TinyPic is a photo and video sharing service, owned and operated by Photobucket.com,that allows users to upload, link and share, images and videos on the Internet. The idea is similar to URL shortening in which each uploaded image is given a relatively short internet address. An account is not required to use TinyPic.
TinyPic allows the upload and hosting of JPEG (jpg), png, gif, and tiff files. Images that are larger than 1600 pixels (either in width or height) are automatically resized to the largest acceptable size while maintaining their original aspect ratio. The site requires a CAPTCHA to be filled in each time an image is uploaded.
TinyPic does not accept standard-definition video files which are larger than 500 Megabytes in size or longer than 15 minutes in length. Videos longer than 15 minutes are truncated to 15 minutes. Users can also upload high definition videos as long as they are no larger than 500 Megabytes in size and no longer than 5 minutes in length. TinyPic officially accepts the uploading of videos in the following video formats: 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, 3p, asf, avi, divx, dv, dvx, flv, moov, mov, mp4, mpe, mpeg4, mpeg, mpg4, mpg, qt, rm, wmv, and xvid and generally users are unable to upload all but the most unusual formats.
One of the main criticisms people have with TinyPic is that uploaded images usually get deleted within a few days or weeks resulting in any post or website that has used TinyPic to display a picture not found error message.
On September 23, 2010 TinyPic announced without warning that they are no longer accepting uploads from “international locations” (i.e. locations outside of the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and others) and that all links are turned off. A reason for this has not been provided. However, the services appear to have been restored to their former state.