Honest About Beauty

Monday, 22 May 2017

Dear Blogger, Pinterest Is Not A Source


Being a blogger I like to be very much aware of the online environment and its constant undergoing changes. Many experiences as a content creator teach you powerful lessons on how the internet works and I think I sometimes overestimate the level of awareness in the blogger community. I'm not a perfect beauty blogger by any means but I thought I'd share with you some things I have come across that are currently doing their rounds on all social media platforms that you, especially if you're a fellow blogger, should know about.

1) PINTEREST IS NOT A SOURCE

If you've been following me for a while you know that some of my content was stolen from a company with nearly 1M followers a while back (read the full story here). They thought it was okay to use my content for free and disclose that the source of an image of mine they used was 'Pinterest'. All too often I also find bloggers posting 'Pinterest images' on their Instagram feed, stating 'that they found the image on Pinterest'. I was furious when I saw that my content was being misused that way, especially because you must be a fool (as a company and as a blogger) to think Pinterest is a liable source, it's not. Pinterest is not and cannot be used as a source. That is very simply stated in their Terms Of Service under the tab Copyright. Everything you find on Pinterest is called 'user content' and can only be used by Pinterest and by Pinterest users on the platform itself, not outside. Every image you find on the internet is made by a person, if you can't find and contact the owner of that image just don't use it.

2) DON'T USE #BEAUTYBLOGGER ON INSTAGRAM

A while ago I found out I was shadow banned on Instagram, meaning that every hashtag I used in the description of my images would actually prevent my images from being seen on the platform. Let's say I would post an image now and along with it use the #shadowban, my image will not show up in the #shadowban tag feed for others to see. Only the people who follow me and myself will be able to see the image. You can find out if you have been shadow banned by checking your account from someone else's profile (or by seeing your likes and engagement drop tremendously, lol). I used my boyfriend's Instagram to see whether my images were showing to the public using the tags and they were not. I've since found that using hashtags such as #beautyblogger can instigate a shadowban. Some Instagram users have been posting inappropriate content using the hashtag and as a result lots of posts from actual beauty bloggers end up being hidden. Luckily, I have found a way to get around this nonsense, as it is not really your account that is shadow banned but only certain images. Research your hashtags first, find out if they are blacklisted and if the number of times the hashtag has been used actually makes sense. If you think the number is unusually low or you clearly remember the number being higher in the past, don't use it. Using an excessive amount of hashtags can also instigate a shadowban, I think the Instagram algorithm views it as some kind of spam and as a result hides your images.

3) RESPONDING TO HATE IS OKAY

Of course I don't recommend feeding into to actual trolls but I do respond to most of my hate comments and you'd actually be surprised of some of the reactions I got in return. I'm pretty sassy, always, and I keep it that way even when I get negative feedback that simply isn't deserved or well-substantiated. I've made some people laugh so much with how I responded to their nasty comment that they actually ended up subscribing to my content and we now have a great online relationship. I'm also not shy of screenshotting BS and putting it on display on my social media, sometimes all they need is a reality check. The internet isn't as anonymous as it used to be and people need to start taking responsibility for what comes out of their mouth.


4) WHAT BLOGLOVIN' DOES WITH YOUR CONTENT IS NOT ILLEGAL

Any of you remember the canonical ULR thing? I know the internet is quick to forget so here's a rundown to refresh your memory: Bloglovin has been screwing over their users by not sending readers to the original source of the content that appears on their platform, essentially resulting in a loss of page views and ad revenue for the creators of the content. They later also introduced a comment section on their site and a canonical URL. That last one caused a lot of uproar, especially on Twitter, bloggers were freaking out about their content being 'duplicated' which is bad for SEO and Google ranking.

I thought I should tell you that I found a post from a lawyer specialised in social media (who I've been following for years, she writes genius and informative content about blogging & the law), saying that what Bloglovin' does isn't actually illegal. The canonical URL simply states that they are the most important source and not the owner of your content. However, it's still not a cool thing to do from their part, and very inconsiderate towards their users.

I have a Bloglovin' account and my blog posts are published on Bloglovin', but because the platform has clearly been taking advantage of bloggers (for years) and not been straightforward and/or transparent EVER (not to mention their shitty customer service) I choose to no longer promote their service. Not on my site and not on my social media, I also don't recommend the platform to new users/bloggers at all. You have absolutely no control of what happens with your content on their site, e.g. you can't delete your account, anyone can add your blog on their platform without asking for permission, you can't remove your own posts etc. Only the fact that it is nearly impossible to find one bad article about this platforms is shady AF.

5) SOCIAL MEDIA ISN'T FREE

Every single social media platform seems to have gone mad. From crazy algorithm changes to the weirdest and smallest code alteration that can crush us little bloggers like the miserable ants we are. I see people every day crying on Twitter about how their engagement on Instagram has majorly dropped, how youtubers aren't making money from their ads anymore and how Facebook just constantly invades people's privacy and has the most messed up timeline. Well my friends, this is the cost of 'free' social media. Platforms need money in order to survive and where does that money come from? Advertisers. Nothing will ever be in our favour because we're simply not paying the big bucks. I used to love free stuff, now I'd rather pay like I do for my Netflix subscription, at least I won't have any unpleasant surprises coming my way.


Want to know what I do with my life besides blogging? Take a look on my Youtube, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat all at joliennathalie! I host self care parties, tour my house, cook, declutter and show exclusive behind the scenes footage! You're welcome ;)
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10 comments

  1. Good stuff here, important to know. I got shadowbanned as well, for using # tgif... Anyway, combed through my posts and removed it and things got a bit better.

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    1. I tried removing hashtags too in older posts but it didn't really help 😊 I feel like I can only be careful about future posts now. Xxxx

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  2. Didn't know about the hashtags! Thanks for the help :)

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  3. You're so right about Pinterest! It should be credited the right way. And now I know what to look for with Insta and the hashtags. I sometimes thought the numbers on certain hashtags didn't look right...
    Lea, xx
    www.asnippetoflife.com

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    1. I'm glad you found it useful, good luck! ;) Xxx

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  4. Aside from the Pinterest one, I didn't know any of this. The information on bloglovin is especially useful to me, because I use bloglovin all the time. Thanks for sharing this!

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