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Old 08-27-2017, 11:11:10 AM
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Default NO FREE LUNCH on the Internet

Apparently Photobucket has recently woke up to the fact that their users have been linking to their uploaded Photobucket photos from other web sites. (That's Smokstak for one.)

We are then left to look at a Photobucket logo including their pop-up advertising. Please update your Photobucket account or better yet, DO NOT USE OFF SITE PHOTO HOSTS! They have a bad habit of getting hungry or simply going away!

The rest of us get to see these in your posts and this leaves us no choice but to DELETE your posts!
Photobucket was founded in 2003 by Alex Welch and Darren Crystal and received funding from Trinity Ventures.[7][8] It was acquired by Fox Interactive Media in 2007.
In December 2009, Fox's parent company, News Corp, sold Photobucket to Seattle mobile imaging startup Ontela. Ontela then renamed itself Photobucket Inc. and continues to operate as Photobucket.[9]
In June 2010, Photobucket was named in the Lead411's Hottest Seattle Companies list.[10]
On June 28, 2017, Photobucket changed its Terms of Use regarding free accounts and third party hosting (hosting on forums, eBay, etc). Only the most expensive plan, at $399.99 per year, now permits third party hosting and linking to forums.[11] Photobucket made this change with no input or consultation with their current users, or the public. Adding this to photobuckets use of excessive pop-up ads, scams, clickbait advertisements, and in some cases viruses embedded in ads, the number of active accounts quickly decreased.[citation needed]
This new business model has caused thousands of forum DIY's and write-ups with explanatory pictures to be rendered useless. About 500 words into the linked document was a declaration that free accounts would no longer permit image-linking to third-party sites. eBay and Etsy have also been affected, in addition to many forums and blogs.[12] Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after the photo-sharing service changed its terms, causing a great deal of controversy. One user was quoted as saying: "The CEO of Photobucket will have trouble getting a job digging a garden after this."
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