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James

Photobucket - July 2013

Photobucket

It seems Photobucket have recently moved the goalposts for free user
accounts, claiming that users are exceeding 10Gb of bandwidth per month.

This has lead to a lot of photos on here, including loads of my own, being
replaced with the "Look whos Popular!" Photobucket image instead of the
actual pictures.

I know for a fact I'm not using 10Gb of bandwidth a month, but Photobucket
have stopped giving free users access to detailed bandwidth statistics, so you
cant logon to your account and remove pictures that are the most popular.

All of this is an attempt to get money from people as paid accounts have unlimited
bandwidth. I wouldnt urge anyone to pay for this as there are many other picture
hosting sites that do not restrict bandwidth.

I'll be giving http://imgur.com/ a go from now on.



James H
Hawick_1987

Are you having a giraffe? I've had nothing but hassle with Photobucket since I signed up and I'm almost at the end of my tether with them.  

I tried Flickr (opening a new account soon), TinyPic and Deviant Art and found Flickr to be the lesser of the evils. What I tend to do now is upload photos via Facebook and just copy the image urls from there. So far no issues, other than the reduced quality of the originals.
cybers

Facebook move the goalposts by giving the photos new URL's to stop that very thing every now and again.
Hawick_1987

cybers wrote:
Facebook move the goalposts by giving the photos new URL's to stop that very thing every now and again.


 
fastnet

Flickr works for me. And you get 1TB free now.
Alex Glass

I have received multiple messages from Photobucket claimong the same but as far as I can see I am not exceeding the bandwidth.

I was contemplating opening a new account using a different email address. I already have three other Photobucket accounts.

Maybe I will take James' advice and go to another host provider.

Any suggestions would be welcome  
cybers

Flickr free 1tb
TinyPic ... Okay when used properly

Or the big New Kiddy on the block Ipernity
Doog Doog

A headache for the mods if folk start changing or closing photofucket accounts.....
norrie

I have been paying for an account for several years, got all my Glasgow stuff plus hill walking, holidays etc all loaded on to Photobucket, cant walk away from it,I dont fancy starting all over


Photobucket has been working a lot better for me, still the odd blip right enough but I just curse at the screen
I have been told I am at 70odd %, funny, I used to have unlimited storage
My friend tried using another email address didn't work, could his IP address have given him away?
James

Doog Doog wrote:
A headache for the mods if folk start changing or closing photofucket accounts.....

You got that right...

BTW, I just paid Photobucket $2.99 for a months subscription, ensuring my
images keep appearing on here. However, I've discovered that they STILL
dont give you detalied bandwidth statistics, even once you've paid! I sent a
message to their support staff asking for detailed stats. He twice tried to fob
me off saying the stats were gathered by a "third party". I then formally requested
a copy of stats relating to my account AND some detailed info on this "third party".

He never replied to this request.

It's a clear con, set up to get money out of people. Nothing more.


I mainly paid to trace my own pics on here in order to upload them to another
host, which I will do. Once that's done Photobucket can go take a running fcuk
to itself, as far as I'm concerned.


BTW, TinyPic is owned by Photobucket...


James H
Stuball

Everyone just wants to make money out of the internet... I remember the days when most of it was free  
cybers

Explains why some of the Tinypic placemats have been appearing... If photobucket is on a cash driven exercise to save its ass.

Stu once the Americans claimed ownership of the Internet it put a price on everything.
Ruchazie Rat

Maybe someone here can fittingly photoshop Photobucket`s logo to "Shitbucket". And incorporate in that toy from Tam Shepard`s Joke Shop (Queen St), where the little skeleton hand comes out and snatches your penny away.
Alex Glass

Apologies for the loss of all my photos from the site due to Photobucket trying to dip their hands in my pocket.

I thought I would have gotten away with it by opening another account before the bandwith limit was reached. Unfortunately I haven't managed to do that. I even tryed to delete some photos hoping that this would help but it hasn't so I will now have to give them some money to restore the photos.
James

I tried deleting older pics and even a few folders I wasnt using before but it
never made any difference either. I'm pissed off at their point-blank refusal
to allow us mere mortals to see these bandwidth stats.

It's naked racketeering.


James H
Alex Glass

I have reviewed my account and it appears that my bandwidth will be restored to zero in 8 days.

The Bandwidth limit is set to zero every month.

