Photobucket is an image and video hosting and sharing website that was founded in 2003. Photobucket was bought in 2007 by Fox interactive and in 2009 it merged with Ontela, Inc. Today Photobucket has over 23 million unique users a month in the US alone and it is estimated that over 4 million pictures and videos are uploaded each day. Image sharing and hosting is the main use of the website. In June 2011 social giant Twitter announced that Photobucket would become its default platform for image sharing. It is estimated that well over 2 million images are shared daily on Twitter. Some of Photobucket’s competitors are flikr , picassa and snapfish.
Photobucket has been around for over nine years and is one of the leading picture sharing websites in the world. When you first visit the Photobucket site you are greeted with a well designed web page with a minimalist design. This minimalist approach extends to the interface after you sign up and log into your account. In addition to the usual method of creating a new account users can also choose to sign in with their facebook or twitter account. Whichever way you choose, the process is straightforward and fast and you land on your homepage with a minimum of fuss. New accounts are set to public by default but I was pleased to find out that it was very easy to quickly change my settings to private. The button was prominently displayed and I was able to make the switch in two clicks.
Once inside you immediately notice clean uncluttered look and feel of the website. This goes a long way towards minimizing the affects of ads on the free version of the website. The ads themselves are also muted and never really get in the way of your activities. Like its competitors Photobucket allows you to upload your images and videos. Once uploaded you can label them and add a description, you are also able to add tags to speed up searching. You are then able to use the various tool available to edit them. The upload process is simple and seamless and you can upload content from a variety of sources including your computer or facebook. I found the process to be a breeze, it was completed with a minimum of clicks and I was offered the option of uploading multiple files at once. That feature will be important if you are a heavy user who wants to upload scores of pictures and videos a day. Remember though that users who have a free account will be limited to file sizes of 1MB max for images and 10minutes in length ( approx 500MB) for videos.
While playing around with photobucket I was very impressed with its built-in photo editing tools. These were very intuitive and provided a nice range of options. I was able to correct for red eye, rotate or flip my picture, crop, re-size and generally edit it into something I was proud of. There was also an auto fix option that automatically optimizes your image in one click. Just like the uploading process the built in editor was a breeze. New users will be able to use the built in tools without a steep learning curve while there are enough options to please more experienced enthusiasts.
Picture sharing is the reason most people use Photobucket, fortunately this is one area that the service shines. Once you finish uploading and editing your pictures and video just click to save your changes and your files are available for your friends to see. Of-course if you set your account to private only you have access to your files. Picture sharing extends to social networks too. From within Phototobucket you can easily post images to your facebook, twitter or myspace accounts, you can even choose for uploaded images and videos to be automatically forwarded to networks of your choosing. Send to email or IM, they have it all covered. You can even use a custom url to share specific images online. Photobucket also acts as a host for multiple third party websites providing a convenient place for users to store avatars and images that they want displayed on other websites. Its also a great way to store your files for future downloading.
Overall Photobucket is near or at the top of the list when it comes to picture and video storage and hosting and image sharing. They offer a very well designed easy to use service, packed with tools that are both well rounded and intuitive, and are available in both Free and paid versions.
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