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30 January 2012

To like or not to like...that is the pinteresting question

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Hello hello! Good Morning!!!

Here is the question of the day...

Should you or should you not...................LIKE what people are pinning from your site on pinterest.

This is my dilemma....

You see, pinterest is the best gage of what readers are liking on my site.  (Thank you Gail for showing me how to find my source page!) Not only do I get to see which projects they want to KEEP, but typically posts are given a "title" or comment as they are pinned.  I learn a lot from glancing through pinterest and seeing what people are saying.

 Last week, I realized that my pineapple post was a big hit over at pinterest, so I decided to post the ginger post I had in queue right away to capitalize on the new followers and subscribers that are into pantry planting.

The problem is...I'm a big fan of the "like" button on facebook as a "thank you".  You know...someone says "You hair looks great!" and you press "like" to say thanks, right?  Well, I've been "liking" pins that people have pinned from my blog as a way to say a quick "thanks".  My questions is whether it reads as a thank you or as an egocentric move of an egomaniac.

In fact, I've been experimenting the past few weeks.  I will spend one week liking a bunch of pins...just down the page, like-like-like - thank you-thank you-thank you like a politician.   Then the next week I didn't "like" anything.  My goal was to see if people hated me liking everything and started to unfollow or whatever.  Well...the results are in and my "liking" made no difference whatsoever...

SO...I need your opinion...do you see it as a thank you when someone likes your pin from their blog or as an ego-maniacal move???



Pamela Monday, January 30, 2012  

I've never thought it as ego-maniacal but I'll be eager to read your comments to see what others say.

Kelly Jo Monday, January 30, 2012  

It's not ego-manical at all. I used delicious as a book mark before Pinterest. I pin for myself- projects I'd like to emulate, etc. and now people can see those pins. Obviously Pinterest has made things go viral,isn't that a great thing?
I think it's nice to acknowledge that you've been pinned.

Nessa Bixler Monday, January 30, 2012  

I think of liking as a high-five and it make me smile. I love the quickness of pinning and not losing something I like.

Jen Worden Monday, January 30, 2012  

hmmm... interesting.

I agree w/your synopsis of the FB Like. To me, definitely reads as a "thank you" or "yep. I agree!".

I haven't however used the 'Pinterest like' in the same way. For some reason Pinterest seems so very anonymous to me. We're all in our own little visual fiefdoms frantically squirreling away imagery as if we might some day go sightless (siteless?!?).

Further... have you ever tried to find the original pinner? oy! Now there's something the Pinterest Honchos should work on.

My .02cents. Canadian at that. ;)

Amy Renea Monday, January 30, 2012  

Totally true!! I've tried searching for original pinners once in awhile and it is quite futile!!

Nessa - love the idea of a high five :)

Thanks for the input chicas!

Jenni Monday, January 30, 2012  

I totally agree with your "facebook like" as a high five! However, I actually haven't given the pinterest like any thought at all! LOL But I wouldn't think anything negative of it!

alanna rose Monday, January 30, 2012  

I can't figure out the pinterest "like"...totally boggles my mind. Once I pinned something and the blogger left a thank you comment on my pin, I thought that was nice :)

Angie Stevens Monday, January 30, 2012  

I don't use facebook (too cluttered, stalker-friendly, and annoying, but I use pinterest likes all the time. For me, it's a way to save pins I'd like to repin later but I hate repinning on my phone.

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