For those who don't know what Isao Kronos it talking about, back in late June/early July, Photobucket
decided to ax support for external linking for free and Pro users alike. This decision was made because the site was losing money -- and a lot of it! Since then, free and Pro users' linked images have been replaced with something along these lines:
Following the URL in the image leads to a new payment plan page. This new plan -- which is completely independent from the previous "Pro" plan -- allows users to link and display their images on the web from Photobucket
... for about $400.00 USD annually.Photobucket
did this with very little warning, sending out e-mails to everyone only after the fact. Amusingly (or frustratingly), some mail services (like GMail
) recognized the e-mail as junk mail
and some people never got it, to begin with -- myself, included. Luckily, I'd already migrated elsewhere years prior since the redesigned interface wasn't working for me. But, I digress.
The point of this (currently unsanctioned) PSA is to warn and/or remind users that Photobucket
is no longer allowing external linking of image
. I'm also not sure they're allowing users to use pass-through links (posting URLs instead of IMGs) but I haven't tried. So, for now, it's probably best that you guys find alternate image hosting sites such as the aforementioned Imgur
, or other sites which allow external linking.