After making a public announcement a couple weeks ago about its spam problem, Pinterest has only seen more money-making schemes develop around its potentially lucrative set-up.
In an April 13 blog post, Pinterest acknowledged its spam issues, explaining its ever-improving Spam-fighting technology and overall effort to make things better. Since that time, commenters have continued posting their complaints, noting a rise in spammy posts. Just the other day, this blogger, who doesn't frequent Pinterest often, received an e-mail Spam notification for a weight loss scam that the Internet says has taken over the social networking site. And today, The Next Web's Nancy Messiah explains another Spam-ish money maker, PinDollars, which attaches affiliate links onto pins. Pinterest’s popularity has inspired people to find one way or another to capitalize on its growth. And a little "report pin" button isn't stopping that spam community growth.
All well-trafficked social media sites draw spammers trying to reel in unsuspecting users. Pinterest is indeed "killing it," with 104 million hits on March. And already working and looking a lot like Tumblr, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Pinterest has attracted both the porn and spam that abetted Tumblr's "meteoric rise." Of course, Facebook and Twitter have varying degrees of spam, too. But more than other social networks, Pinterest, with its retail heavy focus, has the potential to draw money hungry spammers.