After my blog about Pinterest's somewhat concerning terms of service, I promptly deleted all my boards and stopped using the network. That may have been a harsh step, but Pinterest's terms of service were so disturbing, I felt strongly about taking a stand. And (believe it or not) Pinterest has now responded. Not only to me, of course, but to everyone who had concerns about its terms. I received an email from Pinterest just this weekend, and already, the story is all over the web. It's being reported in PCWorld, WebProNews, TechCrunch and a whole host of other sites. And the news is good. Pinterest has responded to user concerns (about copyright content, ownership, sale of content and the like) with a new set of terms.
Here's the email I received from Pinterest, in full:
Certainly, with these new terms in place, progress has been made. The issue of selling content was a big one, and I'm glad it's been addressed. Of course, I will have to comb through the new terms more closely before making a decision about whether I should return to using Pinterest, but still, I'm pleased to see that the organization is taking action. In fact, I think Pinterest took this opportunity to set itself apart from other social networks such as Facebook, which has become notorious for ignoring user concerns and complaints. And regardless of whether Pinterest's new terms are now completely issue-free, the service made a smart move in responding so quickly to our concerns. A social network that actually cares about its users? That may be something I can get behind.