Pinterest Cool Mom PicksToday Pinterest announced changes in their Terms of Service, which go into effect April 6, and people are chattering. It’s as if Pinterest is now so popular, their users are heading towards the fourth stage of social media networking. As in: 1. Excitement, 2. Evangelism, 3. Skepticism, 4. Paranoia about all the idiots who’ve devised ways to ruin everything for everyone.

(Kidding of course. Kind of.)

But in all honesty, what started as a lovely social sharing resource for the design community has blown up to be so big, it makes sense that Pinterest is adapting with their own growth–and the ways that people seek to use it now. And it’s perfect timing, with the new redesign that just launched a couple of weeks ago.

Here are a few of the important changes that they noted in particular:

original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant
Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never
our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms

•We updated our Acceptable Use Policyand we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.

•We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements. [see the Pinterest copyright infringement notification form here.]

•Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.

This last one we think is of particular interest–it’s exciting to
think that you can now create private inspiration board without having
to get involved with the community aspect that can be time consuming, or
even intrusive. If we’re pulling together pins to throw a secret Cool
Mom Tech launch party for example, it would be nice to pull together resources into a a board that we can keep all secret-like

Hope this helps – and happy pinning! –Liz

Do we love Pinterest? Yes we do! You can follow our boards for Cool Mom Tech and Cool Mom Picks any time, and even repin our credited content right from a dandy “pinterest” link at the bottom of any post.

And for more ideas on how to use Pinterest, see this post with amazing suggestions from our own readers.