First Photobucket decides that folks who have used their service for years for free should all of a sudden pay, breaking thousands of photo links across the net. One of the buckets alternatives (for me) was postimg.org, now that domain has disappeared and all the photo's associated with along it.
"postimg.ORG domain is locked by Registry, no prior notice.
While we hope to resolve the issue, we chose postimg.CC as our new home.
Please update codes embedded in your websites."
So if you see folks talking about images that don't appear in their posts, now you know they haven't lost their mind.
I believe this kind of thing will happen more-and-more with Cloud based services. After all, most of them are free, so use at your own risk.
People need to learn that when you put something in the Cloud you no longer have any control over it.
This I know, however when you advertise to be the place for free third party hosting for many years like photobucket did then all of a sudden try to extort money for the same service rendering thousands of photo links useless unless you pay, well I have a right to complain, not that it will get me anywhere. All of my photo's are backed up on my PC, but it still stinks.
Postimg.org seemed to be a good working alternative for sharing our photos but alas, another one sort of bites the dust, they changed their domain, so up until the change all photo's not do not exist in the forums, not even a broken link, just blank space on posts that use to have a photo.
As the saying goes, 'it is what it is' and I won't lose any sleep over it but it still sucks.
I agree there's nothing fair (dare I say moral and honest) in what they did. They just seen another money flow they could tap and no law to stop them. But as far as I know they are free to change the rules anytime they want.
Kind of how credit card companies and banks send you notices about the "agreement" changes.
When Photobucket pulled its shenanigans I pulled all my images out of there and moved them to Imgur. Compared to Imgur, Photobucket is small potatoes, if Alexa rankings are to be believed. If I recall correctly Photobucket was in the top 2500. Imgur was 11th.
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