Forget about Flickr, PhotoBucket reigns supreme
What's the biggest photo site around? It's not Flickr, Yahoo Photos, Kodak Gallery, Snapfish, or any other site you've likely heard of. Instead, research firm Hitwise reports, it's PhotoBucket, a free service favored by MySpace users. PhotoBucket accounted for 44 percent of all U.S. Web traffic to photo websites, according to Hitwise's analysis. Yahoo Photos ran a distant second at 18 percent, and Flickr ranked sixth with 6 percent. MySpace provided 56 percent of PhotoBucket's traffic, which accounted for its rapid rise this year. "Amazing," says Om Malik at GigaOm, noting that Flickr's vaunted Ajax programming techniques didn't win it more traffic. "Success has nothing to do with Ajax or cool stuff. It has everything to do with simplicity and giving users what they want."
Which photo site do you prefer?
I actually prefer Smugmug. Its inteface is superior to Yahoo! Photos, Snapfish, and Ofoto. I also consider it superior to Flickr.
Smugmug is way better than all of the other sites.
I use Photobucket for all blog/journal posting links and so does every other personal blogger I know. The traffic numbers speak more to the use of Photobucket by the bloggers and the number of hits their blogs get, not so much whether Photobucket is preferred in general. Just one blog entry with multiple pics hosted on PB translates into an exponentially larger number of hits with each view and comment on that one entry. I would prefer SmugMug for photo album sharing among family because it is prettier, interface is better, and guests don't need to sign up to view, but SmugMug doesn't have a free option.
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