Platform Profiles: Photobucket

Peter Roesler, President - Web Marketing Pros

By Peter Roesler

President, Web Marketing Pros

Photobucket is an image and video hosting website that allows users to create slideshows, scrapbooks, group albums, and to share their content with others. The service was started in 2003 and is now the default photo sharing platform for Twitter.

Photobucket offers free and premium accounts. Free users have limitations on photo size, bandwidth, and storage space (and the images must be for non-commercial use).

The greatest advantage of using Photobucket is the ease of using the platform and how well it integrates with many other social platforms. Photobucket’s image hosting has been used with eBay, Myspace, Facebook, LiveJournal and even Neopets. There are also features that allow users to determine how public their content is. Users can make private albums, create password protected guest accounts, or make the album fully available to the public.

The biggest disadvantages of using Photobucket come from the limitations the platform places on the service. Without paying for the premium accounts, users are limited to 2 GB of storage space and limit of 1 MB per photo. Also users have less control over the look and feel of their Photobucket site than in other photo publishing platforms. This was recently illustrated in 2013 when users were unable to switch their websites back to an older configuration when they were unhappy with the newest look of the site.

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