Some Pinterest Users are Learning the Price of Free

Unless you control your content (say, with a blog at a domain name you control), you could find yourself learning the hard way why all these services you think are free, aren’t.

Almost three years ago, to the day, I blogged about Pinterest users (and users of other social media platforms) understanding the reality that if you use a platform controlled by someone else, you are a hamster in their cage (a metaphor I first learned from Dave Winer).

The post I wrote three years ago, “Just Because You Can Make Money From Something, Doesn’t Mean You Should, and Other Rules of the Web,” was about Pinterest being accused of “skimming links” — the practice of finding links on their platform ┬áthat go to ecommerce sites and converting those links to affiliate links in order to generate commissions from those ecommerce companies.

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