Recently, Joel Garcia at GTO Management bought it to everyone’s attention that everyone’s new favorite social sharing site, Pinterest, is basically hijacking links to make money as an affiliate. I highly recommend checking out Joel’s complete post, but here’s the main idea: via Why I Don’t Mind Pinterest Hijacking My Links — BlogWorld & New Media Expo Blog.
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I have no problem with Pinterest making money. What bugs me is that they weren’t up front about what they are doing. If you pin a product on your own Pinterest board, what you are doing is creating a link. What happens to that link is that it is turned into an affiliate link without your knowledge, the knowledge of the merchant, or anyone who clicks that affiliate link. I have a Pinterest account but haven’t created any Pinterest boards yet and now that I’m aware of this I don’t feel inclined to. How do you feel about this?