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Good Ideas Deserve Credit: Pinterest Flexes Some Attribution Muscle
By: Christine Geraci
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It's amazing how much inspiration you can find on Pinterest. Ideas, captured in photos, are shared en masse, from cool holiday family snapshots to portraits of far-away place that inspire the next vacation. And I think we can all agree: The people who conjured those ideas deserve a little credit.
 
Thankfully, Pinterest seems to agree as well. On June 20, the site announced further enhancements to the way certain websites are attributed when pinners start 'a-pinning. 
 
The key here is this: These new ways of attributing content sources can't be altered as they make their way through re-pin after re-pin. 
 
And to this, I say bravo, Pinterest. Way to do the right thing. 
 
A while back, we featured a post on the Pinterest attribution debate when the site made it possible for other sites to block pinning. We detailed the argument between people who felt their content had been unjustly ripped off, and people who felt the debate was moot, since Pinterest provided so much web traffic and, thus, potential business. 
 
It's good to see Pinterest taking the moral high ground here, at least to a certain extent. By placing various websites into their attribution program, it's harder for someone's good work to get lost in the shuffle. 
 
The announcement of additional websites added to the attribution program also contains a promise that more attribution enhancements are coming. Here's hoping those enhancements include something with Tumblr — one of the biggest attribution offenders. 
 
What are your thoughts on Pinterest's attribution program?


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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