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Pinterest Tip: 4 Reasons To Check The Link Before You Pin

by Freebies4Mom on March 21, 2013 3:13 pm

Pinterest Tip: 4 Reasons To Check The Link Before You PinPinterest is addictive, rewarding and entertaining . . . but I encourage “responsible Pinning”. I know it takes extra time to click on a pin to investigate the link. But I think it’s worth taking the time for these reasons:

1. You don’t want to pin broken links or spam
It’s embarrassing when you pin something and your followers start leaving comments because there’s something wrong with the link. The link could be broken or even worse, it could be spam. You don’t want to pin broken links and you definitely don’t want to pin spam.

You can fight spam by leaving a comment on the post (i.e. “This link is spammy”) and report the post as spam (so that Pinterest will review it).

If you find a broken link, leave a comment on the pin so that the pinner can correct the link. Often broken links are simply mistakes and many pinners will correct the link if it’s brought to their attention. Sometimes you can find the correct link yourself by doing a Google search based on the title of the pin.

2. You don’t want to pin stolen images
Does the link take you to a website that published the image and instructions/recipe as their own original work? You’ll find many images are “borrowed” and sometimes this is a copyright violation. The easiest way to tell who created the image is to look for a “watermark” with the website’s name. Unfortunately these are often “cropped out” of the image so you can’t see it. But if you glance at the article or post using the image you can usually tell if it’s really their original work or not by looking for a detailed written description or a link to the source of the original work.

It’s wonderful when the original author/creator gets full credit for what they created. That’s why I advocate pinning original sources when possible. Just because many bloggers are “borrowing” photos doesn’t mean it’s ok or right to do so. Copyright violation is a serious problem and bloggers can be sued for using photos that they don’t own.

3. You want to follow the source of the pin
I’ve found many wonderful pinners to follow by looking at the source of the pins I love. Most blogs have a “Pinterest” button near the top of their site so you can checkout their profile and follow them to see more of their creative works.

4. You want to support pinners you love
A click translates to a fraction of a penny for blogs and websites that dedicate space to advertising. Once in awhile your click will take you to a spammy site (and hopefully you’ll report it so others won’t click on it), but most of the time your click will take you to someone who is working hard to bring you things they think are worth sharing. And in exchange for them sharing freely with you, your visit is supporting their site.

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Again, I know that it takes extra time to check the links on pins (especially from mobile) but I’d encourage you to see if you can improve your Pinterest experience by doing so. You can also help everyone on Pinterest by fighting spam. I know it’s not your job to do so, but Pinterest needs spam to be reported so they can deal with it faster.

Do you have questions about Pinterest or tips you’d like to share? Please leave a comment!

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Follow my Easter Pinterest Board

by Freebies4Mom on March 12, 2013 9:40 am

EasterFollow my Easter Board on Pinterest for 50+ recipes, crafts, kids activities, decor and more! I’m collaborating with bloggers to bring you the best Easter resources. If you’re a blogger then please email me for an invite to this board.

Will your Easter Basket be filled with Hershey’s like mine is? Thanks to an opportunity from Hershey’s, I was able to create this customized Easter basket filled with my family’s favorite Hershey’s candies. I encourage you to visit the Celebrate with Hershey’s website for recipes, crafts, and coloring pages. I’m adding Hershey’s Easter Recipes to my Pinterest board. You might have fun browsing the Easter traditions and stories that bloggers are sharing as they join the Hershey’s Bunny Trail. Hershey’s provided me with free products for this post, please visit my Disclosure Policy.

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Follow my Valentine’s Day Board

by Freebies4Mom on February 12, 2013 6:26 pm

I want to share my Valentine’s Day Board on Pinterest to inspire you with recipes, crafts, gift ideas, and more. I’ve invited bloggers to pin their Valentine’s posts to this board so if you’re a blogger you can email me for an invite.

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Facebook NotificationsMy computer recently started making a new beeping noise. I thought that either my computer was on the verge of self-destructing, or I was going crazy. I had no idea where this noise was coming from until one day I was on Facebook and it happened at the same time a notification window appeared within Facebook at the bottom left-hand corner of my screen.

It turns out that Facebook was trying to drive me crazy with a new feature they have rolled out to some users (eventually all users will have it). They started testing the new Notification Sound in November, and will eventually make it a permanent feature. The only problem is that the default for this new feature is that it’s ON. And if you don’t know about it, you too are getting mysterious beeps!

Here’s how to turn off the Facebook Notification Sound:

1. Go to Settings (the gear symbol in the top right-hand corner) and click on Account Settings

2. Click on Notifications in the left-hand menu

3. Click On Facebook it’s the first item in the list of “How You Get Notifications”

4. Uncheck Play a sound when each new notification is received then click on Save Changes button

Now you can use Facebook without any annoying beeping (hopefully). Please leave a comment if you need more help, or you’ve got a Facebook Tip to share!

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Halloween Ideas on Pinterest

by Freebies4Mom on October 23, 2012 10:04 pm

I want to share my Halloween Board on Pinterest with you to help you find creative ideas for snacks, treats, costumes, decorations, and more!

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