Powerful, intuitive, creative: Meet Our New Photo Editor

If you saw our recent 2012 recap, you know that we’ve been working hard to create a complete, best-in-class user experience for our Photobucket community, regularly releasing features and improvements as part of the new site rollout.

Since launching the all-new Photobucket site back in August, we’ve added Stories, shared your best adventures (see Summer Brennan’s $25K winning Story here), built out features, and continued to enhance the site based on feedback from you.

Now, as we prepare to migrate all customers to the all-new Photobucket site, we’re announcing the latest improvement: our editing experience.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Aviary, the industry leader in photo editing.  Aviary’s editor is powerful enough for our power users, yet intuitive enough that beginners can jump right in.

Here’s what we think you’ll like about the new photo editor:

  • Intuitive: Easily adjust the contrast, brightness and color of your shots
  • Powerful: Utilize everything from cool effects to professional touch-up tools
  • Creative: Have fun experimenting with new stickers and text options

Our new Aviary photo editor will not only allow you to discover new artistic tools and effects, but you can also edit and design your photos with ease (in just a few clicks!), thanks to easy photo effects, filter and editing tools.

The integration with Aviary will also enable us to offer a consistent editing suite – available immediately on the web (and coming this spring for mobile and tablet) – for a more cohesive Photobucket experience. Give it a shot: we’re confident that you’ll see it’s never been easier to bring your photos to life, and adding a professional touch to your images has never been so simple.

We hope this helps you to get more creative with your existing memories and inspires you to create some new ones to store and share on the all-new Photobucket.

Congratulations to our Life’s an Adventure Story Contest $25,000 Winner!

What an amazing kickoff to Photobucket Stories with our recent Life’s an Adventure contest, and huge thanks to all who participated! There certainly was some tough competition with more than 4,700 entries, many of which ran neck-and-neck after 475,000 of you took to social media to voice your vote for your favorites by entering, commenting, liking and sharing them! But that being said, we did have to narrow it down to one first place champ, and we are happy to congratulate Summer Brennan our $25,000* winner for her story titled “Amado: Befriending a Wild Mustang.”

Summer’s entry chronicles her beautiful and touching journey of her training a wild mustang stallion named Amado. She walks us through the time she spent befriending Amado and gaining his trust while training him for their 90-day “Extreme Mustang Makeover” challenge. And, of course, she includes all the emotional and dramatic ups and downs in between!

After you check out Summer’s story, be sure to take a peek at the inspiring runner-up stories that also each scored $500* for their efforts. These adventures include tales such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, taking a cruise as Hurricane Sandy hit, falling in love in Costa Rica, a family setting sail for the first time, and one woman’s seven months spent traveling the world. You won’t want to miss them!

  • Click here to see a story from Mike_aidala about a personal adventure that ended with a twist.
Searched for adventure but found more..
  • Click here to see a story from LookySquares about a journey of 2,176 miles through 14 states over six months, all with two pairs of shoes and a self-proclaimed “horrible beard.”
2,176 Miles, 14 States, 6 Months...
  • Click here to see story from jsisting1 on some amazing travels from 2012, including Indonesia, Brazil, India and Peru.
My travels 2012
  • Click here to see story from MIST50 about her first-ever cruise, which she received as a 50th birthday gift from her sister, plus their ensuing adventure through nine states.
It's Funny How Things Work Out...
  • Click here to see story from melody_hill about a sailing trip, which turned out to be a bonding experience for the entire family.
A sailing trip

These Stories illustrate just how well Photobucket enables you to create and share your personal narratives using our exciting new Story platform.

So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to start thinking about your own life adventures and all the stories you’ll want to capture, create and share of your greatest moments in pictures, text and video. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

*Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with Official Rules.

‘Tis the season for a good ‘Story’ – tell yours for the opportunity to win a family cruise!

While the parents and grandparents in Twentieth Century Fox’s holiday movie, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, may not necessarily see eye to eye when it comes to childrearing, we can all agree that family + holidays = plenty of photo opps. And that’s why we created Photobucket Stories, which is a fun new way to document your family’s festivities.

And after you check out all the cool things you can do with Photobucket Stories for your own photos, we hope you will take a moment to check out how our promotional partner, Twentieth Century Fox, is using Stories to creatively showcase behind-the-scenes highlights of the family movie comedy for the holidays, PARENTAL GUIDANCE.

Fans of the movie can check out the OLD School vs. NEW School PARENTAL GUIDANCE Stories and even enter the Old School vs’ New School Competition. Simply upload your most creative images and you’ll have the opportunity to win a 7-day cruise for a family of four (4) from Norwegian Cruise Line.  Whether that’s your best ugly sweater family Christmas photo or new school outdoor holiday light, it’s a battle for the ages.

