A fan, Wendy, writes:
“The only problem I ever have is not being able to find the written instruction for a pattern. I never can get the instructions to the projects posted on Pinterest, even if they say free pattern. Maybe you could give me a few pointers for that.”
Let’s drop the dance steps and admit that some companies and individuals love to be deceptive when using Social Media Outlets like Pinterest. As much as we want everyone to be honest, fact is, if you can be sneaky enough for a certain time frame there is financial gain involved… that is until you get caught when the joy ride is over!
Pinterest is fabulous and I really like Pinterest. I don’t go on Pinterest as often as I used to. I tend to find the same photos are always being re-pinned. They stay on top hogging the space to not allow newer ideas/photos to have a chance to be on top when you do a search. Drives me crazy to be honest. I am hoping they can change the search engines to be more intuitive in the future.
Now about the posts you see on the Pinterest. You can write anything to a photograph, even if it’s a lie. There’s no monitoring of the content before it goes live. This means you can say anything, even if false and you most likely won’t be detected… immediately that is. This is where the power is in the users of Pinterest to report their findings if something isn’t right.
Pinterest, like Facebook and YouTube have options to report the post if you feel deceived. If you click the photo and it say, “Free Watches”… you get there and the watch isn’t free or it’s asking you to surrender personal info or anything related that really isn’t in your best interest… that’s really spammy. You should mark the post as Spam and/or inappropriate. Why? Simply by marking it as spam you are sending a message with your click that the photograph is deceptive. It’s promising something that is intentionally misleading.
For Crochet, if it says free crochet pattern for an afghan. You follow the pin and the afghan pattern is $5.99… Classic spam tact right there. They have intentionally mislead you and hope you are so inspired that you will purchase the pattern, even though you were deceived in the first place. You see this from time to time on crochet patterns where a warning pops up saying “Spam” was detected and will not open the photograph to the link.
In turn, Pinterest’s system will acknowledge that and with enough reports of spam on one photograph, the photography will be automatically marked. If you have ever noticed if you have clicked on a photo and a warning comes up claiming Spam. This means people before you were deceived by the photograph and has been permanently marked as inappropriate. This will, in fact, stop you from opening the photograph for your own protection.
Many ‘Pins’ usually take you to the original article or an article written about the subject in the photograph. Just remember, there’s a difference of spam verses understanding the navigation system of a website you are visiting. Sometimes the free link isn’t a big red button to show you the free pattern but may be a link within a written article. Some websites don’t have the patterns on a silver platter waiting for you, sometimes you have to read or go through the webpage to find it.
It appears that creating spam is a full time job of making the internet harder to navigate and sort through. It’s purpose is to get into your purse or have you do something that isn’t in your best interest. My thing is this… if it’s too good to be true and if you have never been on the website or heard of anything related to it through previous experiences, it’s a good sign something isn’t right.
For the most part, Pinterest is fun and exciting waiting to be discovered. A few bad apples love to spoil a bunch… but I think in today’s era, we have the personal power within ourselves to not let a spamming fool ruin our experiences. Educate yourself about spam and deceptive tactics and you will be better off. I’m not perfect and sometimes I run into spam, sometimes spam is so freak’n good that you get lured in… what you do when you get to that moment is up to you.
Please note the graphic used in this blog is not generic and was created by Michael Sellick ©2013 The Crochet Crowd.