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The unfortunate part, though, is that internet users have for the past 14 years overwhelmingly used Photobucket to host images on fora like this one, blogs, etc. for educational and informative purposes.
All of those posts are now, essentially, "broken," with been-there-for-up-to-fourteen-years photos gone, unless that particular user was one of the few who decided to pay Photobucket's $400 annual ransom.
This is a good example of how the internet is terrible as an archival medium when compared to, say, a library. In one fell swoop of Photobucket's higher-ups, think of how much information has now been effectively removed from the "library" of the internet.
I'm not sure I see how this ends well for anyone, honestly. I don't think Photobucket is going to convince many people to subscribe this way-- they'll just switch over to flickr or imgur instead (or host the photos themselves-- a Squarespace site is a quarter the annual fee and you get your own URL, besides)!
brad allen williams