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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2017, 12:44:28 PM »

Have to agree with Sean, 15 years free service isn't bad.
Companies are in business to make money after all.
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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2017, 06:14:39 PM »

Have to agree with Sean, 15 years free service isn't bad.
Companies are in business to make money after all.

But thy do make money, loads of it, and these so called free services are used to generate traffic and web presence. In a similar way I guess Navitron supply the forum to us lot for "free" because goo88le notice all the traffic we generate and so the profile goes up, it is part of Navitrons advertising spend which is fine.

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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2017, 07:43:39 PM »



But thy do make money, loads of it ....

That's twice you've made that point, would you mind posting the source of your info please ?

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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2017, 08:05:26 PM »

It's pretty common knowledge that the giants like G**gle, FACEB**K , and etc make a pretty penny for their web services, and incidentally are somewhat cagey about where exactly they make their money and hence pay much less tax than maybe they ought to. stir

 Photobucket are much smaller for sure but with a hundred million subscribers and a subscription tally that starts at 30 bucks a year and  up to four hundred a year you ain't gonna tell me they don't make plenty.
I don't have a problem with that, I just think it is a little miserly that they are going to do away with all free hosting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photobucket

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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2017, 08:26:02 PM »



 Photobucket are much smaller for sure but with a hundred million subscribers and a subscription tally that starts at 30 bucks a year and  up to four hundred a year you ain't gonna tell me they don't make plenty.


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« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2017, 10:09:32 PM »

I like imgur, its not as good as it was but it still does the job
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« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2017, 10:55:06 PM »

It's pretty common knowledge that the giants like G**gle, FACEB**K , and etc make a pretty penny for their web services, and incidentally are somewhat cagey about where exactly they make their money and hence pay much less tax than maybe they ought to. stir

 Photobucket are much smaller for sure but with a hundred million subscribers and a subscription tally that starts at 30 bucks a year and  up to four hundred a year you ain't gonna tell me they don't make plenty.
I don't have a problem with that, I just think it is a little miserly that they are going to do away with all free hosting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photobucket

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Regardless of what the giants are doing Photobucket is a failing micro service. It does not publish much detail, but the 100M user claim is from way back and in the past they never deleted inactive accounts so the number just kept rising. There have also never declared how many of their users were using anything other than their free service.

To get an idea of just how bad the company is doing you just need to look at stats from the Alexa ranking system. As images from Photobucket were/are linked across the web the site should generate very public access history, such as the following

   http://www.rank2traffic.com/photobucket.com

So with the massive growth of internet traffic over the last 8 years, Photobucket has grown from 433M sessions a month to 36M. Its worth noting that around the time of the 400M sessions per month it was sold (in a fire sale) for just $60m. the ranking table also shows the slide - from the 38th most visited site back in 2009 to the 1000th odd.


You just need to compare Photobucket to Imgur which started up about 8 years ago.

   http://www.rank2traffic.com/imgur.com

It's not hard to see where Photobucket's business(and much of Flickr's) went.
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« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2017, 09:28:12 AM »

Aye RIT,
        That is quite interesting. I note that the final graph seems family orientated with 170,000 pics/customers. Yet all this is down to management and being quick to seize the opportunity in the modern market.
The folks that paid the big money on the companies first sale never seemed to get it up and running and then along comes some other company and buys it for a song,, a 60 million song. It would be interesting again to see of the second owner who suffered a loss of 290million is still operating and wrote off that loss in it,s tax returns.None of this information is readily available but deals like that and much much bigger are going down all the time, even the most famous or infamous (,which every way you look at it) president of the US is supposed to be an expert in such financial wizardry.
  The bottom line is,,,,,One is free and the other is looking for 400.00. I am deeply in love with the first and stick out my tongue at the second,,However and however, If someone has 15 years of photographic history floating in Photobucket, I can understand the determination to justify payment but somehow, I would also find the time to download as much of the important stuff as possible before making my exit. Perhaps it is a management problem. Postimage updated their site and posted us a short explanation of what was going on in the world of copyrights etc. Thankfully, It is still free.
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2017, 09:51:37 AM »

Aye RIT,
The folks that paid the big money on the companies first sale never seemed to get it up and running and then along comes some other company and buys it for a song,, a 60 million song.

The first purchaser was MySpace, which at the time was owned by News Corp (i.e. Murdoch and co). This in its self was a screwed up mess as they purchased MySpace in 2005 for $580M and then sold it on for around $35m in 2011 as it lost to Facebook. MySpace also shows the lack of value in quoting account numbers as they had the details of 360m accounts leaked in 2016 after a hack, so lots of accounts but limited income per account. Just before the hack MySpace and its parent company was sold for around $87m to Time Inc, reports at the time stated that the whole of the MySpace group generated  "well in excess" of $100 million in digital advertising revenue for the year.
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2017, 10:00:48 AM »

12 rounds of VC from folks convincing each other that PB is the next global cashcow can help paint a very rosy (but fake) financial picture.
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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2017, 04:42:08 AM »

Anyone else having trouble downloading their albums from Photobucket?
I have tried with windows 7 & 10 with firefox with and without the ad blocker switched on.
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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2017, 01:49:02 PM »

and its rendered a lot of the old threads on here useless now without the pics, like Frotters for example.
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« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2017, 11:10:09 PM »

Yeah this sucks balls!
I have so many pics linked to PB on here.....
Going to try and move them - not very optimistic.    fume

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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2017, 12:29:17 AM »

Pfff...! started very slowly going thru my posts to change the links to me Dropbox account. Be finished around Chrimble I reckon.   tumble

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« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2017, 06:39:36 AM »

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A real pleasure to see you ! Grin

Agree a total pain in the a*se!

There must be another way!
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