consumer experience

So what happened to all our Photobucket hosted images, and what alternatives do we have?

For at least ten years, I’ve been a Photobucket user. It’s not my primary image stash site (Thank god) but I’ve been known to put some of my more interesting or important image albums out there. I’ve become a dependent user who trusted the site.

I even took to using the site to embed about five or ten images over the years… tiny little images that are social media icons. It seemed like the easier, more centralized resource to use to host and embed a few tiny images. Right?

That all changed on Saturday July 15th, 2017. when suddenly my websites social media image links got swapped out for this replacement image:


Or at least that’s when I took note of the Ontela-owned Photobucket image service.  Photobucket used to be owned by two individuals, with a little help from some capital venture. Then Fox Interactive Media (News Corp) bought it from them. Then in 2009 News Corp sold it to the Seattle mobile imaging startup Ontela.  Ontela then renamed itself to Photobucket, and here’s where we stand today.

“As of June 30, 2017, Photobucket requires a $99 annual subscription to allow external linking to all hosted images and a $399 annual subscription to allow the embedding of images on third-party websites, such as personal blogs and forums. This policy change, enacted with no advance notice, has been highly controversial” (Wikipedia)

And as noted, without any advance notice, like a courtesy email notification or what have you, they’ve decided to frack over anyone with an embedded image and change the look to your images, on your bulletin boards, websites, blog posts, etc. with that stupid, overly large image. And yes that image is that size, no matter where you were using it.

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Any way, when I followed the suggested link in the hijacked image, it seems that because I want to use their resource to embed images, they want to have me now pay for their service. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean, upgrade my account. (See the above quote)

So I’ve been busy.

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