I’ve only been dealing with this Photobucket fiasco for a few days now and I’m already done. Done with Photobucket but also with the comments about “you get what you pay for”.
Okay, STOP for just a damn minute.
Photobucket has been free to use for a very long time; I’ve been using it for 11 years now. If they had offered something that appealed to me, I would have been more than happy to pay for it. But since I started using PB, I’ve only accumulated less than 3,000 photos which is a damn lot for me, but nothing compared to what others have collected. I had a whole 1.4 GB used of a 2.1 GB available to me through the free service. And yes, it was free for me, but don’t for one fucking second think that PB was doing this out of the goodness of their hearts–they made money or they would not have offered the service. They receive money by the way of ad revenue and based on the amount of ads that were constantly popping up in my face, they weren’t doing that bad in terms of advertising dollars.
The garbage part of this whole deal is that there was no notice, no option for something affordable or month to month, and now, no way to get back the pictures that have been locked down. Skimming through some of the WP blogs, I saw someone note something that I had not thought about: $400 per year doesn’t guarantee you anything. If you want to be able to 3rd party host, you have to pay the $400. Some people would do it, I’m sure, if they had the need for the enormous amount of storage being provided at that rate. However, what’s to say that $400 is going to buy you a year of service? The giant exodus from PB makes many wonder if they’re going to be around in another month, let alone a year. So $400 is the ransom that some people are having to cough up.
The other thing that is a serous pain in the ass for me is that you cannot download folders of gifs from PB. Folders that have jpg and certain other picture formats can be downloaded as a whole and is actually pretty darn convenient. But, if you have jpg mixed with gif in a folder, then the downloaded folder will only have the jpg files. All gif files have to manually downloaded. I’m glad I didn’t put any video on there; I’d probably still be working on it.
As of today, I’ve finally finished downloading all of my pictures from PB and deleted my account. It takes a day or two for it to completely shut down though, just in case I go bonkers and decide to cough up the annual fee. There were plenty of pictures that were not even accessible to me, but I did get most of them out. The thought of organizing them on my own computer is daunting and I’m seriously struggling if I even want to go back and put pictures back into 11 years worth of blog posts. Maybe I’ll just do my usual stupid photos and gifs going forward and pretend the last 11 years never happened.
But probably not. I’ll probably just be real pissy and bitchy about it and restore all of my posts.