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Photobucket boosts sharing features, mobile site

Photo site improves its sharing tools by partnering with Gigya. It's also revamped its slide show publishing and mobile site for WAP phones.

Photobucket has enhanced the way its users can publish photos and videos from its site to others, an activity its users use to post to more than 2.4 million different sites a day. Users now have the option to first resize a photo, then post it to 15 different social networks and blogging tools without leaving the sharing page. Authorizations to each site are now made in a pop-up window that is powered by Gigya.

Along with the sharing update, user slide shows have been tweaked to automatically update when new content is added to the source album. Previously, users would have to republish, and update the embed code, which was a bit of a hassle. The company has also updated its Facebook application to let users insert one of these directly into their Facebook profile.

With updates to its core site, Photobucket has also relaunched a new mobile version of its site for WAP phones that stretches and resizes images to match the handset's resolution. Each mobile photo page now shows any user comments and ratings. The mobile-friendly front page has also been reworked to displays more streams of information in a smaller amount of space, like the most viewed and highest rated images.

Although unrelated to today's news, I'm told HD video is well on its way to coming to Photobucket. As mentioned in a previous post, Photobucket-owned TinyPic, which serves as a testbed for experimental social and content features that trickle up to Photobucket introduced streaming HD video in late February. If it comes to Photobucket, expect it to be a feature aimed at the service's paying Pro users.

The new sharing options let you post to other social networks without leaving the page, using technology from Gigya. CNET Networks