and it will take you to where the image came from at a different site. Once you are taken to that site and see the image it should reference where the image came from to take you to another site possibly. You can go in several levels to see where the pin comes from. This one pin I mentioned I just clicked on twice to get to the porn. Thanks for your comment on my boards too :)

Aug 21, 2013 01:40 PM #51
Rainer
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Des & Spiro Kouridakis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties - Yorba Linda, CA
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Disguisting!  What if a child had clicked on that! I shouldn't be shocked at the condition of our society, but I still am.  

I use pinterest all the time for recipe ideas and now for birthday party decorations for my daughter's birthday.  The fact that there are some people using pinterest to shock unsuspecting pinners is disturbing to me.  How sad.

Oct 22, 2013 08:00 AM #52
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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This is something new I learned today, but of course, there is a huge possibility of links to certain websites( same going on most networks: FB, Twitter, LI, etc.). I guess, we just need to pay attention not to be part of that.

Nov 07, 2013 04:45 PM #53
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Lynn Pineda
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Inna, yes unfortunately, we have to always be alert to the sick souls out there and you're right it can come into play anywhere we interact online.

Nov 07, 2013 08:17 PM #54
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
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Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Marketing happens in many delivery modes, lots of platforms around the wild blue yonder. Work, weed and feed the ones in the ways that work for your market. But expect someone will get poked in the eye, and it's no so much fun when someone exploits for their own gain. It happens, but protect against it. Expect it as part of the territory out on the playground during recess.

Nov 07, 2013 08:19 PM #55
Rainmaker
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Lynn Pineda
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Andrew, yes we always need to plan for that moment when we're poked in the eye.

Nov 07, 2013 08:36 PM #56
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Carlie Kathleen Goulet
Lux Property Group at Keller Williams Realty - Tempe, AZ
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Never thought about this before! I am definitely going to check from now on! Thank you!

Nov 08, 2013 05:29 AM #57
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Hi Carlie, yes, it's a shame you have to!

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