Linda Sherman

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Talking About Photo Sourcing and Giving Photo Credit
I love this photograph. I do wish I could give credit to the photographer. 
I couldn’t see the name of the owner of the Bourbon and Pearls Tumblr (where I reblogged this from) on her About page, but she is a recent college grad who will be working at a research department at USC, and from what I can tell, probably going to graduate school there. Her Tumblr is very popular and also a source of images for Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/source/bourbonandpearls.tumblr.com/
This image was sourced from WeHeartIt.com which seems Pinterest like. It traveled through being loved on the popular bourbonandpearls.tumblr.com and made it’s way to Pinterest - which is where I found it. It was a Kelly M Design pin on a group board called “our favorites” that I had recently followed. So we have all the curators - do we still have the photographer? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The link is to “We Heart It” but not to anything specific. At least with Pinterest - it goes back to a specific pin which should link back to the source.
I think we should all take a moment and make sure we at least keep the name of the photographer if we can get it.
Many of the pins in the Pinterest source collection I see from Bourbon and Pearls do not link to specific posts there - just to the blog. That means they found the front page of the blog and simply selected an image from it to pin. Kelly made sure she linked to a particular post - much appreciated. 
Please note you can also link to a specific post on We Heart It. This is important because we don’t lose the source. It looks like this: http://weheartit.com/entry/23337951 The specific posts DO have sources. This link is not to the photo here - it is from a brief foray searching on the word “hug” which has over 1,000 entries on We Heart It. Here is a board of images sourced from We Heart It over to Pinterest. Glancing through them, the ones I saw do go back to the original entry. 
Here is an article by Read Write Web expressing concern about photo crediting.
If anyone has the photographer’s name or better a link to the original work, would you please let me know. Thanks!
UPDATES:
After I posted this I saw “originally from BillionKisses” at the bottom. There is no link but I could figure out to go to BillionKisses.Tumblr.com. I couldn’t see this on the Bourbon and Pearls post but it was probably way at the top of the hundred’s of notes following this post. I only had to dig back 4 pages on Billion Kisses (I knew it had to be before August) to find the original post May 23, 2011. http://billionkisses.tumblr.com/page/4 but this also says nothing about the photo and links to WeHeartIt.com at no particular page. So had “Warm Whispers” (the only identifier to the owner of Billion Kisses) picked up the direct entry for this image (which hopefully was included with the original post) Bourbon and Pearls would have picked it up as well. I’ve used the “ask” feature on Tumblr to send a message to Billion Kisses to see if they might be willing to look for it.
On Facebook, Rebekah Paul suggested TinEye.com. I did (thank you!) and got these results. I suspect these five results may be more usage without credit but worth a try. Interestingly Tumblr and We Heart It did not show up in the search.

Talking About Photo Sourcing and Giving Photo Credit

I love this photograph. I do wish I could give credit to the photographer. 

I couldn’t see the name of the owner of the Bourbon and Pearls Tumblr (where I reblogged this from) on her About page, but she is a recent college grad who will be working at a research department at USC, and from what I can tell, probably going to graduate school there. Her Tumblr is very popular and also a source of images for Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/source/bourbonandpearls.tumblr.com/

This image was sourced from WeHeartIt.com which seems Pinterest like. It traveled through being loved on the popular bourbonandpearls.tumblr.com and made it’s way to Pinterest - which is where I found it. It was a Kelly M Design pin on a group board called “our favorites” that I had recently followed. So we have all the curators - do we still have the photographer? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The link is to “We Heart It” but not to anything specific. At least with Pinterest - it goes back to a specific pin which should link back to the source.

I think we should all take a moment and make sure we at least keep the name of the photographer if we can get it.

Many of the pins in the Pinterest source collection I see from Bourbon and Pearls do not link to specific posts there - just to the blog. That means they found the front page of the blog and simply selected an image from it to pin. Kelly made sure she linked to a particular post - much appreciated. 

Please note you can also link to a specific post on We Heart It. This is important because we don’t lose the source. It looks like this: http://weheartit.com/entry/23337951 The specific posts DO have sources. This link is not to the photo here - it is from a brief foray searching on the word “hug” which has over 1,000 entries on We Heart It. Here is a board of images sourced from We Heart It over to Pinterest. Glancing through them, the ones I saw do go back to the original entry. 

Here is an article by Read Write Web expressing concern about photo crediting.

If anyone has the photographer’s name or better a link to the original work, would you please let me know. Thanks!

UPDATES:

After I posted this I saw “originally from BillionKisses” at the bottom. There is no link but I could figure out to go to BillionKisses.Tumblr.com. I couldn’t see this on the Bourbon and Pearls post but it was probably way at the top of the hundred’s of notes following this post. I only had to dig back 4 pages on Billion Kisses (I knew it had to be before August) to find the original post May 23, 2011. http://billionkisses.tumblr.com/page/4 but this also says nothing about the photo and links to WeHeartIt.com at no particular page. So had “Warm Whispers” (the only identifier to the owner of Billion Kisses) picked up the direct entry for this image (which hopefully was included with the original post) Bourbon and Pearls would have picked it up as well. I’ve used the “ask” feature on Tumblr to send a message to Billion Kisses to see if they might be willing to look for it.

On Facebook, Rebekah Paul suggested TinEye.com. I did (thank you!) and got these results. I suspect these five results may be more usage without credit but worth a try. Interestingly Tumblr and We Heart It did not show up in the search.

When Did Pinterest Get Started?

Pinterest was introduced on the web in closed beta status in March 2010.

On October 3 this answer was posted on Quora by Cristian Galletti with 2 votes by Chris McCoy and Elias Bizannes.

"Work on Pinterest began in December 2009 and the site achieved closed beta status in March 2010. The site proceeded to operate in invitation-only open beta. Later, the site made registration possible after an email request. On 16 August 2011, Time magazine published Pinterest in its 50 Best Websites of 2011 column."

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Mashable introduced Pinterest to its readers on October 7, 2011 saying that Pinterest revealed “Friday” that it had raised a $27 million round of funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

At the time of the Mashable article, Pinterest had not released the size of their user base but they had 30,000 reviews for the app on the iTune store - a figure that Tumblr took 4 years to get to.

The Pinterest founder is Ben Silbermann

In the comments on that article, Mashable member, Alexandra Gibson said she has been on Pinterest for “years”.

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I have a board on Pinterest called "How to Use Pinterest" that you may find useful.

Does anyone have a “How to Use Tumblr” board on Pinterest? I’ll have to search for that.

UPDATE: CNN published an article Feb 6, by Pete Cashmore where he explains why tech sites got caught by surprise by the success of Pinterest.

"The web-based ‘pinboard,’ which launched almost two years ago, barely got a mention on Silicon Valley news sites until six months ago, when early adopters suddenly realized that a site with millions of monthly users had sprung up almost unnoticed by the tech press.

That’s because Pinterest didn’t take the usual route of Web-based startups: romancing early adopters and technology journalists before attempting to “cross the chasm” to mainstream adoption. Instead, Pinterest grew a devoted base of users — most of them female — who enjoy ‘pinning’ items they find around the Web.”