#Hashtags 101

Jokes starting to fall flat these days? Are likes on your Instagram as elusive as parental love? Feeling a bit less relevant all around?

I’VE GOT THE REMEDY FOR YOU

Check out this overview on hashtags and you’ll be able to #wtf, #yolo, and #lol in no time! Your jokes will find relevance again, your Instagram will be flooded with likes, and you’ll #wreckingball right back into your parents’ loving arms!

What is a #Hashtag?

A hashtag is just about any word or phrase with the ‘#’ symbol immediately in front of it (no spaces or special characters), turning that word into a clickable link. A hashtag is essentially a way of categorizing a status update, tweet, image, or whatever you’re posting online. Think of it as a quick and easy way to file your social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) interactions away into different categories.

For example, let’s say your Facebook status looks a little like this: “I wish I had real friends who wouldn’t skip all of my interpretive dance shows. #sad”

This status is now “categorized” as, or tagged with, #sad, and the hashtag has now become a clickable link. If you were to click on that hashtag, or search for ‘#sad’, you’d be taken to a page displaying all other people who have also used the #sad hashtag.

You could also add multiple hashtags to gain more attention, or to make a point, to enter a contest, whatever! For example, let’s say I’ve turned my attitude around, and I want as many people as possible to attend my next event:

“Come watch my interpretive dance routine tonight, re-envisioning what it means to be a #vegan in a post-industrial society! #art #dance #denver #PETA #iloveyoudad #TGIF”

Get it? So ideally, anyone searching those tags will see your post, and be blown away by a synergetic explosion of modern art and academia – thus blowing up your likes on Facebook, Instagram, and the like!

#Hashtags + Photobucket

So what does this have to do with Photobucket? Well, you can utilize hashtags on Photobucket in two pretty swanky ways.

Claim Your Personalized Hashtag

If you missed it, Photobucket users can claim their own personalized hashtag on Photobucket. Adding your personalized hashtag to new Twitter or Instagram posts will automagically transfer the image and description into your Photobucket account.

Actually, anyone can use your custom hashtag. There’s a lot of great uses for this. For example, let’s say you’re throwing your hotly anticipated Epic Annual Holiday Bash 2014. Let your friends know that you’ve claimed the custom hashtag #pbEpicHolidayBash14, and that they should tag their posts with it. At the end of a raucous night, or more likely sometime the next afternoon, you can peruse an album full of #pbEpicHolidayBash14 memories shared by you and your friends.

Enter Photobucket #Hashtag Contests

We also hold regular #hashtag contests, which you may have seen in some of our emails (provided you weren’t too hasty in deleting them). You don’t have to have a custom hashtag to participate in these contests. Simply add the hashtag, called out in the email, to your Instagram posts or Tweets. This will enter your image into the contest as well as pull the image into the contest album. If you’d like to enter an image already within your Photobucket account, just add the hashtag to either the title or description.

I hope you learned some important stuff today. I know I sure did, like the hashtag #yolo is often used by those who are not actually taking advantage of the fact that #yolo.

Photobucket Mobile for iPhone Updates

What’s new in this week’s updates to Photobucket Mobile for iPhone

  • Updated home screen: You now have two options for viewing your recent uploads on the home screen. Along with an updated single image view, we introduced a grid view that allows you to see more of your recently uploaded content.

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  • New Uploads button: We have added a New Uploads button that will refresh the screen when new images have finished uploading.
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  • Larger thumbnails: We have increased the size of our thumbnails inside the grid view. You will notice this when viewing an album as well.
  • Ignore Photo Stream uploads: We have added an option to ignore images from your Photo Stream. You can find this option in your Upload Settings. Just tap on the menu icon icon and then on your username on the bottom.
  • Continue uploading in the background: Photobucket Mobile will now continue to upload your photos and videos in the background when you lock the screen or minimize the app.
  • Performance improvements: You should notice a big improvement in upload speed, as well as responsiveness when navigating your albums.

Top-secret features and updates are coming soon, so stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest trending news and photos.

Upload Photos Anytime, Anywhere! Uploading 101

At Photobucket, we give your photos a safe place to call home so that you can store, share, edit and print your memories with ease.

Never lose a photo again! We’ve created several upload options to ensure that you can safely and simply back up all of your photos anytime, anywhere.

