Release of major new Tagging feature on Photobucket

Posted by on Nov 8, 2007 in Finding Cool Stuff | 14 Comments

We’re pretty excited about this.  Starting today, you can "tag" any photo on Photobucket.

What’s a tag?

It’s a word, or group of words, that describes whatever is in your photo. But isn’t that just a title? Well, could be, but this goes further:

  • You can drag a region of any photo and ‘tag’ it — so someone’s face, or something in a photo
  • You can assign a link to any tag — so you could link someone’s face to their Myspace or Facebook profile
  • You can email a friend when they, or something they like, has been tagged in a photo
  • Finally, you can post a tagged photo outside Photobucket, and the tags and links go along with it, along with the embedded links you’ve made

Sound good? Click here to start tagging your Photobucket album.

Here’s what the page on Photobucket looks like where you add a tag, an email, and a link:

Here’s what a tagged image looks like when it’s embedded onto Myspace:

Why tag?

  • To organize your albums
  • To tell friends about photos in your albums
  • To find more photos like those you’ve tagged in your albums
  • To post a richer photo outside Photobucket — one that’s fully annotated by you

Want to see a demo?


  1. H
    November 13, 2007

    Yeah, I love all this new stuff. But I hate not being able to see the size of my picture(s). I’m looking at

  2. slayergurl121
    November 11, 2007

    What happened to the listing of the dimensions of the photos? I really miss that!!!!

  3. Bruce M. Burton
    November 11, 2007

    Well so far, all I notice is that the new services cause the pages to load much more slowly. I liked the old format better. Sorry.

  4. AvalonChild
    November 11, 2007

    I agree with Nigel. I lost all my titles for my pictures, and I have over 4,000 photos on my account. What happened to them, and can I get them back?
    I don’t mind the new layout and the new features, but I’m (to put this nicely) ANGRY that all my titles and now default and not what I originally had there.
    Full of fail, Photobucket. Yes you are.

  5. Dale
    November 10, 2007

    this will be great, once everyone starts using it. It will help a lot when searching for pics. I have a free acct on this social site with over 2,000 pics, and I’m in Photobucket all the time looking for more

  6. Alice Lankester
    November 9, 2007

    Hi there. Photobucket here.
    We really would like to help you with your question. If you don’t mind, it would be great to go through the channels dedicated to customer service — because they are ready to help you 24/7.
    For Photobucket specific help can you please try to contact support by email
    Thanks you very much for taking the time to write. Your feedback is very important! Please be 100% assured that we read ALL the feedback and consider it all very carefully as we work to develop and grow Photobucket.

  7. Devlin
    November 9, 2007

    I would sign up for a paid account if it meant that you would stop changing PB so much. It was perfectly fine the way it was A YEAR AGO. And ever since you’ve been overhauling it constantly, making it worse and worse and worse. It’s cluttered, confusing, and it runs poorly due to the huge amount of ads all over it.

  8. aakesha
    November 9, 2007

    i hate this.
    now when i try and search for photos, nothing comes up…is the search feature only for searching tags now? and yes, i’m choosing to only search “My albums” and not everyone elses stuff.
    now i have hundreds of pictures to go back and tag! what a pain in the a$$

  9. Alice Lankester
    November 8, 2007

    Photobucket here. Make sure you write to us at If you email us, we can respond to each of you individually and we’ll resolve your problems. Thanks so much for commenting, but most of all thanks for using Photobucket.

  10. Alice Lankester
    November 8, 2007

    Hey, thanks for the feedback. We want to respond to everyone individually. If you want to write to us, email us at If you just want to comment, then please go ahead and do so here.

  11. Karin
    November 8, 2007

    I agree with Nigel. All the titles have moved to the bottom and aren’t displayed on the thumbnail view at all … only the file name which means nothing to my viewers? I don’t want to use the tagging feature at this time, I want my titles to show at the top as before. Please put it back.

  12. Rene
    November 8, 2007

    i can see some titles in my stuff, i guess,
    I love the new features, Photobucket ROCKS =D please continue with the great job.

  13. signinsux
    November 8, 2007

    Word. I used to be able to search my private album based on image title. Now, I can’t get any results, and I am NOT going back and tagging every single image. Not that that seems to be working anyway…

  14. Nigel
    November 8, 2007

    I want to be able to turn this feature off and it won’t let me – I don’t need more clutter on the screen.
    And am I the only one who has lost all titles for my pictures ? The system has now defaulted the title to the filename.
    Not a great move Photobucket.