Frugal Foodie Mama: Some Thoughts on Pinterest Plagiarism...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Some Thoughts on Pinterest Plagiarism...

This has become a tiny thorn in my side recently- pinning a recipe post and then in the description box for the pin including the ENTIRE recipe in a condensed version of itself.  Here is why this is not cool, folks:

A.  All of us food bloggers appreciate a pin.  I have had recipes go absolutely viral from a single pin.  They are MUCH appreciated.  What is not appreciated?  Posting our entire recipe on your pin so that there is NO reason for anyone who sees and/or repins your pin of our recipe to ever visit our blogs. 

B.  It is our recipes.  Not yours.  Call it what you may, but you are basically swiping our content bold face from our blogs and "putting it your own words".  You know what they call that in college?  Plagiarism. 

C.  Most of us who identify ourselves as food bloggers work very hard on our recipe posts.  We brainstorm a recipe idea.  Do research.  Experiment in the kitchen with it, all while striving to get some quality photos of our dishes.  We want people to actually click to our posts and see our hard work.  This is why we blog- we take pride in what we put out there.  Please be respectful of that.

I am not saying that there is some sinister plot out there by Robin Hood-esque Pinners to swipe recipes from the food bloggers & give them to the Pinterest masses.  In fact, I am sure that many of the Pinners who have committed this breach of pinning etiquette haven't even thought of the 3 points I have outlined above.  

I am grateful for Pinners who stumble upon my blog or another Pinner's pin of one of my recipes and repin away.  Pinterest has been my #1 referring site for the past 3 months.  I have seen my daily page views double, even triple from Pinterest traffic recently.

Thank you to each and every one of you that has happened to have found one of my recipes clever enough, tasty enough, creative enough to pin.  I appreciate it. 
But please keep my content where it should be... on my blog.

As a Pinner, what are your thoughts on this?
My fellow food bloggers, are you seeing similar pins from your blogs?  How do you feel about them?

18 comments :

  1. I never take the time to seek out pins of my recipes, such that I'd know if folks were putting my recipes on the pins, in full. However, I see it quite a bit on others' pins. I wish Pinterest would have some kind of pop-up reminder, or badge on the page, when you are pinning or repinning, to remind people.

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    1. It is fairly easy & not very time consuming to check out all pins originating from posts on your blog. Just type in www.pinterest.com/source/ & then the URL of your blog (but no www. in front of it). It will bring up all pins sourced from your site.

      I also love the idea of Pinterest possibly curtailing how many characters can be allowed in a description or comment on a pin.

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    2. Unfortunately, doing what you said above doesn't show you every pin. I've checked mine several times, and it has a TON of the pins/repins omitted, and that's even with me being a new blogger that hasn't been pinned a lot. Not sure how it picks which ones to display when you do that search that shows all the pins sourced from your site, but it definitely doesn't show them all.

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    3. If your URL has somehow gotten separated from the pin itself, then it won't show up when you do the "source" search.

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  2. I totally agree! I never trust those recipes that are cut and pasted into the comments though, I always look for the source when I repin or go to make the recipe.

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    1. I am not even anti-repinning. BUT I always click on the pin & make sure that it goes to the source, the correct link before I will repin it. I don't ever blindly repin.

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    2. I always source-check pins, too! If I'm bothering to repin anything, I want to be able to find it again later so I can follow the instructions to complete the project. I HATE those smashed up captions, but improperly sourced pictures are even worse.

      Google Images has become my favorite tab to keep open when I'm browsing Pinterest. For anyone who doesn't know, if you have the image of a pin open, you can drag the image to a Google Images tab (http://images.google.com/) and drop the image in the search bar. It will do its best to find the source of that image for you. (I usually add "-pinterest" to take away any irrelevant Pinterest pages. You can get stuck in that loop for ages.)

      Even the most impossible-to-source pins can be tracked down this way. :)

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  3. You know Carrie...I agree with you I just spent $49.00 for all the ingredients I needed for a soup, when people are just going to look at the pictures and Hopefully get inspired by the appearance and list of ingredients and give the recipe try. I'm happy to do it because I want to try it before I recommend it to any of my readers, no matter the cost, but I don't think is fair for people go through shortcuts and not even have the courtesy of visiting the source of the picture.

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  4. Well said. I think some non-bloggers almost think that everything on Pinterest is Pinterest's...not a blogger's work.

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  5. It would be great if Pinterest would limit the amount of characters that can be used to describe a pin. even at 200 characters, it would be hard to write out all of the instructions, and would make people click through to the site to read them.

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  6. Bless this post so much.

    Also, have you seen these new blogs popping up that swipe just a recipe's photo, place it on their blog, and then pin the photo with just the recipe name? What in God's Green Earth does that even accomplish? They don't even swipe the recipes! It just clogs up the pins and sends you on a wild goose chase!

    I found this post on Pinterest, and I am ever so grateful that you posted this!!! I am repinning it asap!!!!

    Emily @ Mrs WASP

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  7. I get so frustrated by pins that don't go back to the original source. I don't just want the pretty picture, I want the post too! I haven't encountered the recipe swipe, but if I see it in the future, I'll make sure to remove the recipe before repining. I totally understand and agree with a description limit.

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    1. Also repinning this.

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    2. I so totally agree. I want to go to the blogger's site. Often I find so much more on the site.

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  8. As an avid pinner, and subscriber to many blogs, I will say that if the blogger does not provide a description of the recipe (or craft) I will list the ingredients (or items used in the craft) to give my board followers some idea of what it's like. I ALWAYS name the website. I do agree! You guy's do all the work and I, for one, greatly appreciate your efforts...but, instead of "rambling," a brief, succinct description is much appreciated.

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  9. I don't blog about food but I can imagine how I would feel to have a personal recipe condensed and distributed for someone's pinterest fame. The good thing I never trust a recipe in one comment, so I always click for the original source. I find in general it's hard to find the sources of pins which sucks because I can't easily credit pictures I find on Pinterest.

    It would be cool if the blogging network is connected to Pinterest in a way so that every time you pin something the source link would automatically and permanently be printed in or above the comment.

    Nice blog you have here by the way! Cheers!

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