Photobucket introduces visual search powered by Microsoft Silverlight

User Friendly Search Integration Encourages Sharing and Facilitates Image Discovery

San Francisco, Calif. – date, 2009 – Photobucket (, the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, today launched Photobucket Visual Search, a new and compelling way for users to browse photos and videos on Photobucket. Leveraging Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, Windows Live Services and Photobucket’s Open API platform, Photobucket Visual Search presents search results in an easy-to-browse interface that delivers an enhanced search experience for Photobucket’s more than 80 million users worldwide. 

With over 7 billion images hosted on Photobucket and over 41 million searches a day, search remains one of Photobucket’s most popular features. Photobucket Visual Search offers an alternative search mechanism to the standard Photobucket search methodology, empowering users to explore Photobucket’s vast library of images and videos.  Photobucket Visual Search not only displays results for the searched term but also suggests related terms to give a user’s search greater depth.  

Photobucket Visual Search also strengthens the social nature of photos and videos by incorporating Windows Live Messenger, enabling Messenger users to easily share Photobucket images with their friends and family.

“Photobucket was built on the principle that searching for and sharing images should be simple, and Microsoft’s Silverlight technology has produced the best in class service” said Alex Welch, president of Photobucket.  “We are always looking for new and compelling ways for our users to browse Photobucket’s enormous library of images and Photobucket Visual Search now makes it easy and entertaining.”

“We are tremendously pleased to help Photobucket produce such a compelling new offering like Photobucket Visual Search.  Not only have they made searching for images fun with Silverlight, they’ve leveraged Windows Live’s 320+ million active users to make it easy to share found images.” said.Kevin Gallo, General Manager of Silverlight.

Photobucket Visual Search uses the free Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in, available to both Windows and Macintosh users, supporting all major browsers.  To sign up for a free Photobucket account, please visit  To start using Photobucket Visual Search, visit Photobucket’s Find Stuff area at, and click on the "visual search" link in the left sidebar. For more information, please visit and  


About Photobucket
Photobucket is the premier standalone photo and video sharing site, with over 81 million monthly unique users* around the world linking billions of personal photos, graphics, slideshows and videos daily to hundreds of thousands of Web sites, including Bebo, Blogger, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, MySpace, Orkut, Xanga and many others. In addition to linking content, Photobucket users share their personal digital media by email, instant messaging, and mobile devices. Every day, over 11 million personal photos, graphics and videos are uploaded to Photobucket for sharing with family, friends and the online world. The company actively moderates content to create a safe environment for its users, partners and advertisers.  Photobucket has offices in San Francisco, California and Denver, Colorado and is located online at For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket blog at
*comScore Media Metrix, March  2009


Lisa Dilg