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Title: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: DigiGal on July 15, 2017, 01:19:02 PM
 :alert:  Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future. . .  :banging head:

(https://4.img-dpreview.com/files/p/E~TS520x0~articles/6875746538/Screen_Shot_2017-07-03_at_12.17.01_PM.png)  (https://www.chroniknet.de/assets/197293_1.jpg)

On June 28, 2017, Photobucket changed its Terms of Use regarding free accounts and third party hosting (hosting on forums, eBay, etc). Only the most expensive plan, at $399.99 per year, now permits third party hosting and linking to forums, etc. Which effectively alienating a very large percentage of their users, whom only used Photobucket for third-party image hosting. Photobucket made this change with no input or consultation with their current users, or the public. Adding this to photobuckets use of excessive pop-up ads, scams, clickbait advertisements, and in some cases viruses embedded in ads, the number of active account quickly decreased.

This new business model has caused thousands of forum DIY's and write-ups with explanatory pictures to be rendered useless. Ebay and Etsy have also been affected, in addition to many forums and blogs. Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after the photo-sharing service changed its terms.

Photobucket offered free and subscription based (Plus) accounts. Free account users received 2 GB of storage for photo and video uploads, 10 GB of transfers (which they call "bandwidth") per month for sharing and linking, and unlimited access to Photobucket’s editing, slideshow, and Story features. "Plus" accounts were structured into storage tiers offerring unlimited bandwidth, use of site features, and an advertisement free experience.

The following described subscription pricing as of October 2016:
2 GB - free
20 GB - $2.99/month, $29.99/year
50 GB - $4.99/month, $49.99/year
100 GB - $8.99/month, $89.99/year
200 GB - $16.99/month, $169.99/year
500 GB - $39.99/month, $399.99/year <<--- (As of June 30, 2017, the only option that allows embedding/hotlinking)
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Ben Turnbull on July 16, 2017, 04:38:09 PM
Unless my avi is blank and no one's told me... (thanks,kids...) then my PB account is still working as designed. Maybe it's been "grandfathered" in.  :wink2:
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: DigiGal on July 16, 2017, 04:56:54 PM
Unless my avi is blank and no one's told me... (thanks,kids...) then my PB account is still working as designed. Maybe it's been "grandfathered" in.  :wink2:

Dude, your avi is/was blank [?] wasn't there then it was again !  They appear to be rolling this out in batches or groups so it will affect everyone.  I didn't get hit until the second round myself, I've been using them for linking for about ten years.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Ben Turnbull on July 16, 2017, 06:15:04 PM
Wow... So you're suggesting it's gone now, or was and is now back?  I can see it. Is that possible?  What are our hosting options?  I've been using PB for ages too. :shrug:
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: 108Ω on July 16, 2017, 06:45:40 PM
https://www.google.com/search?q=free+image+hosting

Hey, man, everybody's got something to hide, except me and my monkey. (http://www.uexpress.com/tell-me-a-story/2005/2/27/the-monkey-kings-bridge-a-buddhist)


Yeah, the Grandkids are back in town, to see Trump's U.S.A . for the Summer.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: DigiGal on July 16, 2017, 07:13:53 PM
Wow... So you're suggesting it's gone now, or was and is now back?  I can see it. Is that possible?  What are our hosting options?  I've been using PB for ages too. :shrug:

Yes, it was missing when I first typed my response, then it was there later when I came back.  When I clicked on your missing avi it took me to your profile where it was missing too so I grabbed a screen cap to show you and went back to the post and your avi was there.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Fatah Ruark (aka MIKE B) on July 16, 2017, 07:22:57 PM
I got that email too. I clicked the link just to see how much it would cost to continue to use the service.

I about fell out of my chair when I saw the price. These guys are out of their gourds if they think anyone is going to pay that amount.

If it were something like $1-$2/month I'd consider it. I really don't use the service much except to host images of items I sell (here and other places).
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Gordon on July 16, 2017, 11:16:10 PM
I got that email too. I clicked the link just to see how much it would cost to continue to use the service.

I about fell out of my chair when I saw the price. These guys are out of their gourds if they think anyone is going to pay that amount.

If it were something like $1-$2/month I'd consider it. I really don't use the service much except to host images of items I sell (here and other places).

same!  it's unbelievable they people will go from free to $40 a month just to 3rd party image host.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Ben Turnbull on July 17, 2017, 12:08:52 AM
DigiGal, so you're saying you do not see my avi now?  Odd that I see it, or do I just not get it?
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: bombdiggity on July 17, 2017, 02:37:34 AM
DigiGal, so you're saying you do not see my avi now?  Odd that I see it, or do I just not get it?

