Pict.com Free Image Hosting Service

A picture is worth a thousand words, but you don’t want to go through too much hassle to share that picture. Many people don’t want to bother with overly robust interfaces, because all they want is a reasonably reliable place to stash photos that can then be shared with their friends and acquaintances online.

For those of you looking for a simple image hosting solution, you may want to have a look at Pict. As you’ll discover over the course of this review, Pict Image Hosting is about as clean and straightforward as it gets. Better still, it’s completely free.

Sharing Pictures Online for Free

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With some of the other free image hosting services on the Internet, you can get bombarded with all sorts of ad banners and other clutter. Further still, most of these require you to create some sort of user account. That is not the case with Pict. The homepage is your album, giving you the ability to quickly and easily upload pictures on the fly. It’s also free of ad banners.

By clicking on any of the boxes within the Pict homepage grid, an upload dialog will pop up. While it may seem like you can only upload one image at a time, this picture hosting service actually lets you enjoy multiple simultaneous uploads.

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As you can see above, I uploaded three screenshots to Pict, including one of Beyond the Rhetoric and another of Dot Com Pho. As it stands, Pict just gives you space for one giant collection of pictures, though they are working on the introduction of albums in the future.

Albums, or some other form of organization, are an absolute necessity when it comes to an online photo sharing site. Moreover, the barebones approach of the Pict photo sharing service may be a little too minimalist. There does not appear to be any way to add tags or a description to any of the pictures.

Automatic Resizing and Share Links

A very handy feature that you’ll find with Pict is that every picture uploaded will automatically be resized and saved. In addition to the original size, you will also have access to two options under “mini size” and two more under “medium size.” With the former, the typical image widths are 320px and 640px. For the latter, the typical image widths are 800px and 1024px.

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In order to access the different sizes for your images, you first click on the “share” link that pops up when you hover over a picture. From there, switch to advanced mode. There will be code provided for the URL, discussion boards, basic HTML, and a direct link.

When sharing a picture with a friend, they will see the available sizes directly below the image itself. For example, check out the page with the BTR screenshot. I should note that Pict supports JPG, PNG, and GIF formats with files as large as 3.5MB each.

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Because there is no need to register for an account with Pict, you may be wondering how you would go about accessing your own uploads after you leave the site. Near the bottom of the main page is the URL to your current album (remember that Pict only supports one album at a time for now). That URL will direct you to the gallery and if the session cookies are still there, you can click on the upload link to add more pictures.

What if you’re on a public computer or you cleared out your cache? After you complete each uploading session, I suggest you use the “save to email” feature near the top of the page. This will send you an email message with a specialized link, directing you back to your current album and giving you the ability to add more pictures.

FireFox Plugin for Instant Screenshots

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Whether you’re troubleshooting with a friend or you just want to share something on Twitter, it can be a little bit of an effort to take a screenshot, save the image, and then upload it to an image sharing service. Pict takes care of this scenario as well with its FireFox Add-On.

This adds a widget to your FireFox toolbar from which you can save a screenshot with a single step. This add-on also lets you upload images from your computer.

How Does Pict Make Money?

Since Pict.com is a free image hosting service with absolutely no ad banners on the site, it is not entirely clear how Pict manages to make money. From what we can see, there is no visible monetization at the site at all. Looking at the terms and conditions, it does not seem like we run into the Facebook effect where they effectively own anything you upload, so it’s not like they can resell the rights to your photos either.

Oh well. Free is free and you can’t beat that kind of pricing plan.


28 thoughts on “Pict.com Free Image Hosting Service”

  1. Tushar says:

    They’re probably only keeping the site ad-free until they can get enough market share.

    1. I guess you’re right! But they have been running Ad-Free for more than 2 months now.. Lets hope they remain the same 🙂

      1. Unfortunately without venture capital, any popular site can only run without funding for so long.

        I think there wouldn’t be anything wrong with a single ad somewhere on that site, as it is a simple interface, and a single ad wouldnt cause any issues for users

  2. Cool service, but until I see a plugin that will easily incorporate the pict images into my blog posts, I think I’ll stick with Flickr.

    I will give them the old college try though, just to see what the experience is like.

    1. I agree with you! Though the service is fast, cooler then other services and free.. there seems to be a catch.

  3. Hi Michael,

    Is this like Flikr? Whats the difference? The way to upload the imges seems to be the only difference, am I right?

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Well, they’re both photo sharing services. Pict doesn’t require a login, but it also doesn’t have the same robust community, descriptions, tags, albums, etc. that Flickr has. They both have their strengths.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Well I guess Flickr has more options then!

      2. Thanks Michael, I will give it a try-

  4. Nice. Seems like there’s a new photo hosting site popping up every day. TwitPic’s new competition? :p

    1. Well trust me this new site will get premium membership when it gets a wee bit popular.

  5. Doctor says:

    This is worth checking out! I actually used this service before.

  6. Bibokz says:

    What the maximum image size to be exact?

  7. Problem with most image hosting services is they disappear fairly quick because they can become unsustainable. It’s easier just to stick to the big guys like imageshack.us, photobucket.com and flickr.com

  8. diabetic man says:

    thanks joh…for recommend the site…..good service for free and good image

  9. Thanks john…For sharing this cool website with us.

  10. SEO Tips says:

    Looks like a nice website, great layout and it seems they have a simple and easy to use interface.

  11. Technology says:

    Excellent and Very useful website for image hosting. Thank you so much for sharing John.

  12. Very useful website.. But I’ll be sticking to old gold Tinypic 🙂

  13. Is it better that Flickr? I really doubt

  14. INTERNET says:

    i m sure you guys know that Flickr was bought by yahoo.
    So you you can decide for yourself.

    But given the current economy even big guys can go down.

  15. Yea, is it better than Flickr?

  16. Alex M6 says:

    I think its not better than Flickr, its DIFFERENT. But Pict is better than Imageshack for sure!

  17. Looks like a good service… I still prefer Photobucket, because I can keep images and videos in one place.

  18. The thing I hate about most of these startup sites is that they usually never have ads in the beginning, but start having popups and banners everywhere when the traffic is stable.

    I’m not saying Pict would do it, but it’s just my opinion.

    -Mike

  19. Interesting. I run my own image hosting service, but it’s different from this. And I’m going to be creating a WP plugin for it soon.

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