and as the new kid on the block, it's come in for its fair share of stick too.
The main concerns have been centred around the issue of copyright, which I think have stemmed from some seemingly clumsily-worded and ill-thought-out policy which appears to claim Pinterest owns rights to pretty much everything. However, it does also state quite clearly that it supports copyright law.
The other copyright issue, a slightly smaller one I think (although it might feel like a massive one!) is that your images may get repinned with titles like this is easy, DIY, I'm going to make this, etc. Of course, because Pinterest is ideally suited to being a collection of images for inspiration and ideas, some people are going to use it to copy your ideas.
But, quite frankly, people were doing that anyway. They just weren't telling you.
Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not supportive of copying. Much better to use other people's ideas as a springboard for developing your own. That way we all grow and develop - and you bring new things into the world.
If you choose not to use Pinterest, I think you're missing out. But you should also know that images from your blog or website might already be on there. You can check by going to pinterest.com/source/yourwebsite.com (obviously insert your own URL).
For my part, I'm more than happy to use Pinterest (check out my pins here). At least those who do decide to copy have a link to my own website should the copying prove too difficult and they decide to buy! And the people looking at their pins can see where to go for more info.
Oh, and the other problem with Pinterest? Its addictive properties. It's way worse than cake.