I see it now but it was gone earlier...  They're messin' with it. 
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: morst on July 17, 2017, 03:28:10 AM
Be neat if the Wayback machine at the archive.org had a copy of the relevant images...
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: DigiGal on July 17, 2017, 10:38:03 AM
DigiGal, so you're saying you do not see my avi now?  Odd that I see it, or do I just not get it?

I see it now but it was gone earlier...  They're messin' with it.

Yeah Ben, your avatar seems to come and go, gone this morning and back again.

Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: rocksuitcase on July 17, 2017, 11:03:18 AM
I don't see it at all Ben. but I use FF with Ublock origin.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: ilduclo on July 17, 2017, 11:12:28 AM
my photos are still there in my account on PB. I seldom used them as 3rd party hoster. A good alternative host for photos is blogger
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Fatah Ruark (aka MIKE B) on July 17, 2017, 01:07:36 PM
Is there any "business reason" to intentionally charge so much that you guarantee you go out of business? I'm thinking so sort of (legal) write off scam?

Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: goodcooker on July 21, 2017, 10:06:11 AM

Wouldn't be the first time someone deliberately ran a business into the reef to get out of a massive amount of debt... :hmmm:
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: rigpimp on July 21, 2017, 10:59:34 AM
Thank you for posting this.  I was wondering why people's avatars started to disappear, including my own. 

After using Photobucket for over 15 years I just deleted all of my photos and my account.

I suggest backing your data up and/or removing it before it is held hostage.

I just used this site to replace my avatar:  http://tinypic.com/
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: ArchivalAudio on July 21, 2017, 07:32:54 PM
yes I noticed while I was away at OCF and NWSS I returned so see my new avatar...
 :(
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: morst on July 22, 2017, 02:00:33 AM
Thanks, it works!

(I had to dig for the raw link but I found it)

I just used this site to replace my avatar:  http://tinypic.com/
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Fatah Ruark (aka MIKE B) on July 22, 2017, 01:58:16 PM
I moved my avatar to imgur.com (http://imgur.com). I don't see them going anywhere soon.

Luckily I don't really have anything valuable on Photobucket, although it was interesting to see what I had up there. I've sold a lot of stuff that I've completely forgot about. Also some good trips down memory lane (like seeing a photo my old JB3).
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: 108Ω on July 23, 2017, 08:49:49 PM

I stopped using PB in 2005 when it was taken over by Brazilians  ???

Brazilians?!  Dang, that's a pretty big number....

FYI, googlespace is free up to 15gb

To make files public, although still subject to Google's TOC, set folder as "public".
Then access with URL in the form of:
https://googledrive.com/host/<folderID>/<filename>
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Ben Turnbull on July 23, 2017, 09:22:30 PM
Thank you for posting this.  I was wondering why people's avatars started to disappear, including my own. 

After using Photobucket for over 15 years I just deleted all of my photos and my account.

I suggest backing your data up and/or removing it before it is held hostage.

I just used this site to replace my avatar:  http://tinypic.com/

Hummmm

From the terms of use doc, ... first paragraph, bold is  mine

TinyPic.com Terms of Use Agreement

May 2, 2008

Photobucket, Inc. ("TinyPic" or "we") operates TinyPic.com (the "Site"), which is an image and video sharing service that allows Users (as defined in the following paragraph) to store images and videos and share them across the internet and create unique personal profiles online. TinyPic allows Users to upload images and videos and associate them with a unique URL to create online access to the images and videos for themselves and others, on the site and on other websites where a User posts the URL ("the quick link feature").

Good luck, campers. I think I'll try to use DropBox.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: bombdiggity on July 23, 2017, 09:30:53 PM

Photobucket, Inc. ("TinyPic" or "we") operates TinyPic.com


 :cheers:
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: rigpimp on July 23, 2017, 10:23:49 PM

Photobucket, Inc. ("TinyPic" or "we") operates TinyPic.com


 :cheers:

Ironic that it is free and the other Bucket is not.  I don't mind shuffling my Jarts Avatar around a couple of times, as needed.  Hell, I could host it myself if it really came down to it...
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Ben Turnbull on July 23, 2017, 11:08:15 PM
I - AM - NOT - A - ROBOT!!!   :angry3:

Geez, I hate that verification scheme. Took 4e4 to delete my account. Couldn't download anything either, despite the "download album" option.

