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Pinterest: Why You Shouldn't Pin Precious Info

Of course by "precious info" I mean that omgawd-I-need-to-save-that recipe, craft, or swoon worthy Tom Hardy image.

I don't know why this didn't dawn on me earlier, but this morning it hit me like a ton of bricks: Pinterest—as much as I love thee—is horrible at storing information. In my meager little hunt for a meatball entrée, I came across quite a few incorrectly pinned (a peeve for another time) recipes, as well as recipes where the link was dead. Which means, I'm stuck looking at delicious food images of entrées I'll never be able to recreate. Luckily >this gal!< is technically inclined and knew to look for the cached page. Score!

In an attempt to make life easier for others, I attempted to place the recipe itself as the description of the pin, however, you're limited to 500 characters. The recipe I wanted to save had 679, and no matter how I abbreviated and removed excess characters, it wasn't fitting.

After fighting the character limit for a few moments, I raised the white flag and opened up Evernote. I'm still an on-again/off-again Evernote user (though I have bookmarked Whitson's article on how to use Evernote correctly and give it a full go once again) so it's usually moments like this when I open it.


I do utilize an IFTTT recipe that auto-saves any pin I create in Pinterest to Evernote, but that's not going to solve any dead links.

If you're a Pinterest user, I implore you to check the links of the pins you're repinning. What you think you are pinning may be spam, linked incorrectly (e.g., it links to the main page, not the article the pin references), or bring you to a 404, aka a "ha ha it's no longer here!" page. Go to the source and save important items elsewhere (Evernote, for example). Delete broken links. One day, when you're in a crafty mood, you'll thank me.

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