Photobucket-owned image hosting service Tinypic just killed off its service to all international users. According to reports, users in countries other than US, UK, Canada and Australia are now seeing the above message.
From what we’re seeing on various blogs, users both restricted and unrestricted are unhappy about the move calling for a Tinypic boycott, suggesting alternate services such as imgur as well as figuring out a work around way to get access to previously uploaded photos.
From our tipster:
“We just lost access to over 6,500 images that users were posting to our forum (19,000+ members)… all of them international users (spanish speaking).. Argh.. Those images are no longer viewable to them.”
We’ve contacted Tinypic for more info and will update this post when they respond.
Update: While no one from Tinypic or parent company Photobucket has responded to our emails, another tipster reports that Tinypic is mysteriously back up for Spanish and possibly other users:
“People are Tweeting the same thing … Did Tinypic change their minds? Are they going to roll out a plan this time hopefully altering everyone in advance; like they should have in the first place.”
We’ve just sent another request for info and will keep updating as we hear more news.
Tinypic is a fast, simple and reliable video and image hosting site that you can use to share your experiences. There is no registration or log-in required, simply submit your picture or video. That makes it the perfect site for linking to MySpace.com®, eBay®, Orkut scrapbooks, message boards, forums, blogs, journals, e-mail, IM, and other websites. Best of all: it’s FREE! How it works is you upload your video or image and we provide you with a simple URL (e.g. http://tinypic.com/1)...
As of December 2009, Photobucket, Inc. merged with Onatela, Inc. Together, Photobucket and Ontatela formed the Photobucket Corporation. Photobucket, Inc. operates a photo and video-sharing site that enables users to browse, save, and share photos and videos. It also enables users to upload, link, and find photos, videos, and graphics; search for videos and images in its library; and access albums on mobile phones. In addition, the company’s services include photo, video, and album sharing by email, instant messaging,...