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Photobucket to launch group albums

The News Corp.-owned photo-sharing site will let members collaborate on photo groups--something that most of its rivals already do.

Photobucket, the photo-sharing site that was acquired by News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media last year, is expected to launch a "group albums" feature on Wednesday.

"Group Albums are designed to offer a simple way for colleagues, friends, and families to collaborate on creating photos and video collections where the entire group can contribute, access, and enjoy them," Photobucket President Alex Welch explained in a statement Tuesday. Photobucket released its first developer application program interface (API) last month.

Basically, these are collaborative media-sharing albums much like the "groups" feature in Yahoo's Flickr. Photobucket's release suggests that they could be used to pool photos and videos of weddings, graduations, concerts, and the like. You could also create groups for pictures of dogs on skateboards, superhero-inspired Halloween costumes, or whatever else you might want, but keep in mind that Photobucket likes to keep things squeaky-clean.

Additional features of Photobucket's group albums, which have a 1GB storage limit, include the ability to subscribe to an RSS feed of updates, create a slideshow, and if you're the group owner, get e-mail notifications when new photos or video are added.

Group administrators also can create their own easy-to-remember URLs, for example,