Posts tagged Tumblr
Posts tagged Tumblr
Pinterest – located at pinterest.com – is a social photo-sharing website. Users can establish accounts, and then set up collections of images that reflect their interest.
Other users can browse their collections, ‘like’ various items, collect images from each other, and establish mutual interest relationships and so on.
Launching as a closed beta in March 2010, the site has in stages opened up to the public, and has generated a lot of enthusiasm in the process.
On August 16, 2011, Time magazine published Pinterest in its “50 Best Websites of 2011” column.(Wikipedia)
Just in the last few months – December, January – the site has been skyrocketing with users. It crossed the 10 million user mark last month, being one of the fastest sites to do so.
Users love it’s visuality, ease of use, and it’s ability to facilitate relationships with others of similar interests. It links in with Facebook, Twitter, has an RSS feed feature, comes with WordPress widgets and there’s an iPhone app for it too!
But recently, awareness has been growing of downsides for users of the site. In particular related to the very use of images that is such a big part of its appeal.
I literally only heard of this site about a week ago.
A few days ago, I retweeted this tweet about it:
56 Ways to Market Your Business on #Pinterestj.mp/yt2cO8 via @copyblogger RT @brasonja #in
And that tweet of mine was RT’d about 4 times, more than almost any other of my tweets. Clearly it is a topic of interest right now! So as I began to read today more concerns about the site, I thought I’d pull together this blog post about it all.
Here is a clearer link to that article on CopyBlogger.
It talks about a wide spectrum of ways to use Pinterest for marketing your business, everything from social media immersion techniques to branding to traffic analysis techniques to webinar support. Seems all very exciting and wonderful, but read on, please!
Another Pinterest-excitement tweet I saw recently:
How the medical industry is using (and could use): Pinterest bit.ly/zaonKE RT @MelissaOnline
This MedCityNews article showcases how the medical industry already uses and could even more use Pinterest to boost patient morale, improve patient education and, of course, engage in cutting-edge marketing activities.
This page also mentions the revenue stream aspect of Pinterest, which involves affiliate marketing via Skimlinks and changing the codes linked to images to replace the original marketer with Pinterest . That practice, described further in this MarketingLand article is generating interest and concern as more people become aware of it.
But copyright theft is a much more serious concern, since it involves legal ramifications that are completely beyond what users have in mind when they sign up to use Pinterest. This BusinessInsider describes those concerns.
In a question and answer format, the piece explores the idea that Pinterest may be more illegal than Napster was, due to its use of images not owned by the user, thereby violating the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act). Pinterest actually ‘requires’ that each user ‘own’ rights to the images they post, but they in no way reinforce that requirement.
This article explores the fair use argument and how it applies to Pinterest (and Tumblr, for that matter), and also mentions that Pinterest grabs whole sites when people ‘pin’ an image from that site, making it all even more serious.
Pinterest makes users even more uncomfortable in its statement that it reserves the right to sell any image posted by a user. This article by RWW mentions that several businesses, after initially signing up to use Pinterest, almost immediately closed their accounts as they more fully explored the implications. What it boils down to is that, if a user posts a photo which they don’t own the license to (a license given them free, world-wide, very broad and open rights to), they could be sued for posting it (and thereby granting Pinterest the right to sell it).
All in all, seems like a lot going on that hasn’t fully been worked through yet.. both for Pinterest, and even perhaps for Tumblr!
Interesting article all about Tumblr, and which companies should join this community (and which shouldn’t!). From AdAge Digital..
Here’s a post on Storify for any of you who’ve heard about it and not tried it yet. It’s written by a woman who’s evaluating it for use within the practice of Journalism, seems like a great site for all sorts of additional purposes too!
Well, I gave Tumblr a try. For all the things I like about it, which include the ease of posting small snipits of interest without doing a full blown blog post, I cannot get past the amount of clean-up I constantly have to do regarding spammers and pornographers who “like” my posts.
It makes PLN building not so fun….
And, on that subject of Tumblr applicability..
Interesting article from Mashable on who is using Tumblr, what content is most popular, what gets reblogged, what kind of company sites would best fit in here.
They were pretty clear that the most in-demand content *is* accounting services info - what we have right here! Just kidding. But no, these are exactly the reasons why I don’t post much of *that*, but instead related/other things of interest.
Great info though on the entrepreneur-Tumblr relationship!
Since this is a business page on Tumblr, pretty much *have* to include this article from American Express’ business blog.. interesting conversation about it.
Myself, I’ve decided to keep this for now, but not to have it be my *primary* presence on the web. Too much great content/people here to leave!
In other news, bigger numbers are bigger.
I only saw a screenshot of Tumblrweeds so I’m not entirely qualified to have an opinion yet but I agree with Eric. It took me 3 years to find the right people to follow, today I can say that the value of relationships nurtured on Tumblr is times higher than the ones on Twitter.