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Why, Photobucket? Why?

I have returned from The Great European Adventure! It was a good trip and I do plan to make a post about it at some point, but at the moment I'm too annoyed with Photobucket to do much more than vent.

Turns out that, about ten days ago, they decided not to allow 3rd party hosting any more despite it being free for years. And, as a result, almost all the links to images in my posts no longer work. Years worth of Prison Break recaps, shippy picspams, Oscar dress reports, holiday posts, photography posts, basically almost everything that involved a picture is now ruined.

I'm not paying $400 a year, cos that's fucking ridiculous, but to move all my photos and manually change all the links in all my posts will take forever. I love going back and re-reading my old recaps and, as has recently been proved, other people sometimes stumble across my blog and enjoy my shippy picspams, and I don't want to lose them either. So all I can hope is that Photobucket change their minds. I don't know how likely that is, but an awful lot of other people are pissed off with them about this too, so there's a chance. *fingers crossed*

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retroginger
Jul. 10th, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh no! That's terrible! Don't take away my Prison Break shippy picspams. :( $400 seems outrageous!
crystalcazzie
Jul. 12th, 2017 06:47 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately that's exactly what they've done. At the moment all my recaps and picspams are just full of that stupid demand to upgrade to their ridiculously priced plan.

The silly thing is that if it was a reasonable price I think a lot of people would be willing to pay it. But $400 is insane.
rachg82
Jul. 12th, 2017 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm confused, because all my pictures from photobucket are still showing here. Are they giving people time to upgrade before restricting their accounts or something?
ericadawn16
Jul. 12th, 2017 05:45 am (UTC)
Maybe there's some sort of order and they haven't gotten to you yet?
Mine's been restricted since June 30th. I've that account at least 11 years, bastards.
crystalcazzie
Jul. 12th, 2017 06:49 pm (UTC)
Lucky you! I don't know if they just haven't reached you yet or if you've somehow escaped their notice, but I don't think they're purposely giving people time to upgrade. That was one of the things that people are so upset about.
boji
Aug. 10th, 2017 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re Photobucket
Hi, found this comment thread whilst looking for something else entirely (as one does) and didn't know if you'd ever received a reply.

I too still have all images showing from PB. I have an addfree 'legacy' account that no longer allows hotlinking but is still working. I am assuming it will still be working until its expiration date. In the main this is because my blog is pretty dormant (haven't been blogging much at all in over a year) so not generating traffic.

This is giving me time to download all that was stored in PB and decide what my next move is *sigh*

Hope this helps.
ericadawn16
Jul. 12th, 2017 05:48 am (UTC)
I mean, they COULD change their minds but they've proved they don't care about us, only the money. I was already unable to upload anything new for about a year. There's some sort of glitch with older computers that they're incompatible. I'll slowly move everything over to Imgur I guess.
crystalcazzie
Jul. 12th, 2017 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, based on their response to the complaints I don't think I have any hope of them changing their minds now. It's my own fault for sticking with them, really. Their site has been so clunky and slow for ages now and I really should have switched, but I was too lazy to make the change.

So you think Imgur is the way to go? I'm trying to work out where I want to move my pics to and I'm wary about choosing the wrong one and this happening again.
ericadawn16
Jul. 13th, 2017 04:31 am (UTC)
I suppose it depends on which features you're looking for in a photo account. At this point, I don't care about folders or who can see them, I just want to be able to post for free...

But not everyone has that luxury so...
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/photobucket-alternative-free-image-hosting-sites
http://www.topbestalternatives.com/photobucket/

And another site not mentioned on there that does offer private photo sharing embeds is
https://nickpic.host

But most people are going for Imgur.

I suppose it's a kind of Alanis Morrissette Ironic that we always thought the greatest threat to our journals was LiveJournal and it turned out to be Photobucket!
crystalcazzie
Jul. 13th, 2017 05:59 pm (UTC)
I just want somewhere to host the pictures I post on this site. Preferably with a sensible folder and picture organisation system, but maybe that's too much to ask.

It is looking like Imgur is the way to go, although I'm not a fan of the layout of their site.

And that's true. I know I have a few pictures uploaded to LJ itself in some of my entries but I usually avoided doing that cos I thought Phobobucket would be more reliable. Ha!
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