Why can’t I pin from my site?


If you’ve tried to pin something you’ve seen here on pinterest and gotten a message that I don’t allow that, just know that I’ve been beating my head against the wall trying to figure out where that came from. For weeks I’d been happily pinning away and then one day out of the clear blue sky all my photos started disappearing from my bookmarklet before I could get one pinned. I tried again over the weekend and found them all grayed out saying I hadn’t given permission, but I hadn’t ever not given permission either, so I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Google was no help. It was a huge mystery.

And then…I cracked it. Turns out, it’s not a pinterest problem, it’s a flickr problem. I host all my photos at flickr, and one day they just changed the settings without me realizing it. I know from my twitter feed that I’m not the only one out there with this issue, so I thought I’d help you all out.

Go to your flickr account and click on the arrow next to the word “You.” Select Account Settings.
There are tabs under the title “Your Account.” Select the “Privacy and Permissions” tab. The third option down says “Allow others to share your stuff,” click on the “edit” link at the end of the row.

This will take you to a screen where you can toggle between “Yes that would be lovely” and “No thanks.” Select Yes, then hit the save button. In a few minutes people will be able to spread your pictures all across the internet.

I know I’m not usually “solve your tech problems” girl, but if I can save even one person from bashing their head in out of frustration, it’s worth the departure.