Mother Earth called… She needs your help!

Small changes in your every day life add up to big leaps towards a better future. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve created a go-to guide of 10 simple tips that will help you do your part in keeping Mother Earth healthy and happy.

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DON’T PRE-HEAT THE OVEN
Which is great since nobody likes waiting around! Unless you are making bread or pastries, just turn it on when you put the dish in.

HANG DRY
Get a clothes line and dry your clothes outside.. Not only will you help the planet but you will create that breezy summer vibe of garments flowing in the wind.

MEATLESS MONDAYS
Or any other day of the week. Not eating meat one day a week will save water and trees! How? Ponder this.. it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

INVEST IN A WATER BOTTLE
We’re all about staying hydrated. But nearly 90% of all bottled water containers are not recycled. Use a water bottle instead to save money and the environment.

SHED A FEW POUNDS
Of paper bills and junk mail that is. Opt for a paperless bill pay system and opt out of spam mail services. If all else fails.. Recycle rather than dump!

SHOP WITH STYLE 
Stock up on reusable tote bags and bring them with you on your shopping adventures. Not only are totes more fashionable, they reduce waste of plastic shopping bags.

USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Carpooling saves you money, and walking, biking or busing to work or social events will be more fun with some company.

LIVE IN THE DARK
Or at least turn off the lights when you leave a room, and use natural light as much as possible.

DONATE OLD CLOTHING
Rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in over a year.. give it up! You will help someone less fortunate who will appreciate it more.

SEPARATE YOUR GARBAGE
Who doesn’t like digging through trash? Throw on some gloves and separate recyclables, compostables and trash. It’s kinda fun and Mother Earth will thank you.

Photobucket Holiday Party

Last weekend, the Photobucket team took a break from crunching code in cargo shorts to get suited-up and celebrate the holidays with our friends, families and fellow Photobucketeers.  We decided to take this rare well-dressed occasion to show you some of the faces behind Photobucket.

Happy Holiday’s from the Photobucket team!

Getting to Know the All-New Photobucket Mobile App: Editing Photos

There are a few different ways to access the editor:

  1. From the Home page, tap Edit on any of your recent uploads
  2. Open an image and then tap the editor symbol, a pencil, at the bottom of the screen
  3. Taking a new photo and uploading from within the app will automatically open up the editor

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Once you’re in the editor, things are fairly straight-forward. The editor functions exactly the same as the editor on our full site. To see a breakdown of the functions and the details of what they do, head on over to our editing article here.

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Once you’re done with your edits, the app saves and uploads the newly edited image as a separate file, and keeps your unedited original image.

 

Getting to Know the New Photobucket for Android: The Basics

Don’t have the app? Get it!

GETTING STARTED


After starting up the app, you have the choice of signing into your account, creating a new account, or just browsing through some photos. Let’s start by signing in.

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HOME


Once logged in, you’ll land on our beautiful and functional Home screen. Not only can you scroll through your recent uploads, but you can share them, or enhance them using our powerful editor, which has all the same tools you’d find on the full site!

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UPLOADING


You can begin uploading right away by tapping the camera icon below, or take a new photo for you to edit and upload.

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After tapping upload, select one or more photos that you’d like to upload.

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After selecting your media, tap UPLOAD.

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Your upload will begin once you choose your destination album.

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LIBRARY


Access the app menu by tapping on the camera icon in the top-left corner of the screen. From here, you can Browse users’ public images, head to your Library, set up Auto Backup, or access your Settings.

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Tap My Library to open up your album tree. On this screen, you can create additional albums by tapping the ‘+’ icon in the corner of the screen. If you don’t see an album that should be there, tap the refresh icon.

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Once you select an album, you’re greeted with a gorgeous display of all your images. Just scroll down to see the rest of your album. Tap an image to view in full screen, or tap the menu icon at the top right corner of the screen for options.

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From this menu, you can share the album, move/delete photos, upload more photos, or delete the album (if you’re trying to share just a single image, just tap the image and then tap the share icon at the bottom of the screen).

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BROWSE


Use the Browse option to scan through preset categories of public user images. Access Browse through the menu.

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There are several categories, each with sub-categories, for you to explore. If you have something specific you’re looking for, you can do a keyword search by tapping the magnifying glass at the top of the screen.

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Update: New Slideshow Features

Photobucket is excited to announce updates to album slideshows. This update makes sharing slideshows easier and more engaging.  

You can now embed slideshows into your website or blog.  Here’s an example: 

Slideshows now update automatically as you add more photos into the album. No need to refresh, anyone viewing your slideshow will see the content as you intend it to be viewed.