Upload Options:

Directly to Album

  • Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to. 
  • Drag single or multiple photos and videos from your desktop directly into the album.

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  • You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.

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  • Voila! Your upload should begin.

Import from Facebook

  • Click the orange “Upload” option at the top of the page, select the Facebook tab from the upload options, then select “Add Photos”.

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  • If you haven’t already linked your Facebook account, enter your Facebook login when prompted.

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  • ‘Select all’ is chosen by default. Alternatively, you can pick and choose what you want to upload by clicking ‘Unselect all’ and then checking the ‘Select’ box under individual albums.
  • When you’re ready to import, click the ‘Add from Facebook’ button on the right.

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Upload from Email

Uploading from email or MMS message is a great way to upload photos from your home computer or mobile device, even if you are not logged in!

To begin, you will need to know your upload address, which contains a mobile PIN number.

  • Log in to your Photobucket account. 
  • Click on your username and then User Settings, then navigate to the Mobile tab.
  • Copy the address in the Upload from email panel. This address never changes.

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Now that you know your upload address, follow these steps to upload from your Email:

  • Log into your Email account, and create a new message. Paste the upload address in the To: field.
  • Add an attachment, and browse your computer for the image or video that you would like to upload.
  • Enter the album name in the Subject field if you want to upload to an album other than your default album. Case counts, so make sure you type the album name exactly as it appears in your account.

Note: If you upload to an album other than your default, it must be at the first level in your default album.

You can follow the above steps to upload an image via text message as well, provided that your phone supports MMS messaging.

Auto Backup

If you’re a first time Photobucket app user, you’ll be prompted right away to turn auto backup on. If you’ve already chosen to disable auto backup, you can simply turn the feature back on.

Open the app, then hit the menu icon  in the top corner. For iOS users, tap Backup, then tap Enable. Only the wording is different on Android – tap the menu icon, then tap Backup, then tap Start Auto Backup.

That’s it! You did it! For iOS users, head over here for more info on your auto backup options (wi-fi only, default album, etc.). Android users, click here.

 

Back Dat App Up — Auto Backup for Mobile

If you don’t have it already, here’s a link to the app for iOS users, and for Android users.

Question: What do all of these have in common?

  • Toilets
  • Rainy days
  • Toasters
  • Deep fryers
  • Cups of water
  • Cups of green beer
  • Gravity
  • Black holes

Answer: Thaaat’s riiight. Each one of these things desperately want to destroy that shiny smart phone of yours, as well as the cherished memories stored within.

As much as we’d like to have it, there is no galactic forecast that can warn us of incoming black holes, so stop dreaming. Practicing caution, on the other hand, is a freely available resource. Let’s set up that Photobucket app to automatically back up your photos and videos, and do it before it’s crushed into an infinitesimally small singularity, or fried into a delicious snack.

BACK DAT APP UP

If you’re a first time Photobucket app user, you’ll be prompted right away to turn auto backup on. Let’s say you’ve already chosen to disable auto backup, but the prospect of terrifying black holes has changed your mind. No worries, it’s easy to turn it back on!

Fire up the app, then hit the menu icon  in the top corner. For iOS users, tap Backup, then tap Enable. Only the wording is different on Android – tap the menu icon, then tap Backup, then tap Start Auto Backup.

That’s it! You did it! For iOS users, head over here for more info on your auto backup options (wi-fi only, default album, etc.). Android users, click here.

Well done, be not afraid of losing your images! Now go out into that big world of infinite possibilities, grab it by the shirt collar, and live.

Upload to Album – It’s a Snap!

At Photobucket, we continually strive to have the best photo album experience on the web. Over the coming weeks, we will bring new functionality to your album pages on the website, making it easier to upload, manage, view and share your photo albums.

We recently launched a new, straight forward way to upload directly into your album of choice while viewing that album. Just look for this new uploading hot spot:

Upload Hotspot

 You can start uploading by following these simple steps.

  1. Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to.

  2. Drag images and videos from your desktop directly into the album.Drag to Album

  3. You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.Open File Browser

  4. Voila! Your upload should begin.

You can browse your library while photos are uploading without interrupting the process.  The upload progress bar at the bottom of the page allows you to monitor your uploads and quickly access newly added photos.

Once the upload is complete, we’ll arrange the photos into your album based on your organization preferences.

More exciting album updates are on the way!

