Getting an Account
Revision as of 8/20/08
Like most companies, PhotoBucket continues to modify its site and procedures. Sometimes these changes are good - sometimes they fall flat. PhotoBucket has added a section to the sign up that can be very confusing. If a cellphone is entered in the information request on the first page a countdown timer appears with jargon about upgrading an account. If this button is pushed, the cell phone is charged for a paid account. If no cell phone number is entered in the first request - the upgrade jargon still appears but with no timer and a second request for a cell phone number. This new information nearly obscures the small text link to the free account at the top of the page.
In addition to this sign up change, PhotoBucket has been the victim of several hacker attacks recently. These events were met with nearly complete silence on the part of PhotoBucket and left users scrambling to find any valid information on the events and what information might have been compromised. This is a real concern to be considered before signing up for an account.
- Simple to use
- New Sign Up is Confusing and Very Unprofessional
- Free and paid accounts available
- Codes for linking to email, blogs, and forums easily accessed
- Automatic resizing options
- Ability to make album private
- Ability to create folders to better organize images
- Lack of constructive response to recent hacking attacks puts security in question
- Some images on front page under "most popular" may not be family friendly
- Amount of personal information collected
- Only one free account per email address
- Lots of ads on free accounts
Overall, PhotoBucket is one of the easiest photo-sharing sites to use and certainly worth a try.