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Tinypic Shutting Down
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on September 14, 2019, 9:06 pm NST

Just as a heads up, image host Tinypic is closing down on Monday, September 16th. If you have images hosted there for your lookup, gallery, or shop layouts, you will need to consider downloading backup copies and moving them to a new web source.

We currently recommend using Imgur as a replacement. (Photobucket is another option, but only if you're willing to pay for the service.)
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There are 34 comments below. Add yours!

catsrnice, September 14, 2019 11:22 PM NST
"photobucket is an option"

laughs because like 80% of images hosted on neo petpages now have "photobucket" watermarks on them.

My imgur pics from 5? years ago are still going strong though, a little bit suspicious how good of a service it's been.
avalerion, September 15, 2019 12:04 AM NST
Surprised it lasted this long
inkpot, September 15, 2019 12:59 AM NST
i honestly thought ppl stopped using years ago.

there was a time when uploaded images on would change out of nowhere to someone elses uploaded photo.... which i'm sure you could imagine not all were safe for neo. so your innocent drawing of your hissi would get swapped overnight with someones "selfie" if ya know what i mean and you'd be in deep doodoo on neo.

i stopped using it during that time after some of my own images were replaced with random pics.
inkpot, September 15, 2019 1:00 AM NST
oh excuse me. am i not allowed to say t i n y p i c, myself? all instances disappeared from my post.
anomally, September 15, 2019 4:11 AM NST
There's also postimage too.
yerimiese, September 15, 2019 4:59 AM NST
Imgur is life.
dark169, September 15, 2019 6:48 AM NST
(Photobucket is another option, but only if you're willing to pay for the service.)

So, you're saying Photobucket isn't an option.
fenix, September 15, 2019 7:37 AM NST
I wonder why all these image-hosting sites are just slowly disappearing or becoming paid service? Truly the end of an era to say the least. Imgur's are only hope.
dave - JN Staff, September 15, 2019 8:49 AM NST
@inkpot: Sorry, we probably blocked that phrase back in 2014 when we last posted a warning about Tinypic serving up porn instead of the images you uploaded 🙃
dave - JN Staff, September 15, 2019 8:50 AM NST
@fenix: Free image hosting is likely just a money pit. I'm not too surprised. I think it's just a matter of *when* for any given service...
_sissiy_sis_369, September 15, 2019 9:54 AM NST
But they already took it down.
ummy - JN Staff, September 15, 2019 10:16 AM NST
I was shocked to learn recently that Disney owns photobucket. Explains why it's not free anymore
ummy - JN Staff, September 15, 2019 10:19 AM NST
It's quite depressing how so much of Neopets user edited pages are now just covered in watermarks or outright broken images.
1jediboy, September 15, 2019 10:31 AM NST
DISNEY OWNS PHOTOBUCKET?! *suddenly is interested in buying it*
Is it an annual fee or one time purchase?
What are the rates?
I wanna fund the Disney-pocalypse!
nobody, September 15, 2019 11:58 AM NST
My images stopped working a few days ago. Does this mean there's still a chance to save them? How?
teleplay, September 15, 2019 1:01 PM NST
I've tried updating links to imgur but every time I save my petpage, the imgur links are -blocked-. Is that happening to anyone else?
catsrnice, September 15, 2019 2:14 PM NST
make sure the links are in img tags I guess. It works for me.
adventurer262, September 15, 2019 4:40 PM NST
I didnt even know this was happening....the internet's really changing, oof
cay, September 15, 2019 5:02 PM NST
I ended up using postimage. So sad about
cay, September 15, 2019 5:02 PM NST
Sad about tiny pic.
yekith, September 15, 2019 5:25 PM NST
I used another site that uploads to Imgur servers for the moment cause I can't see where Imgur itself offers direct image links. I mean, the .jpg (or whatever extension) links. A search told me they don't offer those, so how does it work for what we use them for? Or...if they do have that option...where?
yekith, September 15, 2019 5:39 PM NST
Postimage does look like good option (although always good to have more than one option just in case!)
forgottenbirthdays, September 15, 2019 5:40 PM NST
i downloaded my photobucket hosted images and when you download them they don't have that ugly watermark
that made it easy to reupload them to imgur
forgottenbirthdays, September 15, 2019 5:42 PM NST
on imgur if you right click on an image and click "open image in new tab" it will show you the direct link in the address bar
yekith, September 15, 2019 6:00 PM NST
Ahh thanks! I'm never sure if direct links will work when used when a site doesn't offer them as an "official" option, but good to know. Since they ask for phone number to make an account, I wanna be certain it has what I need before doing it.
alltimemarr, September 15, 2019 6:06 PM NST
You can just click on a photo in your imgur gallery and it will have several options to share the image. hTML or bbcode but also direct link.
tyuio_k50, September 15, 2019 6:37 PM NST
Yeah, I learned too late that they were shutting down and I didn't have any option to recover stuff I had uploaded as a non-registered :/

Some stuff is lost forever, unfortunately. I might be able to dig through cache and pull it out somewhere, but strange that they decided to purge images, THEN make it apparent that to non-frequent users that the date to save stuff had passed.
lisam2, September 15, 2019 8:19 PM NST
I would not suggest photobucket. Ive been using imgfly.me for over a year with not much problems. They are pretty quick to fix problems as they occur.

In fact this is in their TOS

We allow hot linking with all images. But websites who host their own image to use us as a CDN will be banned from our network. Remember that's service is provided with love and for free!
lisam2, September 15, 2019 8:19 PM NST
oh and also imgbox is another site that works well with neopets, and never had a problem with them
debgil, September 16, 2019 8:01 AM NST
I've been using the free version of cloudinary after photobucket went greedy.
dave - JN Staff, September 16, 2019 8:56 AM NST
@ummy: Photobucket isn't owned by Disney. Photobucket was briefly a Fox Interactive Media subsidiary for a few years (which was a part of Fox that Disney didn't buy) before being spun out to be its own company again.
1jediboy, September 16, 2019 12:08 PM NST
Awwwwww. Guess I’ll have to fund the Disney-pocalypse some other way.

*drinks vegan cheeseburger in a cup* 🥤
jcdiva7, September 16, 2019 4:39 PM NST
I use image shack...it costs $18.99 a year but it is worth it and I host a lot of images there
spicylife, September 19, 2019 3:15 PM NST
I prefer https://imgbb.com/ to imgur.

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