Something specific you’d like to see? Let us know your album wish-list in the comments below.

 

 

Keep Your Photobucket Private and Hidden from Search

In an age of so much technical progress, somehow our privacy is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. At Photobucket, we want you to be happy, and to be confident that nobody is snooping through your private photos.

Occasionally, we receive comments from users who are vetting their own persona in anticipation of job interviews, school applications, and other such things where one’s reputation needs to be cinched up and professional. Some of these people are surprised to learn that their Photobucket account is readily searchable through Google or other search engines!

We all like to have fun, and sometimes that fun can look a bit ridiculous, so I’m here to help you keep that under wraps.

Would rather keep this private.

So you’ve Googled your name and found some photos that you want out of there, like yesterday. Well, assuming you have your log in credentials, let’s take that correct first step.

1 – Sign in, set your albums to private, & scramble

You can set all your albums to private at once. That was easy! Alternatively, if you just have an album or two that you’d like to set as private, check out this article.

As an additional step to securing all of your photos, you can scramble your image links as well. This will instantly, and irreversibly, scramble the link code for all of your images. This means that any image previously linked outside of Photobucket (forums, blogs, the whole shebang) will be broken, so be wary.

What you just did:

  • Stopped Google from crawling any images located under a private album
  • All scrambled images linked out, whether on forums, blogs, or Google search, are now dead – clicking on the image will no longer take the person to your account

2 – Remove your public information from the user settings

Were you aware that you can share your public information under your user settings? It’s a great way to link to your personal/professional blog or portfolio, etc. However, if you’re using Photobucket just for your own, private use, you probably don’t want anyone tracking down your Photobucket.

No worries. Easy fix.

Since you already signed in, head to your user settings. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see this box:

Any information listed in this box is being crawled by search engines, meaning that this information is searchable. To keep your name and Photobucket from showing up on search engines, delete all the information in this box, and then click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the page. Easy peasy.

3 – Test it out

Once you’re done tidying things up on your Photobucket account, let’s put it to the test and make sure your account is completely private! After giving it some time, maybe 30 minutes or so, try running through these steps:

  1. Log out of your Photobucket account
  2. Clear your cache and cookies (important!)
  3. Search for your name + Photobucket in Google – are there less results? There should be!
  4. If you still see some of your images or links to your Photobucket account, try clicking the link/image – your account should no longer be accessible to the public and the link should be broken

Now, for those pesky thumbnail images that are still hanging around…

4 – Remove your thumbnails and links from Google search

Sometimes, even after taking the above steps, users still see their thumbnail images/links on Google! This is because they are cached by Google, so they may continue to show up for a while, even after making your images private and removing your public information.

That being said, there is a way to speed up the process! Click here to read an article on Google support forums that explains how to put in a request for immediate removal of your thumbnail images and/or links.

5 – Congrats!

You’ve done it! You’ve successfully removed your Photobucket presence off of public search, you sneaky sneakerson.

What’s YOUR hashtag?

As the Product Manager behind our newest feature, I am excited to introduce you to Your Photobucket Hashtag. As a long-time Photobucket user, I’m even more excited to tell you why our newest feature is pretty darn awesome.

Last summer, I went to the mountains for a weekend with 7 of my friends.  We had an awesome time and we posted photos throughout the weekend.  When I got home, I only had my photos.  It took me two weeks and a dozen emails to get the photos and videos my friends had taken.  Two.  Weeks.  In the end, I had about 200 photos and videos to download, then upload, and share back out to the group.  If only there were a way we could all upload to one album while we were there…

Here’s where this feature really would have helped me out last summer.

Claim a unique hashtag on Photobucket. Use your hashtag when you post public photos and videos to Twitter, Instagram, and Photobucket.  They will automatically upload to your hashtag album for you.  Share your hashtag with your friends.  When they use your hashtag on their Twitter, Instagram, and Photobucket photos and videos, those get automatically uploaded to your hashtag album too.

Hashtag Photos Come Together

So you just keep doing what you normally do: share to your social network of choice and just add your hashtag.  We’ll back up your social photos and videos, and we’ve made it easier than ever to bring the photos and videos you want together in one place.

