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4:30 pm on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Report: Pinterest Losing Users? [sfgate.com]

After its growth slowed in March, it looks like photo-sharing/collecting site Pinterest is actually losing users in April.

With such a fast rate of growth, perhaps it's early adopters are tiring. I think it needs a bit more time to see if it levels off.
8:02 pm on May 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I watched a youtube video of one gentleman creating 1800 accounts and spamming his small army of blogs and automating comments to encourage more interaction. The video seemed real but was quickly removed so I can't say for sure but I was left with the impression that Pinterest is ripe with abusers and there's no way to tell the difference.

With success comes fraud and I think Pinterest needs to stay ahead of the curve, I'm not sure they are right now.
6:54 pm on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Maybe they got hit with the Penguin update :)
7:39 pm on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I pop in and out to see what is going on.

There seem to be many pins that have been created by spammers on there. Spammers find the most pinned photos and repin with their own urls, probably to drop cookies or drive traffic to their own sites. When you click on some of these pictures you either get a 404 or a message saying that the page has been removed due to spam (I have reported a few too). Quite a turnoff and wondering if the inundation of the same photos together with lots of spam has anything to do with it.
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Probably deleting spammers. My heavens, there's a lot of that on Pinterest. Just do a search and all the results are dominated by spam. Hopefully they do fix it, because it really has killed the search functionality at the moment.
2:52 am on June 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I hate spammers
They ruin everything
2:08 am on June 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm rooting for the spammers on this one.
1:35 am on June 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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iv'e seen some accounts with almost a million followers.. ofc they are white hat accounts ;)
11:42 am on June 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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When you sign up, Pinterest automatically makes you follow 10 massive copyright infringers of THEIR choice. These are the people with millions of followers.

Black hat accounts are plastered with commercial stuff, sometimes the same thing repeated, they're easy to identify and no one follows them except bots from other black hat accounts.

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