Photobucket Launches Mobile Uploads for Photos and Videos
New Service Lets Photobucket’s 30 Million Users Capture and Upload Photos and Videos from Their Mobile Devices
PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Photobucket (http://www.photobucket.com), the online personal media company where over 30 million people create, manage and share their digital lives, today announced the availability of its mobile photo and video service.
This latest Photobucket offering will allow users to send photos and videos from mobile devices directly to their Photobucket accounts. Photobucket’s users range from music fans to gamers to independent journalists and bloggers. Now, they will be able to capture and share their experiences while in the moment — effectively turning their photo and video-enabled phones into personal broadcast devices.
According to Gartner, nearly 48% of the total phones sold worldwide in 2006 — or roughly 460 million — have a camera built into them. Gartner projects that by 2010 this number will increase to a billion, or roughly 81% of the total phones sold.
“As people capture their lives on digital handheld devices, they want to share those moments immediately,” said Alex Welch, CEO and co-founder of Photobucket. “Photobucket users are passionate about sharing events in their lives as they happen, and we are committed to making this real-time sharing simple and easy.”
Each Photobucket user has a unique address and PIN number that allows them to send their photo and video clips via MMS. Once on Photobucket, the content can be shared and linked to various social networks, blogs, and message forums. Image and video albums may be public or private depending on user-elected preferences.