In an effort to help both our new and loyal customers settle in to the all-new Photobucket, we recently launched a collection of short videos that provide easy-to-digest tips and tricks to enjoy the new site.
To give you an idea of the topics we cover in the library, here are the latest “Quick Tips” available for viewing:
- How to download single photos
- How to bulk link photos
- How to bulk delete photos
- How to bulk select & move photos
Whether you’re a newbie or a pro looking to brush up on your technique, we’ll show you how to manage basic – yet essential – site features and capabilities. Other “how-to” topics explored include episodes focused on basic photo uploading to your account, logging in, quick navigation and user settings. There is also this handy video, which shows users around the new and improved Photobucket photo editor.
With a little guidance and knowledge under your belt, we’re confident that the all-new Photobucket will be the one site you need to do everything you want with your photos and videos.
We will continue to update regularly with additional tutorials for getting up-to-speed on all the site has to offer so you can quickly and easily transition to the best Photobucket experience yet. Is there anything in particular that you would like to see a tutorial for? Leave a comment below to let us know!
If you saw our recent 2012 recap, you know that we’ve been working hard to create a complete, best-in-class user experience for our Photobucket community, regularly releasing features and improvements as part of the new site rollout.
Since launching the all-new Photobucket site back in August, we’ve added Stories, shared your best adventures (see Summer Brennan’s $25K winning Story here), built out features, and continued to enhance the site based on feedback from you.
Now, as we prepare to migrate all customers to the all-new Photobucket site, we’re announcing the latest improvement: our editing experience.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Aviary, the industry leader in photo editing. Aviary’s editor is powerful enough for our power users, yet intuitive enough that beginners can jump right in.
Here’s what we think you’ll like about the new photo editor:
- Intuitive: Easily adjust the contrast, brightness and color of your shots
- Powerful: Utilize everything from cool effects to professional touch-up tools
- Creative: Have fun experimenting with new stickers and text options
Our new Aviary photo editor will not only allow you to discover new artistic tools and effects, but you can also edit and design your photos with ease (in just a few clicks!), thanks to easy photo effects, filter and editing tools.
The integration with Aviary will also enable us to offer a consistent editing suite – available immediately on the web (and coming this spring for mobile and tablet) – for a more cohesive Photobucket experience. Give it a shot: we’re confident that you’ll see it’s never been easier to bring your photos to life, and adding a professional touch to your images has never been so simple.
We hope this helps you to get more creative with your existing memories and inspires you to create some new ones to store and share on 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!
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.
What an amazing kickoff to Photobucket Stories with our recent Life’s an Adventure contest, and huge thanks to all who participated! There certainly was some tough competition with more than 4,700 entries, many of which ran neck-and-neck after 475,000 of you took to social media to voice your vote for your favorites by entering, commenting, liking and sharing them! But that being said, we did have to narrow it down to one first place champ, and we are happy to congratulate Summer Brennan our $25,000* winner for her story titled “Amado: Befriending a Wild Mustang.”
Summer’s entry chronicles her beautiful and touching journey of her training a wild mustang stallion named Amado. She walks us through the time she spent befriending Amado and gaining his trust while training him for their 90-day “Extreme Mustang Makeover” challenge. And, of course, she includes all the emotional and dramatic ups and downs in between!
After you check out Summer’s story, be sure to take a peek at the inspiring runner-up stories that also each scored $500* for their efforts. These adventures include tales such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, taking a cruise as Hurricane Sandy hit, falling in love in Costa Rica, a family setting sail for the first time, and one woman’s seven months spent traveling the world. You won’t want to miss them!
- Click here to see a story from Mike_aidala about a personal adventure that ended with a twist.
- Click here to see a story from LookySquares about a journey of 2,176 miles through 14 states over six months, all with two pairs of shoes and a self-proclaimed “horrible beard.”
- Click here to see story from jsisting1 on some amazing travels from 2012, including Indonesia, Brazil, India and Peru.
- Click here to see story from MIST50 about her first-ever cruise, which she received as a 50th birthday gift from her sister, plus their ensuing adventure through nine states.
- Click here to see story from melody_hill about a sailing trip, which turned out to be a bonding experience for the entire family.
These Stories illustrate just how well Photobucket enables you to create and share your personal narratives using our exciting new Story platform.
So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to start thinking about your own life adventures and all the stories you’ll want to capture, create and share of your greatest moments in pictures, text and video. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
*Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with Official Rules.
That’s right – you read it correctly. We’re giving our fabulous
Photobucket fans a chance to showcase their creativity in our “Life’s
an Adventure” contest for an opportunity to win $25,000 (and just in
time for the holidays, too!).
Participating is easy; simply submit your entry in ‘Photobucket
Story’ form via Photobucket.com/StoryContest for
consideration. Entries are being accepted now through December 9, and they will
be judged on a combination of creativity, adherence to a theme and social
engagement. Winners will be announced on December 14.
Haven’t heard about our new Photobucket Stories yet? Stories
allows you to easily create and collaborate on living stories by inviting
friends and family to contribute photos, video and text to a single, sharable
canvas. Once Stories are created, they are easily embeddable on blogs, personal
and brand sites, and can be shared among friends from mobile devices or across
Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
To understand how Stories works, and to prepare for your contest
entry, you can see some examples of recent Stories created on Photobucket here:
- A Postal Love Story: Storybook style
story of topical event happening in a Denver Neighborhood
- Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto! (Japan 2012): A travel journal
of an adventure in Japan
- Island Life: Outer Hebrides, Scotland: An exploration of
Outer Hebrides, Scotland
what are you waiting for? Chronicle and share your most interesting exploits
for an opportunity to win $25,000. Happy snapping, sharing and storytelling!
