PhotoBuckit hosting coming back!

chiefwej

LifeTime Supporter
TFP Guide
Jun 12, 2011
3,267
Tucson
#1
I received an email today from photobucket. Photobucket has reconsidered. It looks like they are going back to free hosting of third party photo posting on their website. They say they will just add a watermark logo to any free third party photos that are posted. Now let’s all watch to see if all the photos magically reappear on October 10th.


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JoyfulNoise

TFP Expert
Platinum Supporter
May 23, 2015
14,693
Tucson, AZ
#2
My account (with hundreds of food-related and BBQ photos as well as a few swimming pool related photos) was completely obliterated in some kind of technological accident that they never explained. They never explained how they lost gigabytes of data with no ability to retrieve any backup data. That happened about 6 months before they made the decision to shoot themselves in the foot. They offered me a 1 year premium account and an apology.....I offered them a one-finger salute and promptly cancelled my account.

They clearly do not mirror their storage systems or have catastrophic data recovery in place. They are not a trustworthy company and I, personally, will never do business with them again.

Fool me once, shame on you....fool me twice, shame on me....
 
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chiefwej

LifeTime Supporter
TFP Guide
Jun 12, 2011
3,267
Tucson
#3
I haven’t added a single picture since they stopped allowing free third party hosting and will never contribute anything to their revenue. However, wouldn’t it be nice if all the photos posted from their site to the forum magically reappear on the 10th? I can dream.
 

Flatag

Well-known member
Feb 16, 2018
76
N.E. Florida
#4
I pulled all of my photos and closed my account. Photobucket's decision to over charge people and hold their pictures hostage was one of the dumbest business decisions I've ever seen.
 

zea3

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2009
10,954
Houston, Texas
#5
I think we are going to see that a lot of photos they used to host are just plain gone. I think we managed to get most of the pictures in threads that are viewed frequently replaced, so I don't know if a photobucket resurrection would have much impact on TFP.
 

wogster

In The Industry
Apr 30, 2018
43
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
#9
NEVER Post data to any online site, that you don't have on local storage with it's own backup procedure in place. I have a Photobucket account, it hasn't been used in years, and all the stuff posted, is stored locally, on either a hard drive or DVD. The hard drive is backed up to a removable drive, every once in a while. A 2 terabyte spinning disk is under $100, a remote drive case with USB, is about $25.... You can run multiple drives using the same case. There is no excuse for dumping stuff online and deleting it.