Q. I’m a huge fan of Pinterest, I use it a lot, but I get really frustrated when I click on a pin that I think will take me to an article about the photo and instead I arrive at a website and the photo isn’t there. For example, I see pins for beautiful beaches I’d love to visit someday but when I click on the photo, the site doesn’t have a picture of the photo. Sometimes the site the pin leads to isn’t even about beaches.
Last month I was planning a party and using Pinterest to find dessert recipes. Sure enough, some of the pins I clicked on took me to sites that didn’t have the recipe in the pin. Some weren’t even recipe sites!
Is there any way to easily find the true source of the image being pinned? That would save me leaving Pinterest and doing a separate Google search.
Thanks for your help!
A. Great question. You’re right, Pinterest can be a source of inspiration for your next vacation destination. And you’re also right about how frustrating it can be when you click on a pin and arrive at a site that has nothing to do with the pin.
The good news is there’s a Chrome extension that makes it super easy to find the source of a Pinterest image. With one click you can see where the photo in the pin comes from and other sites where the photo is being used.
Pin Search – Image Search on Pinterest
The Chrome extension Pin Search – Image Search on Pinterest lets you easily find the source of a photo that’s been pinned on Pinterest and shows you other websites where that photo has been used.
Pin Search simply adds a Search button to Pinterest images. The Pin Search button appears when you hover your cursor over an image in your Pinterest feed. Click on the Search button and you’ll be taken to the results page of a Google Image Search for that photo.
The results page will show you sources for the photo as well as photos similar to the one you searched.
Using the Pin Search extension is much easier than downloading an image to your computer then uploading it again for a Google Image Search. Pin Search also works well because the button doesn’t block your view of pins, it only appears when you hover your cursor over a pin.
You can download the extension from the Chrome Web Store here: Pin Search – Image Search on Pinterest.
Even if the pin is from an accurate source you may want to use Pin Search to see other sites that use that photo in the pin. In your example about travel spots, you could use Pin Search to find other articles using that photo, perhaps leading you to other reviews of that destination.
Note that Google Image Search isn’t always able to detect the true source of the image. Sometimes your search results will show you Google’s best guess about the source of the photo or only show you similar photos to the one in the pin. But Google’s search results could lead you to an even better vacation destination!
You can also use Pin Search to try to find the owner of an image to request permission to use the image if you want to use the image in a blog post, advertising or other manner.
Have you ever clicked on a pin only to find that the site you were taken to didn’t have the pinned image? Have you ever tried to hunt down the source of an image on Pinterest? Have you tried Pin Search? Let us know in the Comments section below!