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I had used PhotoBucket for some time to put my pictures up and post in the Forums in the past but I just received a notice via email from them yesterday wanting me to "upgrade" in order to restore 3rd party hosting and I noticed today that all my pictures in the forums from PhotoBucket are now blocked.




Is this happening with everyone's hosting service? 

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Shame on you Photo Bucket.



Embedding images on a website or in a forum post is a very common practice, with those images usually living on one of the many well-known image hosting websites. One such host is Photobucket, but a recent change to its subscription tiers means many millions of images across the Internet are no longer going to load outside of Photobucket's own site.


The key feature of a Photobucket account we're talking about here is called "3rd Party Hosting." It allows you to embed images from Photobucket in another location on the Internet, e.g. in a forum post or on a website.


As Norvic Philatelics discovered, Photobucket changed its terms and conditions and removed the 3rd Party Hosting feature from the lower subscription tiers. If you want to continue using that feature then a Photobucket Plus 500 subscription is required. It costs $39.99 per month or $399 per year.


Not only is that very expensive, it means existing Photobucket accounts on lower subscriptions tiers will have any embedded images they've created in the past cease to work. Considering Photobucket has been around since 2003 and hosts over 10 billion images, that's potentially millions of embedded images across the Internet being broken thanks to a policy change. Here's just one example of how this change impacts a forum thread.


Source: PCMag.com


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I wish there was a App that could tell me all the places I used PhotoBucket and what Pictures I used there

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