Photobucket marks one year anniversary of open API platform

Leading Software Partners Developing Innovative Applications for Photo and Video Sharing Using Photobucket’s API Platform 

San Francisco, Calif. – March 31, 2009 – Today, Photobucket (http://photobucket.com),  the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the opening of its API platform, a cornerstone of Photobucket’s commitment to working with developers to deliver new experiences both on and off the Web. Now, with these third-party applications, Photobucket enables users to share their personal media in more ways than ever before.

To date, over 1,800 developers have signed up to receive a Photobucket API key which allows them to tap the largest standalone photo and video sharing community on the Web, with over 55 million monthly unique users worldwide. Applications allow Photobucket’s users to leverage Photobucket as a central hub for media to share photos and videos across multiple platforms, including social networks, home entertainment systems, mobile phones, digital photo frames, and more.

“People make memories to share them,” said Alex Welch, co-founder and CEO of Photobucket. “That’s why our developer partners play a crucial role in ensuring Photobucket’s continued appeal and growth as they make sharing memories easy and accessible no matter where you are.”

Applications of note developed using Photobucket’s API include:

Online services:

  • Microsoft’s Windows Live ‘What’s New’ feed allows customers to share new photos and videos they’ve uploaded to Photobucket with their friends on Windows Live
  • Integration with MySpace allows users to post Photobucket photos and videos directly to their MySpace comments; MySpace has also integrated Photobucket results into the MySpace image search
  • Integration with Facebook Platform allows users to post photos and videos to their Facebook profiles and alert friends to new activity on Photobucket

Beyond the desktop:

  • Sony’s newest digital still camera, DSC-G3, empowers users to send photos and videos wirelessly from their cameras directly to their Photobucket accounts

Mobile handset applications:

  • Ontela developed a series of applications enabling Verizon, T-Mobile, iPhone users and others take advantage of the full power of Photobucket on their mobile phone

Media editing tools:

  • Online photo editor Fotoflexer enables users to edit their photos directly from their Photobucket account and is integrated into Photobucket
  • Innovative online scrapbooking company Scrapblog allows users to transform their photos on Photobucket into memorable keepsakes

Photobucket’s API allows partners to control and access a host of features on the Photobucket site, including:

  • Create and update photo and video albums
  • Get featured media, group albums, ratings, comments
  • Subscribe to albums and search terms

Developers can visit http://developer.photobucket.com for information about obtaining a free or commercial API key.

 “The Photobucket API allowed us to bring Scrapblog’s online scrapbooking tools to a whole new audience – Photobucket’s millions of users worldwide,” said Carlos Garcia, founder and CEO of Scrapblog.  “We are excited to give Photobucket users the tools to be more creative with their photos and we are thrilled to bring the scrapbooking tradition to a new generation of users.  The integration has been seamless and continues to be a great success.”

“Ontela and Photobucket are committed to providing an awesome mobile imaging experience for users,” said Charles Zapata, Co-Founder and Architect at Ontela.  “Photobucket has been incredible to work with when it comes to integrating with their API, and as a result we have been able to create a much richer product experience for consumers to enjoy.”

Products built using Photobucket’s API are featured within the site’s Application Gallery at http://gallery.photobucket.com. For more information about the Photobucket API, please visit http://developer.photobucket.com.  

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About Photobucket
Photobucket is the premier standalone photo and video sharing site, with over 55 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 http://photobucket.com. For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket blog at http://blog.photobucket.com.
*comScore Media Metrix, February 2009

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2 thoughts on “Photobucket marks one year anniversary of open API platform

  1. I have a big problem.
    I am writing this here because your system will not allow me to create a thread on your forums (despite my going to the trouble and time of registering) and at last I have found somewhere where I can write.
    Why does Photobucket provide a link for “forums” beginning [IMG] which does not work?????
    This has caused me embarrassment; I suggest you fix it FAST

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