Pins with Broken Links

What can be more disappointing than finding an interesting pin and clicking it just to get a "Page not found" error? This problem (also known as Link rot) usually happens because of changes on the website that the pin links to. Most pins start with a source link that works fine. But then the page may get deleted or moved without a proper redirect, resulting in a broken link. This problem get worse over time, so if you have been pinning for a while, chances are some of your pins are no longer working. BoardBooster labs just wrapped up a round of research around this, and found that nearly 1 out of 10 pins appear to have broken links (9.4% to be precise). In addition to that, we found that 1.8% of pins don't have a source link at all!

Shameless Plug

A diligent pinner may ask whether there is an easy way to solve this problem. We're happy to say that BoardBooster includes a tool called Pin Doctor that can test all your pins and find all broken links, missing links, duplicate pins and pins that link to irrelevant pages. Last but not least, it can test one of your boards for free! We'd love it if you take a minute to try Pin Doctor, and send some feedback to [email protected]

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