The next phase in the social media is here, and it is hot. Pinterest allows users to pull content from all over the Internet and create their own digital bulletin boards. There are many ways users can take advantage of this site, however Pinterest may face copy write issues in the future.
While Pinterest has gained significant popularity with young adult women, many different types of people can find something of interest on Pinterest. After requesting an invitation from the site they will ask you to install a “pin it” button on your tool bar, similar to the stumble upon button for those that are familiar.
Then whenever you come across something that sparks your interest, go ahead and “pin it” to your boards. As this is a social media site, users can then share with and browse their friends’ and family’s pins.
Some of the most popular topics on Pinterest have become recipes, vacations, art project, gift ideas, architecture, fashion, and many more. The Pala Alto start up company has experienced rapid growth in recent months do to an increase in popularity. As with many sites where users generate the content from around the web, copy write infringement becomes a major issue.
Things have been quite busy around the Pinterest office recently; with the amount of growth they are experiencing they haven’t had much time to interact with the users or the press. As the Wall Street Journal reports, co-founder of Pinterest Ben Silbermann stated in an interview that they will, “get better about answering questions openly with people who are interested in Pinterest.”
The first topic some are concerned with is copy write infringement. Web pages like Google’s Youtube, and many other upload sites have strict policies in place when it comes to taking down copyrighted material.
Pinterest claims that they also have a set of procedures in place for doing this. To further protect intellectual property they will now be offering a “snippet of code” that will allow web developers to prevent any content from being posted to Pinterest.
Silbermann refused to comment further in regards to the code, although he did mention that copy write infringement has not proven “a significant issue so far.”
There is more to social media than copyright infringement and networking with friends. Net Consult Co., an Internet marketing firm, uses social media to help grow small businesses as well. They claim about social media that, “these are not trends; they are solid methods to earn income from the web.”
While Pinterest is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds every day there is more to see in the future of this burgeoning company.