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Monday, April 30, 2012

Announcing Attribution and Easy Sharing with Flickr

Pins are the most useful when they link back to the original source. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve worked with Flickr and other communities to make it easier to pin and credit content creators. Images with sharing enabled on Flickr now have a Pin It button, and pins from Flickr now have a clear attribution statement on Pinterest.

Pin It from Flickr

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You can now find a Pinterest button in the Flickr share menu to easily pin everything that you can share via Flickr, including photo pages, favorites, and groups. If you pin frequently, the Pin It button will show as one of the two shortcuts directly on the photopage.

Attribution on Pins

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Attribution appears below the pin’s description and provides a permanent link to the work, its author, and where they host their content. Because attribution cannot be edited, photographers can rest assured that pins and repins of their work will credit and link back to them.

We think simple and automatic attribution is a step forward for the sharing of content online, so we went even further than adding attribution to pins directly from Flickr. We will also retrieve attribution data from Flickr if a photo is pinned from a website or blog embedding a Flickr image.

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Attribution is a work in progress and we’ll continue to add additional sources. In fact, today we’re also rolling out attribution for Behance, Vimeo and YouTube. We’re excited to make it easier to credit and connect with the creators of the beautiful things you discover on Pinterest. If you’d like to learn more, check out our attribution documentation. As always, we value your feedback!

Kent Brewster, Web Guy, currently obsessed with pinning to Electric Cars.