(Closed) Pintrest Trolls – Wtf happened?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

@kala_way:  

 

That is weird! No, I had not heard of that. But then I have not been on Pinterest in at least a week. Thanks for the tip though!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yeah I’ve noticed that too and it’s definitely annoying. I don’t know of any way to avoid it other than to keep scrolling 🙁

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s annoying, but businesses have realized that Pinterest is super cheap, and super effective, way to target the 24-55 female.  Something like 90% of Pinterest users are females between those ages, and it doesn’t cost anything to pin/re-pin your ads.  My guess is it will only increase in frequency.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@inspiredcreations:  im an ad/pr major, and we have talked about this alot! you are right on! its cheap and an effective way to get the message out there. slap an appealing picture  on there and people are going to click on it. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I haven’t noticed, but I also haven’t been on in a while.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I noticed a couple of days ago when I had a comment on a pin and I went to look at it and it was some stupid ad. It’s gonna get really annoying if that starts happening all the time.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I know Obama joined recently. I’m sure other candidates will too. Its basically a free way to reach a lot of young females, so its only going to get worse. But, I don’t think its the worst thing in the world.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kala_way:  I’ve been noticing it too.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hum …. I hadn’t noticed this.  Apparently I’ve been getting lucky.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve noticed a TON of porn recently. So gross. It’s so annoying to have to “flag” every single picture. I emailed support and asked if there was a way to report a user instead of each picture and they said “Nope, sorry.” Ugh.  

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Like anything else that is new, it only takes a little while for a certain element of society to figure out how to take advantage of it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@dcdt212:  Wow, really? I haven’t seen that yet… maybe I will stay clear of it when I’m at work, lol.

I’ve seen a ton of the scams and I just started noticing the broken links to nowhere!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Usually if something has been repinned by a friend, I know it’s fine because they’ve gone to the site. When I’m at work, if I take a quick Pinterest break, I usually check any link before clicking on it and only visit sites I know are legitimate (e.g. for cooking, if I see it’s from SkinnyTaste, I know the link is okay.)

I have noticed when I search for a really basic word like “bread” there are a million of the same appetizing pictures that just say BREAD BREAD BREAD!!! and they are clearly all spam. Like anything out there, you just have to be mindful of it and realize that people will take advantage of free advertising. If it becomes a huge issue, maybe their policies will change, but for now I just take a look at the source before clicking on anything.

ETA: I forgot to mention, it seems like it’s usually easier to find non-spam, legitimate pins if you click the “Popular” tab instead of “Everything”…most of those have been repinned by a lot of actual users!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Mrs.Mittens:  Yup, unfortunately. If I’m at home I’ll click on their name and if their things are mostly topless women and bare asses I report every single picture. If it’s “artistic” and their pages aren’t filled with naked women I’ll leave it alone. I guess I have too much time on my hands, lol. I hate that people have figured out how to turn pinterest into their “spank bank”. 

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