Monday, August 21, 2017

If You're Wondering About the Stupid PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT Images

photobucket is hijacking embedded images

In case you're wondering why my old posts have a very ugly/stupid image at the bottom of many of my posts, it seems that Photobucket has decided to try and force users to update their accounts if we were using them to host images. Some are even calling it blackmail!

Originally, I thought I had made the mistake of trusting the photo hosting website, but it turns out that their newish owner decided to make a change AND TELL NO ONE ABOUT IT, except in how they hijacked the images on everyone and changed all embedded images to look like the above image in this post.

So much for my tiny social media images I was embedding from Photobucket. So much for all the avatars people were using wherever, and having Photobucket host. So much for any photo embedding.

A company called Ontela bought the company from News Corp in 2009, and on June 30, 2017, Ontela, I mean Photobucket delivered a f*-you message by now requiring a $99 annual subscription to allow external linking to hosted images and a $399 annual subscription to allow the embedding of images on third-party websites like blogs and forums.

I can't tell anyone what to do nor would I suggest what to do, but I know what I'm doing. I'm going to start verifying what images I have where, and deleting them, then dropping this now useless resource to me.

The Verge website calls this blackmail!
Here's a great Ghacks piece on it.

With that said, if you find yourself f!d, take a look at this list of Photobucket Alternatives that Ghack put together.

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Hi - sorry for the confirmation but I need to weed out the noise from the well intended comments. Thanks for leaving a note... - Bruce