Photobucket Opens API

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Photo- and video-sharing site Photobucket has joined the long list of Web-based services that have opened their programming APIs so third party developers can create applications that leverage Photobucket’s content and millions-strong online community. Photobucket has launched a new developer site for documentation and supporting materials, and announced list of initial developers including Adobe, AOL, SnapVine, and RockYou, and the company has also launched an Application Gallery that includes applications from TiVo, Eye-Fi, Blurb, and Flektor.

"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 Photobucket president Alex Welch, in a statement. "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."

The Photobucket API enables developers to log in to Photobucket accounts, create and manage media albums, and upload new content to the service. In addition, developers can tap into media’s metadata, search publicly-available content, and share album content via email. Photobucket is offering a free non-commercial API option with open registration; developers looking to build a commercial service can sign up for unlimited traffic and bandwidth for their application, assuming Photobucket approves its business plan. Signups are open now at the Photobucket developer site.