Post # 1
Has anybody noticed how much pintrest has changed in the last couple months?
All of a sudden it’s cram packed with trolls, ads, fake pins, links that don’t lead anywhere, etc.
Is this just a symptom of it getting popular?
Any way to avoid it?
Is it because of the change in their policies?
Post # 3
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
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
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
@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
I haven’t noticed, but I also haven’t been on in a while.
Post # 8
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
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
@kala_way: I’ve been noticing it too.
Post # 11
Hum …. I hadn’t noticed this. Apparently I’ve been getting lucky.
Post # 12
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
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
@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
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
@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”.