In the news: Photobucket Consolidates Social Shares

Photobucket consolidates social shares into custom hashtag albums.

“Photobucket recently unveiled a new feature that consolidates social media sharing…Photos uploaded by anyone on Twitter, Instagram, or Photobucket will be added to a Photobucket album — so long as the images have a custom hashtag attached.”

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By: Elizabeth Harper (Sprout Social Insights)

Upload to Album – It’s a Snap!

At Photobucket, we continually strive to have the best photo album experience on the web. Over the coming weeks, we will bring new functionality to your album pages on the website, making it easier to upload, manage, view and share your photo albums.

We recently launched a new, straight forward way to upload directly into your album of choice while viewing that album. Just look for this new uploading hot spot:

Upload Hotspot

 You can start uploading by following these simple steps.

  1. Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to.

  2. Drag images and videos from your desktop directly into the album.Drag to Album

  3. You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.Open File Browser

  4. Voila! Your upload should begin.

You can browse your library while photos are uploading without interrupting the process.  The upload progress bar at the bottom of the page allows you to monitor your uploads and quickly access newly added photos.

Once the upload is complete, we’ll arrange the photos into your album based on your organization preferences.

More exciting album updates are on the way!

Something specific you’d like to see? Let us know your album wish-list in the comments below.

 

 

Create a Personalized Valentine’s Day Card with Photobucket

Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift? All you need is love… and Photobucket’s exciting, new love-themed sticker pack to create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards for your special someones this holiday.

Enhance your sweetest, sappiest, most gag-worthy photos with our editor following these simple steps:

      • Choose the photo you wish to work with and click “Edit”.
      • Choose “Stickers” from the editing options and select your favorite love-themed stickers to add to your photo.Photo Editing
      • Drag stickers to desired position on photo. You can also edit the size of the stickers with the drag tool. Click “Apply” to seal the deal.Easy Photo Edits
      • Play around with our other editing options. When you are tickled pink, click “Save”.
      • Time to show off! Share your Valentine’s Day photo electronically or Print a hard copy to hand out to friends on the big day. Photo Editing

Here is the finished product of the card I made using the Photobucket editor:

Easy, personalized valentine's day gifts.

Easy editing with our Valentine’s Day sticker pack is a great way to create personalized memories. You can even do it on the go – download our app and access all of these features from your iPhone. Enjoy…and share the love!

Updated Scoop on the Latest Updates to the All-New Photobucket!

February 7, 2012 update: As we mentioned in our recent blog post, we’ve been hard at work releasing features and making improvements on the new site (thanks for your feedback – and keep it coming!). We’re excited to announce the first two updates related to linking and editing:

First, the linking news: Easier link copying is now ready. Yes, you asked, and we listened – easy linking mode is now available via the all-new Photobucket user experience.

What does that mean? Well, we will be offering the same easy access to links (direct, email & IM, HTML, and IMG) as historically available on our original Photobucket site – only this time it’s quicker and easier to do.

In your User Settings, under the Album tab, you will find an option to turn on Easy Linking Mode. Enabling it will display the codes below the thumbnails in your albums for easy copying and linking of your photos. Simply double click the code and either right click on your mouse and copy or press Ctrl+C after the code is highlighted, then paste as you please.

Second, the editing news: An improved editor is now available. That’s right, we’ve unveiled an improved editor, which will be easier for editors of all levels to use, on the all-new Photobucket.

Please note: The old editor is no longer available on the original site, so now is the perfect time to make the switch if you haven’t already!

Photobucket’s 2012 Year in Review

Every year around this time, I like to pause and take a moment to reflect on the past 12 months and think about the successes and lessons learned while planning ahead for the next 365 days. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, but we’ve certainly got a lot to celebrate – and much more to look forward to in 2013!

Photobucket marked 2012 by transforming 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, we are committed to being the one place where you can keep all your memories – and do literally anything you want with them, whether that’s emailing an album link, embedding in your blog, creating a social scrapbook or even designing traditional photo gifts for giving to friends and family.

