Many of my readers and subscribers are Pinterest users, so I really wanted to share some surprising information with you. I recently discovered a Pinterest page where someone was impersonating me. My name and avatar were there, accompanying a set of boards which were not mine. Very strange! I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why anyone would do that since it couldn’t possibly benefit them in any way. Even worse – they could be pinning horrid recipes I wouldn’t be caught dead making! The horror! Seriously though…I reported it to Pinterest, and they were really great about dealing with the problem immediately. Here’s what they had to say:
“Thanks for reporting this user. We’ve deactivated that account for impersonation.
Sometimes fake/impersonating accounts can be spam accounts “in the making”. In an attempt to appear genuine, spammers can use automatic scripts to find real names and use profile pictures of others.”
They also recommended changing my password on Pinterest and Facebook/Twitter. Of course the account still shows up in a search, but it now links to a nonexistent page. Lesson learned? We all need to keep an eye on our name and our content. So don’t be shy, get out there and Google yourself!