* A litany of my web OCD revealed via Pinterest

Posted on March 5th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.

I have to say, I’m liking Pinterest a lot.  When they were having all that downtime a month or so ago, I thought I’d probably quit, but they seem to have (mostly) fixed it.  My other complaints about it are more personality quirks than anything else.

  1. I have a pathological need to find the original source of each picture.  It’s pretty interesting how frequently the pinned image is actually from a site that’s linking the original (or not even that).  I have even resorted to googling the image file title to figure it out.  In a couple of cases, I haven’t been able to find it and was forced to use a secondary source and it bugs me so much.  Seriously, I almost didn’t pin those ones.
  2. Permalinks, people.  I hate it when people pin an image off, say, the front page of a blog instead of a stable page.  Then when you click the pin, it doesn’t match.  It makes it very hard to find the associated content.
  3. Etsy’s disappearing links.  It drives me crazy when I pin a listing on Etsy and the link vanishes for some reason.  I wouldn’t mind so much if Etsy’s linking system maintained information about the shop in the url, which it does not.  I’ve taken to including the Etsy shop name in each caption so I don’t lose anything.

The terrible widget for displaying your pins on your blog seems to have disappeared, so hopefully that comes back in better shape.  But so far so good.  Hopefully they won’t go under any time soon.  Call me pessimistic, but I still feel uncomfortable that there’s no way to export my pins.

4 Responses to “A litany of my web OCD revealed via Pinterest”

  1. Laural Says:

    Yes, I love pinterest too but have shared some of these frustrations. I’ve enjoyed following your pins though!

  2. bad mummy Says:

    Yes…permalinks. Use damn permalinks.

  3. jess @ fushmush Says:

    I’m pinterest obssessed too.

    I too hate it when people don’t link to the actual post. If I’m going to repin something then I always click through to the actual site to check. If it’s not and I can’t find the post then I don’t repin.

  4. pauline Says:


    Also, I’ve found Tineye.com an incredibly tool to source images.


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