Numbers-wise, we continued to keep our momentum up, thanks to our very active, very loyal base of users. Thanks to you, we’re still the largest dedicated photo and video site, hosting 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. That’s a lot of memories entrusted to us, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. In fact, our customer support team took to social media this year in full force via a dedicated Twitter handle and Facebook team to respond to your questions, comments and concerns.

Most recently, we celebrated the launch of Photobucket Stories with a $25,000 Life’s an Adventure contest, in which we received more than 4,700 entries, thanks to an active and engaged community (1M+ strong on Facebook!). It was a close race, with more than 475,000 of you taking to social media to get in on the action and cast your vote for your favorites by entering, commenting, liking and sharing them. In the end, though, Summer Brennan was crowned our champ with her touching story about her adventures in horse training titled, “Amado: Befriending a Wild Mustang.”

As evidenced in Summer’s tale, Photobucket Stories provides users with an easy new way to combine photos and videos into complete, sharable narratives – with photos, video, text, social collaboration and sharing capabilities, and more (see another great example here). It’s something we’ve worked very hard on and were proud to include on the heels of our release of the all-new beta Photobucket user experience this year. As a result, the site has seen significant increases in user engagement, as Stories continues to help us transform the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling.

Another exciting development that combined the power of Stories with the popularity of holiday cheer was our promotion with Twentieth Century Fox’s family movie comedy, PARENTAL GUIDANCE. This partnership marked our first launch of a marketing campaign including the Photobucket “Stories” platform. PARENTAL GUIDANCE Stories includes an inside look at both families – “old school” and “new school” – featured in the film, along with their respective (and humorous!) generational differences.

Along with those developments, we announced an exciting partnership with Windows 8 as a photography app available in the new Windows Store to help users encourage and enhance their creativity. We also took some time out to focus on the little things with our dedicated PB Loves gallery, which is a collection of things that make the Photobucket staff happy, whether it’s a favorite photograph, funny snapshots or moment that’s been memorialized – all put together to keep inspiring you.

So, as you can see, we’ve had quite the year, and we’re excited to carry on the positive momentum into the next year and beyond, with plans for more product enhancements, mobile updates and launches, additions in functionality and features, new and novel tools…and much, much more.

A few sneak peeks? As we continue to evolve the all-new Photobucket site, we’ve added all the features that linkers love, plus we’ll also be rolling out an improved editor and evolving the new Plus service to better suit your needs. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Thank you again for your support this past year, and we look forward to celebrating and sharing more milestones with you in 2013.

-Tom

Verizon Wireless and Photobucket Launch Instant Mobile Photo Uploading

Web’s Leading Standalone Photo Site Makes Photo Sharing Fast and Easy For Verizon Wireless Customers

Basking Ridge, NJ & San Francisco, Calif. — November 13, 2008 — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless provider, and Photobucket (http://photobucket.com), the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, today announced the availability of a new mobile photo service on select Verizon Wireless handsets that enables Verizon Wireless customers to easily send photos from a mobile device to a Photobucket album.  The application will launch exclusively for Verizon Wireless customers and is available for download from Verizon Wireless mobile storefront by texting ‘photob’ to 2777, in the Community and Sharing category of the Verizon Wireless Get It Now catalog or by visiting http://photobucket.com/mobile.

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Photobucket is excited to be part of the Microsoft Windows Live Services launch

We're excited to be part of the updated Windows Live Services announcement with Microsoft tonight.  Anything that makes photo sharing easier is good for all of us. Photobucket will be an integrated photo partner in Windows Live Services.

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Make desktop background collages on Photobucket

We were watching a rather clever Photobucket user at work last night. She was using the built-in scrapbook tool on Photobucket to make a collage for her laptop desktop background picture.

We liked the idea so much, we wanted to share it with you too!

Go into the scrapbook tool — click "scrapbooks" in the top menu bar.

Play with different backgrounds, stickers, themes. If you don’t like any of the built-in themes, start with something blank. Be sure to choose "get stickers" and "get backgrounds" to get lots and lots of new stuff.

There are hundreds of stickers to play with! Our Photobucket user thought they were really fun.

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Drag and drop pics of your favorite things onto the page.

Background Image

Just save one page (you can delete the others).

In Photobucket, you’ll see a static JPG of the collage saved in its own album inside your account.  Use that JPG as your desktop background. It looks great!