Click here for the OFFICIAL RULES. Good luck, and happy storytelling!

 

Twentieth Century Fox Launches Parental Guidance Movie Promotion Using Photobucket “Stories” to Engage Movie Fans and Generate Excitement for December 25 Premiere

Season-long promotional campaign leverages the power of storytelling to reveal more about movie than typical online placements, trailers or teasers 

DENVER – December 13, 2012Photobucket Corporation today announced that Twentieth Century Fox’s family movie comedy for the holidays, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, is the first Photobucket marketing partner to launch a marketing campaign including the Photobucket “Stories” platform. Photobucket Stories is not only appealing to consumers (see related release), but it also enables brands to further engage fans in a more interactive way by creating virtual stories that can be embedded and shared across the web and social networks.

 Twentieth Century Fox’s PARENTAL GUIDANCE Stories includes an inside look at both families featured in the film: Marisa Tomei’s ”new school” family, along with the ”old school” family, featuring her parents played by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Their respective Stories detail some of the humorous generational differences with regards to childrearing, particularly when grandparents take over and the usual schedules, dietary restrictions and other rules go out the window. To see more of how the family dynamic stacks up, check out the Fox movie trailer for PARENTAL GUIDANCE here; the film arrives in theaters everywhere December 25.

“Photobucket Stories provides us a truly unique canvas, combining photos, videos and text to entice and engage fans,” said Zachary Eller, senior vice president of partnership marketing and promotions, Twentieth Century Fox. “We’re excited about the way the stories have been implemented and the extended look this provides into the opposing (and hilariously clashing!) parenting styles.”

Photobucket Stories for brands enables partners to:

  • Apply photo, video and text-based promotional content to allow your brand’s personality to shine through and distinguish itself
  •  Share ‘the story behind the story’ or a different perspective with your fan base to further engage and entice them
  •  Provide visually-appealing and highly-shareable content that can be embedded on websites, blogs and shared across social networks

“Brands are striving to humanize the way they engage audiences, which means they are seeking new ways to tell a story, create original content and connect with people,” said Brad Davis, Photobucket’s executive vice president of sales. “Photobucket Stories provides a simple, flexible framework for creation and distribution of brand narratives. We are proud to work with Twentieth Century Fox on creating a compelling message for PARENTAL GUIDANCE, and we are excited to deliver this new medium to serve the evolving needs of brand marketers and advertisers.”

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About Photobucket

Photobucket transforms the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling. As the world’s leading consumer service dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle, Photobucket hosts more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver with regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket press blog at http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.

To create a free Photobucket account, users can visit http://photobucket.com, or find the Photobucket Mobile Application and Snapbucket app available in the app store on all major smartphone platforms. Photobucket supports Mobile Web, iPhone, Android based devices, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7.

MEDIA CONTACT:              

PerkettPR for Photobucket

photobucket@perkettpr.com

Photobucket Unveils “Stories” Feature for Creating Lasting Multimedia Narratives

All-new Photobucket experience
leads to strong growth in new registrations; time spent on site more than
doubles as user engagement increases.

DENVER – Photobucket Corporation announced the availability of “Photobucket Stories”
on November 15th, providing users with an easy new way to combine
photos and videos into complete, sharable narratives. Fresh on the heels of the
rollout of the all-new beta Photobucket
user experience
, the site is seeing significant increases in user engagement as Stories
helps to transform the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling.

During its initial beta period, the
all-new Photobucket has seen continued growth with new registrations reaching one
million new users, while time spent on the site is up two and a half times per
user, as compared with the existing site. Photobucket users are also active and
engaged with the new Stories feature, generating more than 100,000 “Stories” created
in the limited availability beta period.

“We’ve experienced tremendous growth and
impressive user engagement levels as a result of our recent redesign,” said Tom
Munro, Photobucket’s CEO. “Our mission has always been to help people preserve
and protect their memories, but now we’ve been able to take that a step further
and turn memories into meaningful, unique stories; the new features we’ve built
into the all-new Photobucket allow users to do so much more with their photos
and video than ever before.”

Photobucket Stories allows users to easily
create and collaborate on living stories by inviting friends and family to
contribute photos, video and text to a single, sharable canvas. Once Stories
are created, they are easily embeddable on blogs, personal, and brand sites, and
can be shared among friends from mobile devices or across Facebook, Twitter and
other social networks.

“Building upon the success of the all-new
Photobucket, we’re excited to officially launch Photobucket Stories, which is
now fully integrated into the user experience,” said Kate Hare, vice president
of product management, Photobucket. “We wanted to make it easy for everyone to
collaborate and share their complete stories. Friends and family are a big part
of our stories and they all have a unique perspective on an event, and
Photobucket Stories lets everyone enjoy the fun of creating a story around the
event.”

