Photobucket commits Corporate Suicide

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Bt Doctur, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. boatman37

    boatman37 Active Member

    896
    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    very slow and about 10 ads pop up each time. i cringe every time i have to go to their site. mine is still working and is 3% full
     
  2. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    yes I hate their website loading junk...


    just found my start date....

    Account TypeFree — Get More Storage
    Member SinceSep 29th, 2005


    Total Files Uploaded396




    Read more: http://photobucket.com#ixzz4m0P5uV00
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2017
  3. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Hmmm. OK, so it's not a % thing.

    Yes, lot's of ads.

    I guess, in the grand scheme of things, how much can we complain? I mean, it has been free for a long time. Can't really complain too much when it's free. But it is certainly a bit of a pain in the butt to have to try and move all those photos somewhere else. And the price they want to charge is just ridiculous. I could understand charging a few bucks a month - maybe $5. But they're absolutely out of their mind with what they're proposing. Maybe they're just testing the waters to see how many people bite.

    So far, so good, though:

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  4. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    Well I got my download and when I went back to try it again it said no longer available. So now I`m moving the files to my docs and renaming them. Thats going to be a chore.
    [​IMG]
    be a dying shame to lose these, I was in the rear seat
     
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  5. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

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    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    wow !!
     
  6. Westie

    Westie Active Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Calgary
    2001 260 Sundancer towed with the power of an IFORCE V8
    7.4 L Bravo III
    Well looks like I spoke too soon. Got an email from them last night and today all photos are blocked.
    Time to change to a new photo hosting site, anyone know any good ones?
     
  7. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Testing new (to me) site for my photos.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc

    I'm hacked now also. sad
     
  9. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    thanks!

    [​IMG]
     
  10. saopm

    saopm Member

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    Oct 6, 2010
    North Fork - Long Island, NY
    2007 340 Sundancer
    Mercury 8.1s Inboards
    How do you get the pic form one drive to display? When I add the [​IMG] it doesn't display. Not sure if it is a setting I have to chang.
     
  11. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    I am not sure what happened at Photobucket, but there must have been another leadership or ownership change. I believe its still owned by Private Equity funds. Ontella has had a large stake in them for a while since 2009, but I believe they may be cashing out. If its in a 10yr Fund that timing would make sense.

    This is a Harvard Business school case for the future. Like a Smith Corona or Kodak case study (or ironically like MySpace, one of the early owners of Photobucket).

    I would like to have been a fly on the wall in the Photobucket board room when this business model change was put forward. Here is my screenplay:

    • Some "past its due date" executive or new PE Board member (that thinks they are in tune with tech disruption because they read an article in the Economist), saying "this is what we are going to do". The idea was floated earlier, but none of the smart minds in the company ever thought it would actually be proposed.
    • A whole bunch of younger brilliant young tech execs in the company sitting in the meeting trying to figure out how to stop the train from going over the edge. Most of them trying to express their concern in that civilized board room way (while thinking in the back of their mind where to send their resume later that day). They give up arguing, and turn the focus in their heads to where the can find a company that has vision that goes forward in time, and not backwards.
    • A couple of them, that have been around longer and are passionate and heavily personally and probably financially invested, and have a vision for how to make it work, probably pound the table for a while, and then walk out in disgust, saying "Fine. You own the place, you call the shots."
    • With all of the dissension now quiet, the execs straighten their suits and, say. "Well, now that we have agreement, how do you think we should roll this out?".
    • The only ones in the board room that are not mentally "checked out" are the "yes men and women" that follow these execs and PE team around and would not disagree with them no matter what. Their careers are based not on the success of the companies, but on following along behind the execs and being loyal. Because they always agree with the executives, they are perceived to be brilliant by those same executives.
    • And that group comes up with this brilliant model and roll out strategy.


    Thank the Good Lord that I am not invested in whatever fund is holding Photobucket now. They just took a major hit.

    I remember way back when the internet first was rolled out from just being government and universities. I thought, who is going to pay for all of this infrastructure? Companies wont do that, they have no need for the internet.

    Then when Google, Altavista, and search engines started out, I thought -- How can they pay for all of this? They don't charge anything for it.

    Then in the early years of Amazon, I thought - this is crazy. They don't make any money. They will never survive.

    The owners of Photobucket need to be truly smart. There is a disruptive business model out there that could have capitalized on the huge enormous asset that was the formerly loyal non-paying customer base they had. Stay tuned. I think that there is a major shake up at Photobucket that will come out once they convince or get rid of those "past due date" leaders. It may be too late. But maybe not.

    And last point in this rant. I have deleted my Photobucket content and account. I do not want to be counted in their "Subscriber count". Those same execs will be trying to defend their actions by saying that defection rates have only been XX% and they were non-paying anyway so no harm done. The more that do that the more their ad revenue will plummet. I am not trying to hurt them any more than they have done to themselves, just making a point early so there is a hope they find a better strategy.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2017
  12. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    Creekwood excellent, funny, and scary accurate write up there. You sure you don't work with me?

    Sent from my XT1575 using Tapatalk
     
  13. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Active Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    https://pix.sfly.com/pOiHii

    Using shutterfly.com now instead of photobucket. Tried to use "insert image" using "from URL" but after posting the URL from shutterfly.com there is a message "invalid file".

    So I decided to add the URL as a link (above) to see what that does...

    Oh, by the way, I used the "Insert Image icon using the URL" from shutterfly.com successfully with my signature photo. Why won't the same thing work for posting photos in the post itself?

    Any other suggestions for easy posting of photos for Mac users??
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2017
  14. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

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    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    Click on pic in One Drive to open pic
    click on the 3 dots ... to the right of Download on top of screen
    click View Original
    right click on pic and copy image

    paste to CSR

    there's my new friend behind us with the tan top sea ray at McKinley Marina :smt001

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    [​IMG]

    guess who the wife is
     
  18. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    Here is another and quicker way as I found some pix do not open under the View Original.

    [TABLE="width: 256"]
    [TR]
    [TD="colspan: 3"]Ck mark pic in upper right- do not open pic.[/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="colspan: 3"]click the ( i) circled in upper right[/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="colspan: 4"]rt click on pic and copy image-paste to sites.[/TD]
    [/TR]
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    [TD][/TD]
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    [/TR]
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    [​IMG]
     
  19. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    This sucks. It took me 2 months to figure out Photobucket. I just tried Shutterfly for my sig pic and no dice. Hopefully someone smarter than I will post a new thread dedicated to posting pictures on this site. And from the looks of all of the PB warnings on posts, I'm not alone in my ignorance. How 'bout it....any of you tech savvy members want to get something going for us older dudes?
     

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