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Photobucket clowns 🤡 remove "free" plans, pay or get lost
Just received an email from Photobucket, they have got rid of free plans. Move your stuff or it'll be deleted.
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Clowns for not wanting to offer you free stuff anymore? :P
Exactly. Now you are getting it. So offer free stuff unless you want to be called a clown!
Anyway, @asterisk14 even google did it with their GSuite. It was free until it wasn't. So it is the future. No more free stuffs. Only "limited demo".
They should have at least left the oldies with their freebie. As people collections increases at some point they will buy a larger package. Now they will delete their accounts and go elsewhere so it's probably a bad business decision to piss off old customers.
I imagine most of their free users has been free users forever, and would continue being so.
Very few were probably thinking about upgrading but getting mad at them for discontinuing their free plan and then decided not to upgrade.
Look, I get that it’s frustrating.
My point is just that even though it sucks for you, that dosen’t mean it’ll hurt them as a company.
To them, you might have been a freeloader that they cut loose.
You have the right to be frustrated, but you (and me included tbh) can’t know if it was a good or bad business practice without knowing a lot more than what’s publicly avaliable.
Bad for you dosen’t equal bad for the company, even if it feels better to imagine that that’s the case.
I don't really care that much. Haven't used my account in 10 years or so, used to use it when I used to ebay a few items and used photobucket to host the pics. I'll just copy the 100 or so pics. No big deal for me, will move them to my box.com with free 30GB. Just annoying.
I agree with emgh here. The "free" users, given the choice, will probably not covert to paid. I know I didn't (for google GSuite). So not only it doesn't hurt them, it actually helps them. They get publicity, some free users will convert to paid, and the rest of the users will bugger off, freeing up disk space. Win-Win-Win solution
I don't like photobucket, I had a lot of pictures of me when I was younger... a hacker got pictures of me when I was younger and then linked them somewhere and photobucket has a policy when I tried to get them that doesn't let you do anything to the photos unless you unlink the photos. I didn't know how to do that since I didn't have access to the places I am linked too. So the hackers had access to pictures me when I was a young and sexy underage boy.
I eventually got my pictures and account deleted through a long process of begging.
Deleting free accounts is a great thing though, since someone else might be in same predicament as me.
Hackers are probably making enough money to get paid accounts though...
I believe anything you are putting online (uploading or sharing) is public, no matter whether it is in your google drive or encrypted storage. Anything you do not want there should not be connected to the internet.
Ah yea, I agree putting stuff online is bad.
I made my photobucket account before facebook came out, back then I wasn't too worried about people stealing photos. I didn't hear much about people having the need to steal photos in 2003. When facebook came out, I started hearing more about it. Since social media turns people into brain dead savages. It gets worse every time a new social media platform is released, take tiktok for example.
At least Flickr still offer the FREE plan, 1k images.
LOL! Ya, 2003 was still the beginning of the social media concept. As for me, I remember back before 2000s that people were already stealing/copying hi5 and myspace accounts. That combined with measly 24kbps dialup internet, I did not really put anything online. Even when facebook was taking off, I was reluctant as I was never a social media user. I got really lucky there, given what, as you say, tiktok is now a days...
I didn't even know Photobucket was still a thing.
Neither did I until I got the email as I've not used it in 10 years. Now I will have to give credit card info it seems before I can get my files out. SMH
Feel free to use mine https://im.ge, we have 2 levels of redundancy (HDD and DC). Your images will be super safe.
What scripts/templates are you using?
I am using chevereto. But apart from that, we are using a custom setup which I told. Also we are using our CDN with more than 80+ pops.
This thread reminded me that I use to have a PB account from about 8-10 years ago. All images are gone, even though I was able to reset my password. I had backups, so I don't care.
How can you host for free and photobucket can't?
heh. I had forgotten about them untill I got an email from them and was like wow. you still around?!
I guess I should go in there and see if I should keep any of it or not.
What files? You claim you haven't used their service in 10 years.
The UI just like IMGBB?
They use the same software.
Good, so new players can take their place.
im.ge has some quirks, like sometimes uploading doesn't work, etc. but I like it because I dont need to register.
Just use it with ShareX. It works like a charm.
Am I weird for still using imgur? It has been around for over 10 years and I upload files free... Whenever I need to link an image to LET, it is what I use.
Could you please post a full screenshot of the email text?
I also have a very old account with them, didn't log in for a really long while, but would like to backup whatever is there.
Could be something nostalgic after all.
It sucks balls on mobile
These days, I use https://imgbb.com/ as img host. Works fine for forum posts.