Finally, there is a complete,
collaborative and contextual way for creating and sharing your life’s
adventures, from the epic to the everyday. No longer are consumers confined to
sharing images one at a time or in structured album formats; with Photobucket
Stories, the larger narrative evolves with richer context and meaning. Stories allows
users to:

  • Create,
    curate and tell a complete story by combining photos, videos, text captions
    and comments
  • Add to stories
    from mobile devices with direct upload from camera rolls in both Android
    and iPhone
  • Share a
    story preview via Facebook Timeline, or directly invite Facebook friends
    to help contribute to a story
  • Control
    privacy settings to share your story with a select group – or the world

“With the addition of Stories, Photobucket
continues to deliver on our promise to be the one place for all your photos and
videos so you can do
everything you
want with them,” said Munro. “We’ve already taken the guesswork out of
preserving and protecting your memories; but thanks to Stories, you can now add
new context and meaning to your adventures, connecting with others in a more
complete way than ever before.” 
 

To celebrate the launch of Stories,
Photobucket is also announcing its “
Life’s An Adventure” contest, in which users are invited to chronicle and share their
interesting exploits for the opportunity to win $25,000. Anyone can submit an
entry in story form via
Photobucket.com/StoryContest for consideration. Entries are now being accepted through December 9, and
winners will be announced on December 14.

 

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 About Photobucket

Photobucket transforms the act of
photosharing into the art of storytelling. As the world’s leading consumer service
dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle,
Photobucket hosts more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered
members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the
Web and connected digital devices. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver
with regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

For the latest feature announcements and
news, please visit the Photobucket press blog at
http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.

To create a free Photobucket account,
users can visit
http://photobucket.com, or find the Photobucket Mobile Application and Snapbucket app available in the app store on all major smartphone
platforms. Photobucket supports Mobile Web, iPhone, Android based devices,
BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7.

 

MEDIA
CONTACT:              

PerkettPR for
Photobucket


photobucket@perkettpr.com

Photobucket Launches “Life’s an Adventure” Photo & Video Contest in Celebration of New ‘Stories’ Feature

If a picture is worth 1,000
words, your story may be worth $25,000: Compile a multimedia narrative to tell the
story of your best “adventure” via Photobucket’s new storytelling feature for
an opportunity to win

DENVER – Photobucket Corporation unveiled its exciting new Stories feature on November 15th,
providing users with a simple way to create meaningful, complete narratives of
life’s adventures, to share with friends and family. Photobucket Stories
transforms the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling with an all-new
way to organize and share photos and videos with others. The company is also celebrating
the release of Stories with the launch of its “
Life’s an Adventure contest, in which consumers can highlight their adventures in this
new shared story format for an opportunity to win $25,000.

 “Photobucket Stories makes it easy to
create and share a more complete ‘picture’ of the events happening in our
lives.” said Tom Munro, Photobucket’s CEO. “Stories takes photosharing beyond
wall posts, albums, mobile sharing and collages, giving a whole new way to
capture moments and express your creativity.”

Photobucket Stories allows users to easily
create and collaborate on living stories by inviting friends and family to
contribute photos, video and text to a single, sharable canvas. Once Stories
are created, they are easily embeddable on blogs, personal, and brand sites,
and can be shared among friends from mobile devices or across Facebook, Twitter
and other social networks.

To celebrate the
launch of Stories, Photobucket is inviting users to participate in its “Life’s
An Adventure” contest, in which they can chronicle and share their most
interesting exploits for an opportunity to win $25,000. Anyone can submit an
entry in ‘Story’ form via
Photobucket.com/StoryContest for consideration. Entries are being accepted now through December 9, and they will be judged on a
combination of creativity, adherence to a theme and social engagement before
winners will be announced on December 14.

”Our ‘Life’s an Adventure’ contest is our
way of celebrating the evolution of the story, as we know it,” said Munro. “In
this digital age where fragments have become the status quo, we’re hoping to
bring back the narrative with this format, which encourages a more complete,
contextual approach to capturing the moments in your life, then easily sharing
with friends and family.”

No longer are consumers confined to
sharing images one at a time or in structured album formats; with Photobucket
Stories, the larger narrative evolves with richer context and meaning. Stories
allows users to:

  • Create,
    curate and tell a complete story by combining photos, videos, text
    captions and comments
  • Add to
    stories from mobile devices with direct upload from camera rolls in both
    Android and iPhone
  • Share a
    story preview via Facebook Timeline, or directly invite Facebook friends
    to help contribute to a story
  • Control
    privacy settings to share your story with a select group – or the world

To understand
how Stories works, and to prepare for your contest entry, you can see some
examples of recent Stories created on Photobucket here:

 

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 About Photobucket

Photobucket transforms the act of
photosharing into the art of storytelling. As the world’s leading consumer service
dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle,
Photobucket hosts more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered
members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the
Web and connected digital devices. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver
with regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

For the latest feature announcements and
news, please visit the Photobucket press blog at
http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.

