TinyPic Is Down Forever - Code 010394

*UPDATE: The problem has been solved. See the bottom of this post for Tinypic's explanation on the issue. Now the image links have started working again and you may upload new images too.

Tinypic Image Unavailable CODE 010394Tinypic Image Unavailable CODE 010394: Without a warning, on September 23, 2010 Tinypic has completely stopped its services for all International users (non-US). This not only restrict the users to upload new images to Tinypic, but also to link/use the images that are already uploaded by them.
A few months back, Tinypic stopped new-user sign-ups, but something like this was completely unexpected.
But don't worry, as we do have a temporary & a permanent fix to this problem, keep reading...
This is what Tinypic-Team says:
Tinypic is no longer accepting uploads from international locations, and links are turned off. If you have content on Tinypic, you can still view the URLs and the content, but only on Tinypic. To upload, share, or link content, please go to Photobucket.com to register an account. You will need to upload your content again to your Photobucket account, but you will be able to share and link your images and videos. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope that you enjoy Photobucket, our premier image and video site.

But why join Photobucket?
Photobucket is also owned by the same group of people, so after this instance, millions of users around the world no longer trust their service.
Moreover, it is definitely NOT an option at least for me with a storage limit of just 500MB and bandwidth limit of 10GB/month [PB - Free vs Pro].

Temporary Fix
As of now, to quickly view your images and re-upload them to a new image-host, edit your direct-links like this:

Presently a direct link from Tinypic looks like this:
http://i40.tinypic.com/mihsgg.jpg

So, immediately after http:// add the letter "o" in lower-case:
http://oi40.tinypic.com/mihsgg.jpg

Switch to New Image-Hosts (that's the permanent fix)

The two most popular alternate options (that allow hotlinking/direct-linking of images) are ImageShack.us and Imgur.com

I am selecting ImageShack over Imgur, due to these reasons:

Although both of them allow hotlinking, but again both of them lack a good User-Interface (UI) and have at least one major drawback:

At Imageshack, for free users a bandwidth limit does apply:
Imageshack allows 2000mb per hour for each image hosted. Gif images are limited at 500mb per hour. Peak time is from 6:00am to 3:00pm PST. Off peak there are no limits.

And these are the two reasons for not joining Imgur:

Total Account Images 225
Standard accounts are limited to the 225 most recent images. After that, the newest uploads will be shown and the oldest uploads will be bumped out of the account (not deleted, just hidden from within the account). There is no limit to pro accounts.

Image Removal
With standard accounts, images over 1 MB will be compressed until they are less than 1 MB. With pro accounts, your images aren't touched in any way unless they are over 5 MB, in which case they will be compressed until they reach 5MB in size.

So depending on your usage, you may select any one of them. Or if you know a better service, kindly mention it in the comments section below...

*UPDATE: Tinypic has resolved the issue, and has also apologized to all its users:

We heard from many of our users in regards to these changes and we appreciate your feedback. Tinypic has restored linking to your images and enabled uploading. Please rest assured no content was removed from the site. We tried to notify users on Tinypic and requested they move their content to Photobucket. Unfortunately this messaging was insufficient and has taken many of our users by surprise and we apologize. Our intent was to begin combining some of the best features of Tinypic and Photobucket, thereby offering users a better experience. Any changes in the future will be better communicated. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

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Jin
September 23, 2010 11:43 PM delete

Thanks a lot for this! I unfortunately live in SA, so I'm going to face a lot of problems from now on. -o-

Looks like Imageshack is the way to go.

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September 24, 2010 12:48 AM delete

Will Picasa web albums work?
I use it all the time, it may not have the exact functionality but it's free and holds plenty of images.

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September 24, 2010 1:26 AM delete

Yeah Picasa is a good option as far as bandwidth is concerned (no limits mentioned at the site, neither mentioned as unlimited), but the storage limit of 1 GB plays a spoilsport here. So yeah, for bloggers who use images only in their blog-posts, I think Picasa is good option for them.

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September 24, 2010 3:40 AM delete

They stopped just like that, without warning? What the...

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September 24, 2010 4:11 AM delete

This is really a bad news for TinyPic users. But I never used it :D

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September 24, 2010 9:58 AM delete

My TinyPic is still working in Canada? My blogs both public and private are showing their respective tiny pics in the tab?

www.pleasedontshootmedown.blogspot.com/

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Bharath Mandava
September 28, 2010 12:23 AM delete

This message is posted on TinyPic !

We heard from many of our users in regards to these changes and we appreciate your feedback. Tinypic has restored linking to your images and enabled uploading. Please rest assured no content was removed from the site. We tried to notify users on Tinypic and requested they move their content to Photobucket. Unfortunately this messaging was insufficient and has taken many of our users by surprise and we apologize. Our intent was to begin combining some of the best features of Tinypic and Photobucket, thereby offering users a better experience. Any changes in the future will be better communicated. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience

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October 03, 2010 7:01 PM delete

Mr. Sai,

Can I use your image-3d affect image from image shack?

Also the collapsible multi-tabbed widget isn't working in my blog (above the comments)

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October 04, 2010 7:41 AM delete

Here's the tutorial for the CSS image effects:
http://bloggerstop.net/2009/08/style-your-images-using-simple-css.html

You are missing the code for collapsible widget (Part 1), please follow both the tutorials carefully:
Part 1: http://bloggerstop.net/2009/12/collapsible-multi-tabber-widget-for.html
Part 2: http://bloggerstop.net/2009/12/part-2-collapsible-multi-tabbed-widget.html

(copy step 1 from part 1 and step 2 from part 2)

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October 07, 2010 8:11 AM delete

Just create a new Google account and use Blogger as your image hosting, voila!

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Melissa
October 24, 2010 10:38 AM delete

lol I didn't think such a big filehost server like tinypic and photobucket can do a major fail move like that.. They thought the least of the user's perspective and deliberately give chance for their competitors to be known worldwide!!! I wouldn't know about imgur if this incident didn't happen in the first place... lol

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October 24, 2010 10:58 AM delete

Yeah that's true, nobody would have expected something of this sort from a top online company. Anyway, as expected the popularity of Tinypic has gone down and in fact within a month Imgur has defeated tinypic in terms of traffic:

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/tinypic.com+imgur.com

My advise to the readers is to go for imageshack instead of tinypic or imgur.

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January 15, 2011 8:14 AM delete

My tinypic images are working fine.. :-/

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Anonymous
October 09, 2011 7:16 AM delete

Image Hosting at http://www.picspoon.com is the web's image sharing social network. - Create slideshows and share your photos with friends and family

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November 10, 2011 1:55 PM delete

I never trust Tinypic, I go with Fileave.com and ImageShack.us when it comes to images :D

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