Critique: Pinterest

Critique: Pinterest

Pinterest is a really fun site to look at creative ideas from around the world. Personally, one of the reasons I have not gotten hooked beyond contemplating pictures on the various boards, finding out more about them is not always easy. There is a link included in the Pin enabling users to visit the original location of the post but it takes you to the general page and not to the actual article or picture that you are interested in. The topic in question may be far down the feed and difficult to find. Also, once the information is located, it is often lacking in detail and disappointing, especially for DIY projects. This happened to me a few times and discouraged me from further pursuing the site. That said, it can be a lovely place for frivolous window shopping.

A more concerning feature of Pinterest is issues about giving credit to the original author of the idea. Pinterest encourages people to get permission to post but at the same time it makes it easy to pin things seamlessly with one click. With this lack of difficulty, Pinterest is prompting its users to commit copyright infringement although in their terms of service they explicitly state that content posted should be either owned by the user or be non-infringing. This runs counter to their promotional material which says you can “save ideas from around the web with one click (Pinterest, 2017).” This is especially concerning for creators who are not receiving credit for their work. Particularly when, as described above, even if the origin of the Pin is enclosed, the information can be difficult to find within the site.


Pinterest:,  published 2017, accessed March 27, 2017.




Pinterest® – marque de commerce

Site de réseautage social ou des idées créatives sont partagées à partir de photo ou vidéo pour ensuite être sauvegardées en les épinglant sur des tableaux organisés par thèmes.

Remarques : les épingles viennent généralement de l’internet, mais les utilisateurs peuvent aussi télécharger celles qui proviennent de projets personnels. Les tableaux sont des endroits où les épingleurs peuvent conserver des idées intéressantes trouvées en ligne qu’ils veulent garder pour approfondir leur recherche ou pour des projets. Le bricolage, la nourriture et le voyage sont parmi les sujets les plus communs.

Sources :

Le Soleil : publié le 10 mai 2013, consulté le 25 mars, 2017.

Zoneart:, publié le 22 octobre 2014, consulté le 25 mars, 2017.

Pinterest® – marca registrada

Sitio de red social donde se puede compartir ideas creativas desde fotos o videos para después guárdalas pegándolas en unos tableros personales organizado por temas.

Comentarios: Pines vienen generalmente del Internet pero usuarios también pueden subirlos que son de sus proyectos personales. Los tableros son lugares donde usuarios pueden guardar ideas interesantes que encontraron en línea las cuales quieren investigar más o guardar para proyectos. Proyectos ‘hazlo tu mismo’, la comida y los viajes son algunos de los Pines más común.


El Pais:, publicado el 3 de junio, consultado el 25 de marzo 2017.

El Comercio:, publicado el 17 de marzo 2017, consultado el 25 de marzo 2017.

Pinterest® – registered trademark

A social networking site where creative ideas are shared via photos and videos, and then saved by being pinned to personal boards that are organized by theme.

Notes: Pins generally come from the Internet but users can also upload Pins of their own projects. Pinboards are spaces where Pinners can save interesting ideas they’ve found online for further research. DIY projects, food and travel are some of the most common Pins.


Wikipedia:, last modified March 25, 2017, viewed March 25, 2017.

The New Yorker :, published July 20, 2012, viewed March 25, 2017.