Photobucket loses a third of staff

Chris Caceres · June 26, 2009 · Short URL:

Fox Interactive Media slashes jobs beyond MySpace

 Fox Interactive Media (FIM) isn’t just ‘restructuring’ MySpace.  Yesterday, it went after Photobucket, cutting 1/3 of the staff over there.  The photo- and video-sharing site, which FIM bought for $250 million in 2007, had about 120 employees.

“As part of our continuing review of each of the FIM business units, employees were informed of job cuts today at several of our sites. We made these cuts to ensure that our resources are aligned properly with our business goals, and at a scale that will enable us to operate as efficiently as possible,” an FIM spokesperson said on Thursday.

This unfortunate news comes less than two weeks after FIM began layoffs over at MySpace, which ended up amounting to nearly 800 jobs lost.

FIM’s entire structure seems to be changing.  Beyond the job cuts at Photobucket and MySpace, FIM also laid off several people at IGN, a popular video game site.  In contrary though, IGN is actually looking to hire for several other positions.

Photobucket was founded in 2003 by Alex Welch and Darren Crystal.  The company is headquartered in Denver with offices in San Francisco.  It attracts 25 million unique visitors a month in the U.S.

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Photobucket is the most popular site on the Internet for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos, and graphics. Your free Photobucket account can store thousands of photos and hours of video. Photobucket also offers free tools for making slideshows of photos, videos with music. You can share your photos and videos with friends by email, IM and mobile phone. Plus, you browse through Photobucket's huge online library of photos and videos to find the latest and best photos, images and videos. Finally, Photobucket's online store lets you print pictures, as well as add them to shirts, hoodies, mugs, calendars, stickers, wall posters and more.

Photobucket was founded in 2003 and acquired by Fox Interactive Media, Inc., a division of News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) in July 2007. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colo. with offices in Palo Alto, Calif.

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