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    Pinterest Automation for invites

    Does anybody know of a tool or method to automate posting invites to Pinterest followers to pin on my group boards? I am using PinPioneer to cover most other pinterest needs I have, but this aspect as painfully manual at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmeandy View Post
    Does anybody know of a tool or method to automate posting invites to Pinterest followers to pin on my group boards? I am using PinPioneer to cover most other pinterest needs I have, but this aspect as painfully manual at the moment.
    Why would you want to automatically invite people to be able to post to a board? Don't you need to qualify that they (a) post the right type of information and (b) are interested first?
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    Yes absolutely but that has already been established by virtue of their repinning items from my boards. Thiose that start pinning on the boards I verify the day they pin that the subject matter is appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmeandy View Post
    Yes absolutely but that has already been established by virtue of their repinning items from my boards. Thiose that start pinning on the boards I verify the day they pin that the subject matter is appropriate.
    So wouldn't this require you to manually handle the addition?

    Pinterest does not have a public API yet so there's only a handful of things that can be managed externally and many of those require trusting a third party with your access credentials which is not necessarily the best idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
    So wouldn't this require you to manually handle the addition?

    Pinterest does not have a public API yet so there's only a handful of things that can be managed externally and many of those require trusting a third party with your access credentials which is not necessarily the best idea.
    No not given a tool that can function from processing a list. I have about 160ish boards, travel and activities themes, each one relevent to different people: one on China, one India, one kayaking etc Across the boards I am getting 100 new followers per day, forget those that are repinning I cant keep up with it. Using PinPioneer I am able to harvest a list of followers, I can process this using many different tools (excel for instance) to extract just those that are new, these are who I would like to invite, if 10 percent of these actually take up the offer and start pinning, I only need to reveiw 10 percent of the followers not all of them, as these are immediately visible in notifications. Those that pin inappropriately are booted off the board.

    I know there is not a public API as yet (or at least it is in moth balls) and of course the credentials thing is a risk, but one that for me might be carefully worth the risk. I know there is UBot which possibly could handle things, but beyond my budget, I have iMacros as a possible option though not sure if it is up to the job and might be an expensive investment in time only to find out it's not.

    Net result is keeping my eyes open to alternatives. Hence this thread.

    Cheers Ted.

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    Hi guys,
    I keep getting messages saying there are new replies yet I cant see them in here- any thoughts?

    for instance latest:
    blorooseo has just replied to a thread you have subscribed to entitled - Pinterest Automation for invites - in the Social Media forum of SitePoint Forums.

    Not visible on my listing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmeandy View Post
    I keep getting messages saying there are new replies yet I cant see them in here- any thoughts?

    for instance latest:
    blorooseo has just replied to a thread you have subscribed to entitled - Pinterest Automation for invites - in the Social Media forum of SitePoint Forums.

    Not visible on my listing!
    Not everyone post that gets made on the forums stays made. Some are deleted because they are "fluff" or spam or break the rules in any number of other ways. If you get a notification but there's no post here then you can relax in the knowledge that you haven't missed anything worthwhile!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie D View Post
    Off Topic:


    Not everyone post that gets made on the forums stays made. Some are deleted because they are "fluff" or spam or break the rules in any number of other ways. If you get a notification but there's no post here then you can relax in the knowledge that you haven't missed anything worthwhile!
    Fair enough - thanks Stevie D

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    I have used Ninja Pinner

    official website

    Code:
    http://ninjapinner.com/
    Here are some of its features:

    Target your market based specific keyword.

    Auto Follow feature that allows you to mass follow other users fast, gaining you thousands of followers back

    Auto Pin feature that allows you to mass re-pin other images on autopilot getting you exposure

    Auto Commenter feature that allows you to send out comments to all others users.

    Auto like feature that allows you to mass like pins, boards, etc.


    You can check it if it meets your requirements.

    The other options are pinranker pro and pin blaster.

    These are not spam tools but just help in automation of most of the tasks that we perform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarrieB View Post
    These are not spam tools but just help in automation of most of the tasks that we perform.
    Most of the actions you've listed are expressly forbidden by pinterest or considered SPAM by any reasonable definition. More importantly there is little benefit to automation given that interaction is what creates results.
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    I have never hear about any tool which automatically invites the followers. I am invite the other members manually for pin boards so i thinks its better, when a member follow your board then you can send invitation by editing your board and add his/her name in invitation column.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted S View Post
    More importantly there is little benefit to automation given that interaction is what creates results.
    Come on Ted - have you used Pinterest? - engagement with other users is not its strong point.

    If you pin 1000 pins you will be lucky to get one or two comments, if you respond to others comments your efforts will almost always hit a brick wall. Using Pinterest is about extending a list of images. Which other will either follow, repin, or ignore. Its ripe for automation. Automation may not be something they want for whatever reasons, but it is not reasonable to give someone a set of drums and then say don't make a noise.

    If they are negative about automation why be involved in the digital arena, it is automation by definition, with the only bottlekneck to throughput being the human interface.

    As I said before Automation is not spam. Spam is unsolicited messaging! Automation is the same action that would have otherwise occurred but without the human interface making it therefore as fast as technologically possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callmeandy View Post
    Come on Ted - have you used Pinterest? - engagement with other users is not its strong point.