Advanced features:
To better meet the diverse needs of our users, adjusting the size of embedded slideshows is now possible. The ability to adjust dimensions allows users to customize slideshows to best fit the page where they are displayed. When pasting your embed code, manually adjust the height and width parameters to make your slideshow bigger or smaller than our default size.

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While the slideshow will play by default when visitors arrive to your page, you can also turn off autoplay by adding this parameter to the album URL source when pasting the embed code:

?autoplay=0

Example with this added:
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Fans of the old slideshow – don’t worry, we’ve left that in place for you to continue using.

Stay tuned for more slideshow updates!

Halloween Photo Contest!

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 10.35.44 AMShare your best Halloween pics, whether dressed as your favorite TV character, twerking singer, or member of Congress, just add #pbHalloween and you will be entered to win.

How to enter: 
1) Shoot your best Halloween-themed photo.
2) Share it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #pbHalloween.
3) Check out all the contest entries here, vote for your favorites by commenting or liking the photo.

Need costume ideas? Check out this post for inspiration. 

Our 3 favorite photos will win a free 16×20 canvas of their Halloween shot!

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Note: We respect your privacy, only photos from Twitter and Instagram accounts set to public will be entered into the contest. 

5 Halloween Costume Ideas

1. Dress up as a character from your favorite TV show or movie. It’s always a hit!

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2. Go as a trending pop-star…
another-take-on-miley-cyrus-75eb48b53828837a… it’s also a great choice for your furry friends.

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3. Be a zombie politician in search of brains!
Michele Bachmann as a Zombie - photo illustration by Charles George

4.  Dress up as your favorite piece of art.  banksy-halloween frida-kahlo-halloween-custome

5. Take a classic approach, do something creepy, gory, scary or gross.

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Need more inspiration to choose the perfect Halloween costume? Check out our Halloween category.

Don’t forget to enter our Halloween Photo Contest!

Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Lofing

9afaa997-6ccb-452a-bce9-2b31eb9cd985_zps65835020Meet Jennifer Lofing. Jennifer’s been here at Photobucket for over seven years. As a content moderator, she works to keep Photobucket.com a clean, safe place. We want to know: What does Jen, who has seen it all, store in her Photobucket account?

PB: Jen, tell us a bit about yourself.

Jennifer: Well, I’ve worked at Photobucket for over seven years. I’ve been through a few different departments but made my way back to Content Mod. Outside of work, I enjoy riding my Harley, spending time with my dogs and fiancé, and working on my fitness.

 

PB: Help us understand your job. What is a content moderator?

Jennifer: Content Mod, as we refer to it, is basically looking at the millions of pics and vids that are uploaded to the site and removing the ones that violate our Terms of Use.

PB: As a content moderator, I’m sure you’ve seen it all. Share with us some of your favorite pictures.

Jennifer: Here’s a link to some of my favorites. Viewing photos and videos everyday, I’m always coming across great new stuff. It’s easy to fill an album.

PB: You’re a Photobucket veteran. Tell us your favorite way to use Photobucket.

Jennifer: I love the iPhone app. I take pictures of everything with my phone. Knowing that they’re all safely backed up in my Photobucket account is great. I can go there, crop, edit and delete the bad ones, and share with my family. It’s awesome.

Stay tuned for more Photobucket Employee Spotlights!

Recent Updates: July 2013

Introducing exciting new Photobucket updates!

  • Increased upload speed 
  • Drag and drop images anywhere on the page
  • Upload entire folders when using the Google Chrome browser
  • “Recent Uploads” view – This displays the last 300 images uploaded to your account, sorted by newest to oldest for those uploads. 

Check out this support article for a more detailed look at these updates. 

Thank you!

 

Get Up-to-Speed on Photobucket with Video Tutorials

In an effort to help both our new and loyal customers settle in to the all-new Photobucket, we recently launched a collection of short videos that provide easy-to-digest tips and tricks to enjoy the new site.

To give you an idea of the topics we cover in the library, here are the latest “Quick Tips” available for viewing:

Whether you’re a newbie or a pro looking to brush up on your technique, we’ll show you how to manage basic – yet essential – site features and capabilities. Other “how-to” topics explored include episodes focused on basic photo uploading to your account, logging in, quick navigation and user settings. There is also this handy video, which shows users around the new and improved Photobucket photo editor.

With a little guidance and knowledge under your belt, we’re confident that the all-new Photobucket will be the one site you need to do everything you want with your photos and videos.

We will continue to update regularly with additional tutorials for getting up-to-speed on all the site has to offer so you can quickly and easily transition to the best Photobucket experience yet.  Is there anything in particular that you would like to see a tutorial for?  Leave a comment below to let us know!

Happy Exploring!