The choice is - do I wait 8 days or do I purchase extra storage which gives unlimited bandwidth
norrie

I am puzzled, I have paid $28?  for a few years, unlimited storage, a few months ago I was told my storage was at %70 and there was other packages on offer, god knows whats going, need to check my bank statement to see whats been deducted
Having said that, I have not heard anymore about upgrading
cybers

james73 wrote:

never made any difference either. I'm pissed off at their point-blank refusal
to allow us mere mortals to see these bandwidth stats.

It's naked racketeering.


James H


I have a bandwidth placemat on another forum from Photobucket thing is I only have about 30 images hosted there and around 20 of those are in gif format and less than 100kbs ... To me its an extortion thing... no doubt looking at who is using message boards for traffic and just chancing their arm. Photobucket were quite bad for this back in the early days then it got all reformed as the internet got cheap. Looks like in these austere times they are looking to empty your pocket without offering up the proof you are actually using up the bandwidth.
sputnik

i feel your resentment good people but i am afraid i  know nothing of this language that you speak.photobucket?bandwitdth?for i am a mere mortal who barely knows how to switch this damn contraption on.which dear readers is why i much appreciate the lengths you go to on my and others behalf.for that i salute you one and all.sputnik.
Alex Glass

I have noticed that some of the folders on my photobucket account have been viewed more than those on my flickr account.

I have never tags any of the photos I place on photobucket and only have two followers. There is no log back of views from here as one of my most recent folders and the one which I have posted most photos here has received no views.

If the bandwidth scan related to the number of times photos are viewed? If this is how it works has Photobucket been arranging someone to view photos and thereby use up bandwidth?

Therefore if you make the photos private will that prevent future problems?

It is strange that all of a sudden after almost five years using this account it is only now using up the 10GB monthly bandwidth allowance.

Strange
cybers

That does seem strange Alex ... are they inflating the numbers themselves though making the folder private should solve the problem it will also catch them out if they are lying.
Alex Glass

The notice posed does say "Lood whos' popular" which does indicate that the bandwidth is associated to number of views a photo receives.

I will wait until the bandwidth has been restored to see if it does restore the link and them will change the settings on my account.

Hopefully there isn't a clean up by the mods to remove my broken links.
AlanM

The views on Flickr, Photobucket etc only count when a registered user visits the page on their site.

The bandwidth that Photobucket monitor comes from thread views and page views on other sites etc. as well and is difficult to estimate without access to the server logs or writing a script to count number of times a photo is requested
James

cybers wrote:
That does seem strange Alex ... are they inflating the numbers themselves though making the folder private should solve the problem it will also catch them out if they are lying.


My entire Photobucket account (never mind individual folders) is marked private.
It always has been, from the minute I joined. That means the only way to see my
images is if I link them to a forum. The only forum I link them to is Urban Glasgow.

Obviously, people can Google images and then link them to their own website or
forum. The 'old' photobucket used to let you see the most popular images and where
they were appearing - meaning you could delete it, move it or rename it, breaking
the link to the rouge forum/website. Now, Photobucket DONT let us see this info.

That fact that they are not giving us detailed bandwidth stats is, as I've said already,
naked racketeering.


James H
Alex Glass

My account bandwidth has been restarted so I will see how long it takes to roun out again.

I won't be posting any more photos from that account and will have to start a new account somewhere.
James

More than a week after asking for detailed stats, I finally got a text based
reply from Photobucket. The vast majority of my pics are viewed on this
forum and have 40-60 views each. There's only one image that has more
than 100 views on it and given the list of stats I still refuse to believe it is
causing my account to exceed 10Gb a month. I'll still be moving the majority
of my images away from Photobucket.


James H
Doog Doog

I've just got a message about bandwidth from photofuckit and the suggestion that I upgrade.
Anyone tried any of the lesser known hosting sites?
James

I'm in the process of moving my images to http://imgur.com/ as it has unlimited
bandwidth. Best to create many folders on Imgur though as, apparently, once you
upload a certain amount of pics the earliest ones dont appear when you log-in! They
still show up on posted sites though.



James H
AlanM

I've heard lots of good things about http://www.ipernity.com/ might suit some of you more and its free.
Doog Doog

Thanks for the suggestions James & Alan.
Lobey Dosser

I don't use any of the websites mentioned, and you can call me a cynic, but is it at all possible that these "storage" websites offer free storage of pics and documents at the outset to draw people in?

