I would like to propose this same level of care when using social curation sites, such as Pinterest. It may take some extra time, but I think it is only fair to the photographers, craftspeople, bloggers, etc that created the original content.
How? Use Google Images!
|note: you need to see that little camera icon at right edge of search box|
if you don't see one, your browser is too old, this tip won't work
(all Pinterest images are supposed to link back to their origin -- unless they were uploaded directly from the Pinner's computer)
There is a reason I'm called SpyGirl!
Click down on the image you like and drag it to the Google Image search box.
Here's what came up in my Image Search:
(Sometimes this goes only to the top level of a blog -- disheartening because you'll have to scroll a lot*).
Copy the URL
It is now time to Repin and curate responsibly!
After hitting Repin:
You are now a trustworthy curator! Yay!
If you're feeling especially anal, return to the source of your Pin, and add a comment, pasting in the same URL:
So I removed the "http://" and replaced the dots in the URL
*If you "don't have time" for all of this, may I suggest "Liking" the Pin instead of Repinning it?
I'd like to credit the catladies at GOMI for teaching me this trick.
Here's a humorous piece about the new usage of the term "Curate" written by ALEX WILLIAMS for the NY Times on 10/2/09