Worth The Risk?Ultimately, the decision of whether the benefits of using Pinterest outweigh the risks are very much a business decision and any such decision should be as informed as possible. It's also important to keep in mind that Pinterest, like many other social-media sites, is constantly evolving. Pinterest has already revised its user agreement once in response to complaints from its users, and it stands to reason that the user agreement may continue to change over time.
In response to Murabayashi's blog article, San Francisco-based photographer Jim Goldstein posted a comment giving the issue some perspective. "I gave up on Twitter after two weeks, thinking it was useless.
I came back a few months later and found great use in it. The lesson learned is that it's important to be open-minded and to keep a watchful eye on the service as it evolves. What Pinterest is today may not be Pinterest in the future. Social media web sites are malleable, both in how the founders shape them and how end users creatively use them. The future could be equally bright or dim with Pinterest, but I like to think half that equation falls on the photographer using the service. Photographers need to be creative in other ways beyond the camera."
Even if Pinterest ultimately proves itself to be a valuable tool to photographers, serious consideration needs to be given to the user agreement and whether the intended use of the service comports with the agreement. No matter how great the utility, if the service can't be used without violating the user agreement, the only prudent course is to wait until Pinterest sufficiently revises the terms so that they're consistent with the manner in which the service is used.
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