I’ve been happily pinning for over a year on visual sharing site Pinterest, but when stories broke last month of the site breaking all kinds of ridiculous records including trumping the combined referral traffic of LinkedIn, Youtube, Google+ and Reddit and reaching more than 260 million unique visitors every month, I knew it was only going to be a matter of time before spammers found their way into our crafty online utopia.
I know I’m being selfish, but I liked the small(ish) dedicated and genuine community of nerdy craft, cooking, art, and DIY lovers that are (were) the Pinterest populace.
Pins with a cheeky price tag slapped on the corner of the image was what first heralded the invasion of those capitalising on Pinterest.com, so it’s no surprise that spammers have found their way onto our beloved pin boards too.
This morning, I read a story on www.simplyzesty.com about a scam which urges users to repin an image to redeem a gift. The condition to repin is particularly dodgy, allowing the ad to spread quickly through to other boards.
These pins don’t look anything like the genuine pins regular pinners will be used to, but since the scammers are using the functions within the site (i.e pinning) to make the campaign appear more legitimate, there are plenty of newbies bound to be caught out. And chances are, with the meteoric rise of pinterest set to continue, the scammers will get more saavy with their pins.
Boo Best beware, fellow pinners.