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    Glendon Mellow said:

    Hi Susanna! Although I still have to re-populate my boards, I agree Pinterest can be an incredibly useful tool, and with the new Terms of Service, content creators and image makers have nothing to fear (at least, no more or less than they have to fear whether they are on it or not).

    I can’t speak for my Symbiartic co-blogger Kalliopi, but as far as I’m concerned, Pinterest has a lot of value now that they’ve removed the “irrevocable right to sell and otherwise exploit images in perpetuity”. The fact that the images link back to the original source is useful both as a visual book-marking site and in driving traffic to content creators. Although my initial conversations with them were alarming and dodgy (“it’s a standard Terms of Service” errrr, no. No it wasn’t.), they came through and listened.

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    Rosemary Redfield said:

    Sorry, the html tag looked fine in the ‘Preview’ view, but it went wonky when actually posted.

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    Susanna Speier said:

    They did listen, but could be doing more. Tumblr, by comparison, offers three unique watermarking opportunities and you can embed Creative Commons licenses into tons of things. Just doesn’t make sense they’re not being more proactive about it, given the volume (not to mention legitimacy) of outcries. That said, I’m eager to see your pins. LMK when you’re on again, k?

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    Susanna Speier said:

    Great post, Rosemary. Left my response in the comments section.

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    Mary Canady said:

    Great post! I too see the potential but we know scientists can be skeptical!

    Here are two great Pinterest boards by scientists I’ve found, also showing the potential:

    http://pinterest.com/katiepuk/seemyscience/ (@katie_phd’s board from the #seemyscience Twitter hashtag)

    http://pinterest.com/artologica/science-art-/ (@artologica’s science art board, featuring some of her etsy work)

    The possibilities for capturing open access images from, for example, microscopy, the field (citizen science), or the lab (including helping people understand science e.g. #iamscience) are exciting!

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    Susanna Speier said:

    Beautiful boards, Mary. Thanks so much for sharing them. I just launched a Tumblr for anyone who would like to continue to conversation about science conversations using images: http://alfredscabinet.tumblr.com/

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