There are a million ways you can use your hashtag.  Here are a few ideas, on me:

    • Keep it to yourself (it’s okay to be selfish sometimes).  Use it on your own posts to organize and save your photos and videos forever.
    • Getting married, having a party, or hosting a company event:  Share your hashtag with guests to automatically bring together everyone’s moments at the event!  Project a Photobucket slideshow on a big screen so guests can watch as new photos come in.
    • Business owners and marketing folks:  Let your customers show their appreciation by using your hashtag to share photos and videos of your product or storefront.  Offer some discounts to customers who use it, even!
    • Famous or almost famous? Bring your fan photos together with your hashtag, and display them proudly on your website with our embedded albums, slideshows and stories.  Paula Abdul did it:

Okay, you get it.  Here’s the fine print:

    • Only public photos and videos will be uploaded to your hashtag album.  We respect privacy!
    • Some content is so awesome that it takes a little longer to make it’s way into a hashtag album.  They’ll get there, so have some patience.
    • Your Photobucket Hashtag is in Beta and we’ve made this feature available to just our Plus users while we’re testing it out.  If you’re not a Plus user and really want your own hashtag, you have a couple of options.

Become a Plus user here – http://photobucket.com/pricing
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Click on “Claim Your Hashtag” and submit your email address to us here – http://photobucket.com/hashtags

I’m excited to see all the creative ways you use Your Photobucket Hashtag!  If you have any feedback you’d like to share on this feature, please write a comment below!

Hashtag on, my friends.
Jessica
(#pbProductNinja)

 

Create a Personalized Valentine’s Day Card with Photobucket

Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift? All you need is love… and Photobucket’s exciting, new love-themed sticker pack to create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards for your special someones this holiday.

Enhance your sweetest, sappiest, most gag-worthy photos with our editor following these simple steps:

      • Choose the photo you wish to work with and click “Edit”.
      • Choose “Stickers” from the editing options and select your favorite love-themed stickers to add to your photo.Photo Editing
      • Drag stickers to desired position on photo. You can also edit the size of the stickers with the drag tool. Click “Apply” to seal the deal.Easy Photo Edits
      • Play around with our other editing options. When you are tickled pink, click “Save”.
      • Time to show off! Share your Valentine’s Day photo electronically or Print a hard copy to hand out to friends on the big day. Photo Editing

Here is the finished product of the card I made using the Photobucket editor:

Easy, personalized valentine's day gifts.

Easy editing with our Valentine’s Day sticker pack is a great way to create personalized memories. You can even do it on the go – download our app and access all of these features from your iPhone. Enjoy…and share the love!

Getting to Know the All-New Photobucket Mobile App for Android: Auto Backup

Don’t have the app? Get it!

AUTO BACKUP


Our new Auto Backup feature makes securing your mobile photos a breeze. Auto Backup will automatically upload each new photo you take to a new album in your Photobucket library. The album will be private by default, so nobody else can see your images.

To enable auto backup, first tap the Photobucket icon in the top left corner of the screen. This will open up your menu. Now tap Backup.

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Tapping Get Started will immediately begin the backup process.

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This will begin uploading all photos and videos on your phone into the album Mobile Uploads, in your Photobucket account.

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Instead of uploading all your stored photos into one album, the Photobucket app will conveniently sort your photos into new albums by year/month.

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ADJUSTING BACKUP SETTINGS


You can always turn Auto Backup on/off, or adjust when you’d like to automatically backup your photos – either only when connected to wifi, or over the air (using your data plan).

First, open up your menu by tapping the Photobucket icon in the top left corner of the screen. Tap settings.

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Now tap Auto Backup.

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Tap Auto Backup to turn backup on/off.

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Once Auto Backup has been enabled, tap Wi-Fi Only to allow backup only over a wifi network (this option will not use your data plan and only begin backing up your photos once connected to a wifi network).

Unchecking this option allows the app to backup your images at any time (this option will use your data plan if not connected to a wifi network).

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Please note - uninstalling and reinstalling the Photobucket app will cause auto backup to begin uploading all photos on your phone, regardless of whether they have already been uploaded previously. 

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Photobucket!

Holiday-themed stickers are now available in the editor. Use the stickers to create one of kind holiday cards or to add a little festiveness to your photos. This sticker pack will be available until just after the new year.

Would you like to have your photos featured on our Facebook page? Simply edit an image using the holiday stickers and post it in the comments below. Your photo may be shared with the entire Photobucket community!

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