Pinterest quietly profits off its users’ links – Feb. 10, 2012
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Pinterest, which allows users to create a virtual pinboard showcasing items they find around the Web, has quietly been appending affiliate links to some pins — the ones featuring goods for sale online through Amazon (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Target and thousands of other merchants. Those links generate payments for Pinterest from the retailers if someone clicks through and buys a product featured in the pin.
The practice has been going on for months, but drew little notice until a blog post this week on LLsocial.com highlighted and explained the modified links.
“It’s big news in the tech community because Pinterest is the social network that everyone wants to take to the prom this year,” says Amy Webb, CEO of strategy firm Webmedia Group. “As a result, everyone’s paying close attention.”
Pinterest was founded in early 2010, but its traffic soared over the past six months as its popularity snowballed. CNN.com commentator Pete Cashmore recently called it “the breakout social network of 2012.”
Pinterest’s pins let users create online catalogues spotlighting their passions, such as travel, fashion and design. But many users weren’t aware that that the company had been monetizing their content.
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Posted on February 11, 2012, in Article and tagged Amazon.com, Amy Webb, EBay, Feb 10 2012, Fortune 500, Pinterest, Social network, Social networking service, Thomas Sowell, Webmedia Group, World Wide Web. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.