Then when everyone has uploaded all of their stuff, the website adjusts the terms of use by restricting bandwith (and preventing deletion of the previously uploaded material) -- but offering more bandwith for a fee? Seems like a variation on the old "bait & switch" tactic.....
fastnet

Fair point LD.

But what would you suggest for uploading then ?
cybers

Technically it is still possible to host a home server with the always on connections most of us have as long as as you have a static I.P address.

It's not the easiest thing in the world for the guy in the street to achieve and there are a few addressing issues that can be solved quickly and easily by online hosting companies hence the popularity of Flickr, Photobucket  etc etc.
Marblez

LD that was one thing which crossed my mind when Flickr started offering the 1TB limit, however as long as you keep your file sizes small and only upload jpegs (not TIFF or RAW) then you will never come close to that. I have over 100K in photos in various formats and I am only using HALF that amount . So in theory even if they did introduce a charge I should be well within my limit
Lobey Dosser

I'm not too familiar with any of the "storage" websites, but from reading the previous postings, it seems to me that they want you to upload your stuff, then when they have it all, they change the rules.

As I say, I'm not too familiar with them so I shouldn't be passing judgement. What about Cloud? And Dropbox? Are they any better/any different?
norrie

I got an email from Photbucket a week or so ago, telling me I had used 85% of my storage
I was under the impression my $29 a year got me unlimited storage so I contacted them, right enough things have changed and I will at some time have to upgrade to $49 a year, dont grudge it, less tham 1 a week
Anyway, the nice man I dealt with has added 10GB so that will last me for some time
Seems I have over 31,000 images in Photobucket, I though that was a lot but have since spoken to a friend who has lots more than that
ken198960

i have been having trouble with photobucket today anytime i tried to upload it was saying error you need to login to upload so im going to upload to imgur and take all my photos out of photobucket and disable my account
norrie

Hi Ken198960, remember if you delete your account, all the photos you have loaded on this web site will vanish
ken198960

its ok i backed all the photos up to flikr first  so i can re submit them
norrie

Hi smb198960, I was thinking more of the extra work
Happily my Photobucket is going well, not 100%  but near enough
cybers

You will need to visit ever single post you made and edit them accordingly. Blank placemats round these parts get deleted which affects post count and seriously rubs up the admin the wrong way lol.
James

I've finally started replacing my Photobucket based images with imgur links
after getting more bollox from Photobucket about being over the bandwidth
limit. Seems they dont reset it evey month as theres no way a couple of my
images are using up 10Gb/month, no way. Took me ages to replace all the
images I posted on the Queen Street thread but I think thats the biggest one
I have to do. Next will be the St Enoch station and Buchanan St station threads,
then I'll work back through the Past Present threads.

Pain in the arse but once this is done it's bye bye Photobucket. I found doing
the Queen Street thread it was an idea to save all info in a text file - you can
upload direct to imgur from Photobucket so that saves you a bit of time.


James H
cybers

Sounds like a plan ..... You should just ban anyone fool enough to use photofuckit      

3...2...1.... Cue Norrie    
norrie

Wee bit late , as I said its ok for me
How can I walk away from it, if I stop paying the photos will dissapear and I dont fancy doing all of them again, I have been doing it in a small way from 2009 and more and more from 2010

Proboards now have a system were you can load straight from your files, the photos do have to be under 1MB?

You click on the photo to enlarge it for viewing on the web site
Bye for now, norrie
cybers

I was kidding wee chap hence the reason I stuck your name in there and the smileys.

Though I was alarmed by this statement... Please dont take this the wrong way... If you peg it your collection is gone forever ?
 seems such a waste of an entire body of work.

norrie wrote:
If I stop paying the photos will disappear and I dont fancy doing all of them again, I have been doing it in a small way from 2009 and more and more from 2010
norrie

Hi Cybers, well I could be wrong but if I stop paying, I assumed they would delete the account
Hawick_1987

I have nothing productive to add to this thread, other than to say I'm sick to the back teeth of Photobucket. The goalposts are moved every bloody month which takes me over the bandwidth limit. I've been using Facebook meantime.
cybers

Facebook use dynamic placemats for their photos. It's a pain in the ass when they make a site change, the code on the photo changes and will leave a blank space here. Think its down to the fact they do not want people photohosting there without some sort of recompense via adverts and for that to happen you need to be logged in.
Hawick_1987

It has caused me a few problems Cybers, but not half as much as Photofcukit!

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