If you are like me, you’ve probably been hearing more and more about Pinterest.com lately.
After reading this and that about the fact that the Pinterest craze is definitely something every respectable web and social media enthusiast should be familiar with, I decided this morning to make my first visit to see what the fuss is really all about.
Here Is What I Shockingly Found!
Before requesting an invite to join, I decided to browse through some of the different topics available.
My first choice was the “Education” category, and as you can see in the image above, I was more than shocked by what I found in the very top row of “pinned” stories.
There, front and center of the education page, was a photograph of a nude woman with a link to a page of a very adult nature. I’ve chosen to ‘censor’ it here so not to offend anyone.
Most Likely (Hopefully) a Fluke
When I went back a few minutes later, I noticed that the image had moved far down the page and none of the other images looked too suspect.
According to their terms of service, Pinterest does not allow “obscene” or “offensive” content. It is also important to note that the service is technically still in “Beta” so maybe they haven’t worked out all the filtering kinks.
In addition, Pinterest’s terms don’t allow those under 13 to even visit the site.
Either way, this wasn’t a very good first impression for me.
I’m Cautiously Optimistic
Judging by the good number of tweets and positive blog posts out there, certainly Pinterest deserves a second chance.
— Nancye Blair (@engagingEDU) February 12, 2012
— The TABS Team (@TABSorg) February 13, 2012
— isteconnects (@isteconnects) February 9, 2012
— Tom D’Amico (@TDOttawa) February 9, 2012
What Do You Think?!
Does Pinterest have a place in the classroom? We’d love to see examples of it being used successfully in the wild!