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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Photobucket Released API To Build New Applications

Photobucket today announced the broad release of the site’s application programming interface (API), which will empower Web developers around the world to build new applications based on Photobucket’s popular digital media sharing technology. The API and supporting materials will be available starting today from the new developer section on the Photobucket site.

The release of the Photobucket API enables developers to give users access to their photos and videos from places beyond Photobucket.com, including other Web sites, Web applications, desktop applications, browser plug-ins, mobile phones, home-entertainment systems, digital photo frames and cameras.

“We are excited to invite a world of talented developers to extend our photo and video platform and tap into the tremendous creativity and passion of our users,” said Alex Welch, president, Photobucket. “Photobucket pioneered the ability for people to link and share photos and videos -- whether on blogs, social networks or auction sites -- and the broad release of our API makes it possible to create entirely new media experiences on the Web and on devices of all kinds.”

Developers can use the API to create applications that will enable users to:

  • Securely log into Photobucket accounts
  • Create, edit and access albums
  • Upload new content to their albums (photos, images and videos)
  • Share content from albums via email
  • Search through publicly available content on Photobucket
  • Access and update metadata (titles, descriptions, tags, etc.)

Photobucket offers creative possibilities for developers of every kind – whether for personal or commercial pursuits. For anyone looking to get started immediately, Photobucket provides a non-commercial API option with open registration. For developers with an approved business plan for their application, Photobucket offers a commercial API opportunity with unlimited traffic and bandwidth. Developers can register for either option at the Photobucket developer site launched today.  

Initial developers, including Adobe, AOL, FotoFlexer, Intercasting, RockYou, Slide and Snapvine, will join Photobucket at its booth this week at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco to demonstrate a wide variety of applications they have created using Photobucket’s API.

Many more applications are featured in an Application Gallery launched today on the Photobucket Web site, including offerings from Blurb, Eye-Fi, Flektor and TiVo Inc. In addition to being a showcase for developers’ products, the Application Gallery makes it easy for Photobucket users to find and download applications and discover devices that support the API. Users can bookmark and share their favorite applications on their Photobucket profile, allowing other Photobucket users to try them out as well.

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