To create a free Photobucket account,
users can visit
http://photobucket.com, or find the Photobucket Mobile Application and Snapbucket app available in the app store on all major smartphone
platforms. Photobucket supports Mobile Web, iPhone, Android based devices,
BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7.

MEDIA
CONTACT:              

PerkettPR for
Photobucket

photobucket@perkettpr.com

 

Story of a Mailbox Love Affair

On the Corner of 12th and
Lafayette in Denver Hill’s Capital Hill Neighborhood, there is a love affair….

Newspaper Mailboxes

And so the Story is told. Congratulations goes out to Derek Cann, our social media support specialist, whose clever idea to tell the tale of these now infamous
star-crossed lovers was a winner in our recent Photobucket’s Employee Stories Contest. Derek’s compelling, multimedia narrative puts a fun spin on what has now become a love story gone viral.

As reported earlier by media heavyweights such as ABC
News
and The Denver Post, the affair takes place in Denver, beginning
December 2010 with the first love messages painted on two side-by-side U.S.
postal mailboxes. Although city officials painted over them repeatedly, the
mailbox-painting bandits have continued to come back again and again – keeping the story alive over the years (most recently this week, with messages fit to the presidential election).

Derek’s story is a must-see, entertaining narrative into the complete mailbox love
story. Check it out here, and be sure to take advantage of the social share links available on the Photobucket site – for any friends who could use a light read (or just appreciate a good old love story!).

Mailboxes

 

Things are happening at Photobucket!

Today is a very exciting day for Photobucket and for our users as well. For months, we have been carefully listening to what you, our loyal users, wanted to see more of in the site and have been doing some heavy remodeling behind the scenes. We are incredibly excited to pull back the curtain, starting today for a portion of our users, and reveal a brand new Photobucket experience that we hope you’ll enjoy! 

Our generation captures and shares more photos and videos than any other. But as we take more photos on more devices and share them to more places, our digital portfolios have become fragmented and scattered. So while capturing and sharing has become easier than ever, management of all our photos and videos has become more difficult.

The all-new Photobucket is designed to address this issue by connecting all your devices, backing up all your photos and videos, and providing all the tools you need to easily create, share and protect your digital library. The new site debuts a sleek look and simplified design putting the most important items at your fingertips. There are also new features that allow you to:

  • Automatically upload photos and videos from computers, mobile phones and social sites 
  • Control what, where and with whom you share
  • Utilize diverse creative features, including fast and easy-to-use editing tools
  • Preserve all original images, maintaining the complete picture
  • Ensure safe, secure storage of all photos and videos, forever

If you take advantage of the new Photobucket ecosystem, you will never have to worry about backing up again, and all your photos and videos will be in one place! If you haven’t received beta access yet, you can submit your email address to request a beta invitation to the all-new Photobucket here http://bit.ly/N2JRTm.

At Photobucket, our users and your images are the fabric of our company and why we come to work every day. We thank you for choosing Photobucket in the past and for helping to inspire and shape the new experience. We hope you love it as much as we do. And stay tuned — in a couple weeks we will share a completely new way to create, curate and share your stories.

That’s enough from us, please take a look around the new site and let us know what you think. Already, our private beta users have provided hundreds of comments that have led to many enhancements across the experience. Thank you, enjoy the new site and please keep your feedback coming. 

 

Keeping your photo links safe online

 

You may have seen the articles talking about "fusking" or the ability to gain access to private images on Photobucket. Protecting your privacy is paramount at Photobucket so we wanted to clarify what that means for those of you unfamiliar with the term and share how you can add a layer of protection. 

Unless you’ve renamed your photos, your image names likely follow a consistent format, such as IMG_1939.JPG, IMG_1940.JPG, IMG_1941.JPG. If you have a Private album with default photo file names and you share the link to one of the photos in that Private album, it could be possible for someone to guess the link to other photos in that same Private album, since the files have a similar name. If they guess the exact link, they may be able to see that photo even though you never shared the link with them.

Photobucket monitors suspicious activity to track for possible fuskers. However the easiest way to protect your content is to  scramble the links to your photos and videos. Unless you have a need to preserve your original file names, as some of our users do, we recommend that you select this option to scramble both past and future uploads.  

The option to scramble has been available for some time, but we realize that not all users were aware of this feature. Here are step by step instructions on how to scramble your existing links http://photobucket.zendesk.com/entries/21822222. On new accounts, scrambling will be the default setting.

Your privacy is paramount to our company and we strive to provide comprehensive, secure privacy options that satisfy all user types and needs. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Tom Munro
CEO