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Subject:Oh joy...
Time:12:14 am
Flickr free accounts are going to be limited to 1000 images from January 8th. If you have more than 1000 you won't be able to add more. Then on February 5th they delete your oldest pictures until there are 1000 left. The alternative is to switch to the pro version, at $49.99 a year (30% off if you switch this month), which leaves you with unlimited storage. And I suspect that the price won't hold for more than a year or two. Their claim is that most people with free accounts have less than 1000 pictures, which I suspect means that there are a lot of people with very small numbers who signed up then never really did much, then a smaller number of enthusiasts who have lots. E.g. I have over 2000 and would not describe myself as an incredibly active photographer.

It's not quite as bad as Photobucket, but the speed of the change is really annoying.

Not quite decided what to do next - my inclination is to go pro for a year while exploring other options, but it seems likely that the end of free photo hosting is nigh.

Any suggestions?

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gonzo21
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Time:2018-11-03 12:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the era of free hosting is apparently over. I fear it will just drive more and more people to just use Facebook/Instagram.
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ffutures
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Time:2018-11-03 05:18 pm (UTC)
Pretty much my feeling - I can sort of justify it as a business expense, so I'll probably go pro.
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ffutures
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Time:2018-11-03 05:28 pm (UTC)
and it's a MUCH better deal than bloody Photobucket.
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gonzo21
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Time:2018-11-03 07:34 pm (UTC)
I can't say I'm surprised though, all these companies started out somehow thinking they could make money from nothing. And then they couldn't.
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whswhs
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Time:2018-11-03 02:42 pm (UTC)
How many photos could you store on a terabyte external drive?
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ffutures
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Time:2018-11-03 05:20 pm (UTC)
say 5mb per file - 200-odd per gigabyte - so 200 thousand-ish.
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kaffyr
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Time:2018-11-03 06:05 pm (UTC)
It's odd that I should see this today.

I just answered another friend's comment about her Photobucket-hosted icons, and in checking back with Photobucket (which I no longer use), I discovered that Photobucket appears to have learned from its mistake, and is offering 25 gigs (about 2,500 pics, per Photobucket) for between $4.03 and $4.48 per month, depending on whether you pay monthly or annually. It offers larger storage plans, going up to 1 terabyte for between $10 and $11 a month. They claim that would be about 100,000 photos.

From what my friend said, it appeared that Photobucket was allowing third-party hosting from her free account, but with a watermark on the images. The watermark-free options were what I mentioned above.

In all, it seems that Photobucket didn't get the large-scale business patronage it presumably had hoped to get when it embarked on its greedapalooza policy. It thus had to come up with the kind of plan it should have come up with in the first place.

Me, I've found a method to use Google Drive as a free third-party hosting platform (I pinned the way to do it at the top of my journal), so even with Photobucket's more reasonable plans in place, I'm not going back to them. Others' mileage may vary, of course.


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ffutures
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Time:2018-11-04 09:03 am (UTC)
It's WAY too late for me to go back to Photobucket - I deleted my account and ruined hundreds of web pages etc., put in a lot of work sorting things out, and I simply don't trust them any more - and hated their site even before that because of all the crappy popups etc. And it sounds like their prices work out about a dollar less than Flickr annually. I am vindictive enough that I will stay well clear.
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kaffyr
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Time:2018-11-04 03:06 pm (UTC)
Indeed, and understood. I don't think Photobucket will ever get back the numbers that they alienated. I'm one of the departed that don't plan to return.
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