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Pinterest is search cancer

It has so completely invaded every image search, it's nearly impossible to find original sources and attribute photos without adding "-site:pinterest.*" (minus quotes). Even then, somehow, there are at least a handful of Pinterest results

@cypnk I still don't get what Pinterest actually is for, aside from making a mess of searches. I look at it sometimes trying to figure out what value it adds to anyone's life and I'm totally coming up blank.

@mike@social.chinwag.org It originated as a gateway for storage for computer illiterate people collecting arts, clippings, fashion etc... Basically, you wouldn't need to worry about "where did I save that photo I wanted to chain mail you", when you can just send the link. Then it moved on to marketing and now it and Instagram have a near monopoly on photo sharing

@mike @cypnk same. I actually registered with it & spent some time trying to use it. still couldn't figure out what it was for or what is was meant to do

@cypnk Y'know, I gotta wonder if that is intentional. I know folks who have already substituted "look on Pinterest" as their default for searching for images.

@StevenSaus I would guess that's the case. It's reinforcement where you can't find something on Google, so you go to Pinerest, but then you post on Pinterest because that's where you search. A vicious cycle

@cypnk @StevenSaus It's absolutely intentional, because they do monopolize search results and drown out original artists unless someone was kind enough to link it, and then only if you join Pinterest. They're poisoning the well to force people into their ecosystem and if Google had any care for their own image search they'd bury it as a practice.

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