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Friday, September 10, 2010

Saving Photos and a Ribbon Tree for Froufrou Friday #6

Isn't this adorable? Well, read on.

Recently a blogger was lamenting that her photos on Photobucket were deleted because she had reached her limit. I mentioned that she could upgrade to PB's paid account. I did several years ago because I believe
nobody does it better than Photobucket. She asked why should she pay for something that is free. The answer was pretty obvious to me: you have unlimited photos for a $25 a year upgrade and they don't get deleted. You also have no ads, which is very important to me. I'm extremely visual and ads vie for my attention, and I like to stay focused on the task at hand. So I pay for the service of not seeing my photos deleted when I've reached the "free limit" of photos and not being distracted by ads.

But the biggest reason is something that happened to me about 5 or 6 years ago.

I joined an image hosting site recommended to me by a man who was making a template for me. It was Image Link or something like that. (It's been so long I've forgotten their name and I see one on the internet now, but it doesn't sound like the one I used unless it's been bought.) I really liked that site and entrusted my photos and icons for the template to them.

But one day my photos and icons wouldn't upload to my template for eBay. I was so ignorant about those kinds of things then, but have since diligently educated myself in the workings of computers and websites and HTML, etc. I contacted the owner who was doing this as a sideline and just happened to spend most of his time playing baseball! We emailed several times and he found out that the money he was paying to his server was not being paid to the place it should have been going. In other words, they went belly-up overnight. That cost thousands of us to lose our photos and icons overnight and to not be able to retrieve them. (I had deleted them from my Mac—stupidly, of course—so they were gone forever). The server was somewhere in Australia and there was nothing to be done about it here in the U.S. So I lost some valuable things, valuable to me anyway.

I then found Photobucket. I've been with them ever since. They've been extremely helpful to me and very reliable. Of course, I now save them on an external HD and on CDs so I doubt I'll ever have that problem again. Friends and others have recommended other sites: Picasa, Picnik, Picturetrail, Free Image Hosting, Webshots and a few others but I'll stay with PB. I like them and I don't think anyone does it better than they do. And I certainly should know.

So what's it worth to you to never lose your photos? For me, the $25.00 a year is one heck of a deal. I have nearly 7,000 photos on PB. That's not much by some standards but it sure is enough that I'd hate to lose them!

And I don't get paid one penny for saying these things! That's how much I love them.

I just couldn't resist! I had to make another ribbon tree. This one is smaller as I had to cut a branch off our dead pear tree. I love it, and it's for sale here.


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  1. Love your Ribbon Tree Connie!

    I so agree with you on Photobucket, Up until I got my own website up and running, I used photobucket 100% for my ebay listings... I now use my web hoster for my web photos, but would never close my Photo bucket account, I too think they have the best quality photos

    Happy weekend to you!~~

  2. Hi Connie! The ribbon tree is so sweet. I would have never thought of making something like it. I'm always amazed at the ideas I find on blogs!

    I have a FF Friday post... is there going to be a Mr. Linky?

    Thanks for hosting!

    Bella Rosa Antiques

  3. Very good advice on storing pictures! I use Flickr and backup on Memory Sticks and like you $25 is a more than fair price to pay for peace of mind and unlimited/forever storage space. One thing about your FrouFrou won't be shedding it's leaves when Fall comes. They are really cute and very FrouFrou!

  4. Good Morning Connie Sweetie...
    I am right there with you. I happily pay my $25.00 for Photobucket. They are the best, and like you said BIG and Reputable. I also do have an account with PicNik. I like some of the things over there as well. I do both but Photobucket is by far my fav.

    I love your ribbon tree. What a wonderful way to use up some of our little scraps of ribbons and rick racks. I love it, and it is SO colorful sweetie. Another job well done. I am clapping for you, so stand up and take a well deserved bow.

    Hope you have a beautiful Friday sweetie. I will see you for Pink Saturday. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

  5. I use Photobucket too. I love their editing software.

  6. What a cute little tree. It's so YOU! Thanks for the tip about Photobucket. It's amazing just how fast the pics can pile up when you are snapping away as often as we do.

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley

  7. This is so darn cute and sweet and fresh looking!
    You have such great ideas and I love the colors you layered together....

    I love PhotoBucket, too. I have used them from the beginning of my online journey with no problems....with the things I make, after they have sold I go in and delete all the extra pictures of the item and keep just one...that helps save room. I still have room, but am thinking of upgrading as I find those ads so annoying!!!!!
    Happy FrouFrou-ing...

  8. Wow - great info my sweet Connie! I just started using Picasa and enjoy playing there.

    Love your "trees!"


  9. Love, love, love the ribbon tree! I am trying to think about where I would put it. My project this fall is to declutter Mom's room now that she doesn't know she has stuff so I can get rid of the garbage (broken stuff) and put out cute stuff. I think my cousin is going to paint her walls for me and we are going to paint them pink! it will look really cute with the gray carpet, I think. I want her room to look adorable and reflect her now. She likes pink and frou frou stuff! So her room will be frou frou a lot. I will take pictures as it gets finished.

  10. Your little ribbon tree is really cute. Thanks for coming by and commenting on 911....Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Thank you for that great advice. I wish I was more computer savvy, but I am still holding on. I love your ribbon tree. That is a first for me.

  12. I love PB, too. Wonder what the free limit of photos is? I use several places actually.

    BTW, you ARE so beautiful but people DO listen to you, too!

    Have a great weekend. Hugs from me & Mum!

    Angelic Accents

  13. Sooooo cute !

    thanks for sharing !


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