    If you pin 1000 pins you will be lucky to get one or two comments, if you respond to others comments your efforts will almost always hit a brick wall. Using Pinterest is about extending a list of images. Which other will either follow, repin, or ignore. Its ripe for automation. Automation may not be something they want for whatever reasons, but it is not reasonable to give someone a set of drums and then say don't make a noise.

    If they are negative about automation why be involved in the digital arena, it is automation by definition, with the only bottlekneck to throughput being the human interface.

    As I said before Automation is not spam. Spam is unsolicited messaging! Automation is the same action that would have otherwise occurred but without the human interface making it therefore as fast as technologically possible.

    Maybe you should take some time to read Pinterest's acceptable use doc. Ted is right! :

    You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities:

    Attempt to access or search the Services, User Content or Pinterest Content or scrape or download User Content or Pinterest Content from the Services, or otherwise use, upload content to, or create new links, reposts, or referrals in the Service through the use of any engine, software, tool, agent, device or mechanism (including automated scripts, spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools or the like) other than the software and/or search agents provided by Pinterest or other generally available third party web browsers;
    Send any unsolicited or unauthorized spam and spam comments on posts, advertising messages, promotional materials, email, junk mail, chain letters or other form of solicitation;
    http://about.pinterest.com/use/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    Maybe you should take some time to read Pinterest's acceptable use doc. Ted is right! :

    http://about.pinterest.com/use/
    Ted is not correct. Their acceptable use policy is irrelevant, in terms of whether or not something is spam. the method of how a repin is made or how a new pin is put up may not be acceptable to Pinterest but that does not make it spam (spam is an unsolicited message).

    On the spam issue if it helps you understand what spam is try googling: A definition of Spam
    If it helps here is the free dict url http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Spam you can ignore the references to canned food!


    So coming back to their acceptable use policy seeing how you wish to derail this thread:
    Do you think an organisations terms and conditions or TOS are always ethical, moral, or within "fair use"?

    It is up to us as individuals to decide if we are overstepping the mark when refusing any of these. Its a good job Microsoft, broke from ethics when they allegedly and arguably stole IBM's core new OS which they decided to call Windows. The ultimate hypocrites who respect nobody else's ethics, TOS or even European law.

    Of course some organisations are reasonable. What's important is that we are the guardian's of our own actions and choices to infringe or break contract with each other or with organisations. When these breeches are beyond the law obviously there is a potential cost.

    So please shyflower let myself and the governance of Pinterest have our debate over what is "fair use", about the differences between legitimate automation and automation for the sake of spam, and then we can fight about whose jurisdiction we are in.

    Thanks for your contribution!

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    As someone who has been on staff at this forum for several years, I have an excellent understanding of what spam is. However, rather than just put the term fair use in quotes, I suggest that you take a look at copyright law and see what it really is.

    Further, although you may disagree with Pinterest's TOS, it is still 'their' site and if you don't follow their rules they will close your account there.

    Finally, no one here is attempting to 'derail' your thread. Yet, no matter who starts a thread, we don't allow poor advice to our members to stand unchallenged.

    Moreover, rudeness is not tolerated at SitePoint and if you can't be civil, your thread will be closed.
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    It may not be spam, but by the TOS, it does look like automation tools are strictly forbidden. May not seem fair, but automation tools DO put a strain on their servers. And it's either restrict things that cause an impact on their server, or make it a pay service.

    Attempt to access or search the Services, User Content or Pinterest Content or scrape or download User Content or Pinterest Content from the Services, or otherwise use, upload content to, or create new links, reposts, or referrals in the Service through the use of any engine, software, tool, agent, device or mechanism (including automated scripts, spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools or the like) other than the software and/or search agents provided by Pinterest or other generally available third party web browsers;
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyflower View Post
    As someone who has been on staff at this forum for several years, I have an excellent understanding of what spam is. However, rather than just put the term fair use in quotes, I suggest that you take a look at copyright law and see what it really is.

    Further, although you may disagree with Pinterest's TOS, it is still 'their' site and if you don't follow their rules they will close your account there.

    Finally, no one here is attempting to 'derail' your thread. Yet, no matter who starts a thread, we don't allow poor advice to our members to stand unchallenged.

    Moreover, rudeness is not tolerated at SitePoint and if you can't be civil, your thread will be closed.
    This is getting silly.

    Spam is unsolicited messages. Look up the definition.

    Shyflower what has copyright got to do with anything about this thread, please explain what I don't understand about copyright, and explain why I need to read up about it ( a subject by the way that I am fully conversant with)

    How I am being rude? I am continually having to defend the fact that I am not spamming and explain to you what Spam is in order to make a defence. DaveMaxwell clearly agrees it is not spam. If defending my position is being rude what is your attack on my motives?

    As regards server loading David that would be a fair point if I was advocating using automation in a way that would overload Pinterest's servers however all I am seeking to do is avoid the time spent on something that I would otherwise need to do manually. There is not an increase in burden upon their resources in any way! Just a reduction in my own overheads.

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    The bottom line here is that no matter what your rational is for doing so, we are not going to accept questions or replies that suggest circumventing another site's TOS.

    Thread closed
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