Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pinterest: Just My Opinion

Heart Shaped Cactus by Roberta Warshaw
Heart Shaped Cactus, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
Lately there has been a lot of brouhaha over the latest online obsession, Pinterest. Mostly the conversation is related to copyright issues but I have other issues with the site. Mainly the wasting of my very precious time!

I have to admit that I did sign on at first. I was pinning away and people were following me and I them. But frankly, I just couldn’t keep it up. It was a lot of work. I already have an Etsy shop, a Flickr site, a Facebook page (one personal and one for my business, a twitter site, and my all important and time-consuming blog.

I don’t know about you, but I just don’t need another computer distraction to keep me away from my studio time. When I looked at it as it relates to my bead and jewelry business, it just made no sense.

In order of importance in my daily business and making things life, I would say that my blog is number one. I have “met” some wonderful and amazing people who follow my blog. And I love reading other people’s blogs as well. I cannot tell you how much I learn from them. Not necessarily about beads although that is probably the main thing that I learn about but also writing, retirement, career issues, etc.

My second important online time use is of course my shop for obvious reasons. It requires constant monitoring and tweaking in order to keep it up to date and relevant to my work. As my work improves, I sometimes remove things that I had made previously that aren’t up to my standards.

The third online time use is Flickr. I love this site. I love the constant back and forth with people. The comments as well as the inspirations I gain are really important to me. I don’t feel the need for Pinterest since I feel Flickr fills that need by the option of selecting my favorites.

And finally, the single biggest timewaster is Facebook. You have to hand it to Mark Zuckerberg. He figured out a way to make billions of dollars on peoples need to waste their time. For me the difference between wasting time on Facebook and wasting time on Pinterest is this. I can meet new people on Facebook and interact with them. I find out all sorts of great information from all the jewelers and bead makers I am “friends” with. For me, Facebook is not just about the people I already know. I can speak to them on the phone or in person. It is the ones I don’t already know. There are people who live in another country who may have bought my work through Facebook. To me that is the benefit of wasting time on Facebook. In a way it is like the old fashioned pen pals we used to have when we were kids. But in multiples! And of course much faster.

The last thing I am going to say about Pinterest and that will be it is this: I found a few pieces of my work had been pinned on people’s boards. Now that didn’t bother me so much. It was the misinformation about the item that concerned me the most. For example, I had made an amulet for my mom when she was diagnosed with colon cancer and I blogged about it here. The amulet was pinned as a “charm against colon cancer”. I certainly don’t want anyone thinking I am making these or selling them for any other reason than my mom. Another thing that was even more disturbing was a pin of one of my texture samples using a Helen Breill tutorial. It was pinned as my tutorial and directed people to find it on my blog. I certainly don’t want people to ever think that I developed that tutorial but there it was through no fault of my own. For that reason, I want to be able to control my images and work online as I am sure most of us do.


Ann Gorbett said...

Great post Roberta. I so agree with you about all of this time wasting technology. When I first saw Pinterest I thought it was cool cuz it was so visual, then as it got more popular I got discouraged to see that people were using it to promote their stuff, again,-just as Facebook has gone more and more in that direction. I haven't been back since.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You make excellent points.
I like to browse around Pinterest and I can see its becoming social, but not for me. I love Flicker, but never really learned how to use it, though I do have a page. I definitely don't go on FB often .. its been about 3 weeks now.

My best place is the blogs. I love them the best and the on line friends I've made. Like you.
xx, Carol

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks Carol, I agree. The blogs are the best!

Sarah Sequins said...

Like you, my blog is my number one way to meet people. I do enjoy Pinterest, and I've discovered some amazing artists, but I don't think it'll be anything more than a source of inspiration for me. I don't understand it when people say it'll help promote a business.

There sure are a lot of time vacuums on the internet, aren't there? Apparently, there's a program called Self Control that you can download and block yourself from visiting your favorite sites for a period of time. I might just try to track it down. :)

Candace said...

I agree with you, Roberta. I've been reading about Pinterest lately, too, although I have resisted participating. It doesn't appeal to me and now that this copyright issue is rearing its ugly head, I want no part of it. Recently, I've had my photos "borrowed," so I'm a little touchy about it.

But mostly I agree about all the different online ways to waste time. Like you, my blog is number 1. I've gotten interesting opportunities and exposure (albeit minor) from my blog as well as some nice friends and contacts. I like photography and I like writing so it is the perfect creative outlet for me. I am also on Flickr but don't have time to post all my photos there, too, so usually I just take one or 2 from each blog post and post it to Flickr (with a link to my blog, of course). Twitter and Facebook also are updated every time I make a new blog post. Twitter doesn't interest me too much otherwise. Facebook is a little fun to keep in touch with people through but I would NEVER play a game on there or get hooked on it. For me, it's all about my blog, personally.

Rosaria Williams said...

I can't imagine not being on Facebook, even though I was late in joining. Had I not joined when I did, before my son died, I could not have communicated with so many of his friends. Having that connection made it possible for all to get together at his memorial, and for all of us to share stories about him. I guess the opportunities to socialize are always around us; we have to parse our time as we see fit.

Thanks for your visit, Roberta. I'm glad to hear your business is doing fine and you're meeting people and customers through social media.

Robbie said...

I have enough problem keeping up with reading blogs I follow so Pinterest isn't for me! BTW...I have passed on the Leibster Award to you, Roberta! You can read about it on my blog post for today!!

Barb Fernald said...

I so agree with you Roberta. I just don't "get" the need for Pinterest. I tried, but I don't want to spend more time away from the studio by wasting time on the computer. I never even looked to see where something I pinned may have been repinned. It's too much!!

Have you recovered from your trip?