Large or small, we wanted a place to celebrate photos of the things that
make us happy, so welcome to PBLoves. It’s our collection of the
Photobucket staff’s favorite photographs, snapshots and memories put together
to inspire you. Find the most popular PB Lovespictures and themed categories we’ll share on a daily
Contribute to a category, whether you are touched by celebrating Happy Birthdays, taking a step into NewBeginnings, or traveling around the virtual globe in
WorldlyTravels. Whatever pictures reflect your passion, we’re
sure you’ll find a corresponding PB Loves category to explore.
After you dive into the photo gallery, we want to see the stories within your
Photobucket Library come to life on PB Loves! Start with a photo collage to
display all the images you love.
Creating a collage with
Photobucket’s online photo editor is easy; just check out the collagetutorial for a
quick how-to. Discover your artistic side by adding a background, color-altering
filters, stunning photo effects, quotes and fun overlays to your favorite
photos. And your options with the “add image” feature don’t stop there. Try
adding a watermark logo to a photo image, too!
Once you create your photo collage, you
can share across your social networks and/or download and print your favorites.
Here’s to taking our hats (rather, sunglasses!) off to creativity and showing
the world what PB Loves!
World Leader in Photo and Video Sharing Selected to be Part of Windows 8 Launch
Denver, CO. – Feb. 29, 2012 – Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, today announced that it is one of an exclusive group of companies hand-selected by Microsoft Corp. to be part of the launch of the new Windows Store for Windows 8 apps.
“Once installed, the Photobucket App and Windows 8’s Metro style user interface provide a powerful way to showcase Photobucket’s functionality combined with the key features of the Windows 8 operating system. As part of the launch of the Windows Store, Photobucket will be able to deliver access to a leading platform for saving, sharing, and socializing photos and videos to Windows 8,” said Tom Munro, CEO of Photobucket.
The Photobucket app was specifically designed for the touch-driven Windows Metro style user interface and includes the following features:
- Category browsing and full search of the nearly 10 billion photos hosted on Photobucket.com
- Photobucket’s full album and photo management experience through a new user interface optimized for Metro style
- Ability to capture and upload photos directly from Windows 8-based PCs
- Integration with Windows 8 File Picker, giving consumers easy access to Photobucket images for general platform use
- Social features, including commenting, liking, and sharing out
“With its extensive user base and rich feature set for managing photos and video, Photobucket was a natural choice for the Windows Store preview,” said Aidan Marcuss, senior director of Windows Core Marking and Ecosystem at Microsoft. “We are extremely pleased to have them as an app in the photos category.”
The new Photobucket App for Windows 8 is available to those who have downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, at no cost, in the Windows Store.
Photobucket is the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service. With over 100 million registered members, Photobucket users upload over four million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices. Photobucket hosts, preserves and protects photos and videos while bringing members the very best browsing, sharing and editing experiences. In addition to uploading and sharing with friends and family on the Photobucket site, users can also instantly share memories across all of the most popular social networks, instant messenger applications, through email, and from their mobile phones. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver, Colorado with a regional office in San Francisco, California.
For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket press blog at http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.
To create a free Photobucket account, users can visit http://photobucket.com, or find the Photobucket Mobile Application and Snapbucket app available in the app store on all major smartphone platforms. Photobucket supports Mobile Web, iPhone, Android based devices, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7.
Did you miss Tom Munro’s live interview with Inc.com on Wednesday, October 26? Tom sat down in the hot seat to field questions from Inc.com viewers to talk about the future of online phone and video storage management and how he and the Photobucket team are always updating the user experience to address and anticipate users’ needs and to make sure each experience is optimal.
For those of you not familiar with the Inc.com interview series, every Wednesday Inc does a live chat with CEOs to discuss their business and allow viewers to ask questions of CEOs. In addition to talking about the industry as a whole, Tom recapped some of the recent Photobucket stats and they are truly unbelievable – if we do say so ourselves. We host 9 billion photos – the nearest dedicated photo sharing competitor is Flickr who hosts 5 million photos to put it in perspective. We serve 3 billion photos a day and receive 65 million unique visitors to our Web site each month. A big thank you to our users who are just as passionate about photos as we are!
For those of you that missed the chat, we have summarized Tom’s interview and included a few highlights below:
How did you reinvigorate the culture at Photobucket?
This was certainly my #1 challenge – culture is always hard to change and it takes dramatic effort and action. I changed about half the team in order to reinvigorate our culture and made sure that every employee understood the Photobucket vision and what we want to convey around the user experience. We are all very passionate about what we do and truly have the desire to drive Photobucket to the next level.
Where do you see photo hosting in 5 years?
Right now, a huge number of photos are being uploaded to Facebook each day. But what’s important to note is that most people don’t upload ALL of their photos to Facebook, it’s only the few they want to share with everyone. And Facebook isn’t the only social network where people are uploading photos. Google+ and other sites are starting to become more popular. The common theme here is that users don’t have one place where all their photos reside and that is what Photobucket is trying to resolve. We are the place to store and have a record of ALL your memories through photos and videos.
How do you differentiate from Flickr?
We want photo storing and sharing to be free to a majority of our users – so that we can be the place where it’s easy and free to store all of your photos and videos.
Are there any challenges with Photobucket’s business model?
Really the most challenging part is balancing the user experience and the ads. The ads are what drive revenue for our site and allow us to keep accounts free, but I have had to pull down some ads in the past that have hurt our user experience. Our first goal is create a great user experience and to keep the site mainly free.
Remember, these are just the highlights from the interview – make sure to watch the whole video when you have a moment. You can hear more about why Tom thinks he should really be a scientist and how he can speak fluent Japanese. We also have many exciting products coming out over the next few months, so make sure to check back soon. We are confident our users will be really excited!