Photobucket has new management, and we are liberating your images!
As of today, your hosted images are live.
Photobucket has a new management team that wants to do the right thing. We are committed to earning back your trust and offering comprehensive and flexible image storage and hosting options for our customers. We’ve taken your feedback and made some changes to our pricing model that allows us to offer competitively priced plans that fit the needs of all of our customers.
For a limited time, our current customers’ hosted images have been restored and Photobucket is introducing a new pricing plan that is built around everyone’s needs.
In an effort to improve our customers’ experience, we’ve also moved away from an advertising-based model and have eliminated a portion of ads from the site.
Photobucket pioneered the image sharing and hosting market 15 years ago, and our new management team is committed to returning Photobucket to the premier imaging service people had come to know and trust.
There are more positive changes on the way, but for now we are excited to share this new compelling subscription option, as a testament to our dedication to you, our valued customers.
Maybe they realised that people were reluctant to pay $400 a year for a service which used to be free.
Flickr has recently announced that soon, they will be restricting the number of photos and videos on their free accounts to 1,000. Members with currently more than this number will have the oldest photos deleted in order to reduce their total to 1,000.
The only way to exceed this limit will be to upgrade to a Pro acount at $49.99 a year, for unlimited uploads.
My own account is well within this limit so I'll be OK, I only upload a few of my very best or most interesting photos. I use Flickr because it maintains the full size and original quality of all uploads with no watermarking - and with smaller options also available as required. Neither Photobucket, Instagram nor as far as I know anyone else's free account does all of that for really large full size photos, they all resize or recompress, I think.
It's pity for keen photographers but sadly, a sign of the times, it seems.