And my linking a file in DropBox doesn't work as is.  That's disappointing. Binky will do till I can reinstate Johnny V.

Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: lsd2525 on July 24, 2017, 12:04:10 PM
I've always wondered why you can't load an image from your local machine?
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: 108Ω on July 24, 2017, 08:31:47 PM

I - AM - NOT - A - ROBOT!!!   :angry3:


Human thinks it a bad thing

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/816467a799bb267520d71bb668830f93/tumblr_mqcig8xTZX1snnuf6o3_500.gif)
       Find a robot addicted to television, or anything for that matter, ...
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: audBall on July 24, 2017, 09:47:59 PM
I've always wondered why you can't load an image from your local machine?

Care to leave your machine on all the time and be our new image host?  ;)

I currently have my avatar on imgur.com and I don't even have an account. The nice thing about their site is that the server holds onto the file 6 months, so long as the file is linked/accessed, otherwise it gets deleted. However, I wouldn't recommend the site for storage of picture collections.

Unfortunately, the fate of all image sites seems to be the way of bloat.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Ben Turnbull on July 25, 2017, 02:26:31 AM
Not to make more work for the TS mods, but I wonder if, say site supporters, could upload their avis to the TS server and have it as available to membership as my little friend Binky?  (And those boiler plate images are handy to get nOObs going, but really,  how many shots of Trey etal is enough? Just sayin'.  Same for the suite of Jerry shots.) . . .  grumpy old man goes to bed now.   :zzz:
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Brian Skalinder on July 27, 2017, 12:48:30 PM
I've always wondered why you can't load an image from your local machine?

Generally, you can upload images from your local machine.  The policy for a long time has been:

we prefer TSers upload pics directly to TS only if they relate specifically to taping / recording / gear content and are instructive or illustrative in a useful way.

But we restricted avatar uploads ages ago, before I became a mod, I assume because it was becoming an issue in some way.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Brian Skalinder on July 27, 2017, 01:07:07 PM
Oh, hey -- while I have some potentially interested parties here:

One of our users is having trouble editing old posts (like 7 years old) to update image links.  I checked permissions and settings and everything seems fine -- edit permission enabled, with no post 'age' cutoff to prevent users from editing after a certain period of time.

Can one or a couple of you with some seriously old posts go back to try to edit one and let me know what happens?
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: ArchivalAudio on July 27, 2017, 04:15:55 PM
well - just to try to attempt to keep my old bucket of photos in one place I was / am trying to dowload my pics. Used both chorme and safari so far, and after I click I am not a robot, I can not download my albums. I am not (domn't want to try to d/L each photo individually.
I want to cancel my account now that all the images I have posted here are  not appearing. But I do wan tto back them up asI have years of pic there.

any suggestions?


EDIT: - well that sucked- I downloaded each pic individually, then deleted them all... all during many (too many) pop up ads. then deleted my account after proving I'm not a robot, clicking on the the squares with pants, then cars... DONE.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Gutbucket on July 27, 2017, 07:03:14 PM
Oh, hey -- while I have some potentially interested parties here:

One of our users is having trouble editing old posts (like 7 years old) to update image links.  I checked permissions and settings and everything seems fine -- edit permission enabled, with no post 'age' cutoff to prevent users from editing after a certain period of time.

Can one or a couple of you with some seriously old posts go back to try to edit one and let me know what happens?

Just successfully edited this one from January, '06-  http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=57742.msg760995#msg760995
Text exit only, no pictures. Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: Ben Turnbull on July 28, 2017, 11:24:43 AM
I moved my avatar to imgur.com (http://imgur.com). I don't see them going anywhere soon.

<snip>

bingo! +T for the tip.  Did I read that that site holds the pix for a set time, unless they get accessed? Is TS'ers reading posts going to serve that end?
Title: Re: Photobucket Boldly Pioneers Revenue Generation and Predicts Bright Shiny Future
Post by: audBall on July 28, 2017, 12:58:08 PM
^ Yes, I've been using it more than 6-months now and it hasn't been removed (see my previous post). Of course, it's a good idea to also keep a copy on your machine or backup just in case.

Unfortunately, imgur has been bloating little-by-little. It's bound to happen so be prepared.