Photo Hosting > Photobucket > Photobucket

Commercial? Yes
Type of site Image Hosting Service
Registration Not Required
Created by Alex Welch
Darren Crystal
Launched 2003
Alexa rank 120 (July 2011)
Current status Active

Photobucket is an image hosting, video hosting, slideshow creation and photo sharing website. It was founded in 2003 by Alex Welch and Darren Crystal and received funding from Trinity Ventures. It was acquired by Fox Interactive Media in 2007.

In December 2009, Fox's parent company, News Corp sold Photobucket to Seattle mobile imaging startup Ontela. Ontela then renamed itself Photobucket Inc. and continues to operate as Photobucket.

In June 2010, Photobucket was named in the Lead411's Hottest Seattle Companies list.

Photobucket is usually used for personal photographic albums, remote storage of avatars displayed on internet forums, and storage of videos. Photobucket's image hosting is often used for eBay, MySpace (from 2007–2009, a corporate cousin), Bebo, Neopets, and Facebook accounts, LiveJournals, Open Diarys, or other blogs, and message boards. Users may keep their albums private, allow password-protected guest access, or open them to the public.

Photobucket advertises 99.9% uptime, and offers 500MB free storage (reduced from 1GB on 19 August 2009). This reduction of storage space frustrated users, who were locked out of adding new images to their accounts unless they agreed to pay the upgrade fee. (Unlimited space with paid PRO account*), Unlimited (was 100GB but went to 25GB in July 2008 and down to 10GB on August 19, 2009) monthly bandwidth. Unlimited space and bandwidth is valid only for non-commercial use. Uploaded photos must either be smaller than 1 MB or 1024×768 in size (4000×3000 with paid account), uploaded videos must be five minutes or shorter (10 min with paid account). (*since 6/2/2011 Photobucket has enabled the Unlimited space for non paid users now. The following is from the site. New:Photobucket has removed the storage limits for free accounts! Now you can upload all your photos and up to 500 videos) Since Photobucket does not allow sexually explicit or objectionable content, they may remove content at their discretion due to violations of their TOS.

Photobucket supports FTP uploads, but the user must be a Pro account holder. Windows XP Publisher is supported as an alternative to FTP. It is available in free accounts.

Photobucket offers

  • Sharing of photos, videos, and albums by email, IM, and mobile phone
  • Group albums
  • A scrapbook builder
  • A slideshow builder
  • A remix builder

Twitter Partnership

Twitter announced in June 2011 that Photobucket will become the default photo sharing platform for Twitter. According to a report by Sysomos, 2.25M images are shared on Twitter daily, which accounts for 1.25% of all Tweets posted. Just before the announcement, TwitPic and Yfrog were the leading photo-sharing services, something that will change with Twitter's partnership.

See also

  • Comparison of video services
  • List of photo sharing websites
  • List of video hosting websites
  • TinyPic
  • BrianaValdez

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Photobucket,
which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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