ImageShack.us one of the most popular image sharing sites stopped their service for unregistered domains. Today just noticed that instead of original images, picture of Frogs with a caption “Unregistered domain go to http://imageshack.us to register” are appearing.
ImageShack is silent on this issue and not yet answered the queries in their forum. Now several Forums and blogs are filled with ugly yellow Frogs. A Domain registration link is available in the Home Page of their site. Site owners can register their domains with ImageShack through this form. I just tried to register but didn’t get any verification email or site verification instructions. Not clear how long it will take.
Problem is with the hot linked images only (Images directly linked to ImageShack). Now direct links are accessible for registered users only. Forum and HTML Thumbnail codes are working flawlessly. Hot linked images in websites are viewable for registered users. These restrictions are intended to increase registration and traffic towards their site.
All Images are accessible through the VPN servers of US /UK and other proxy sites without domain registration or sign up. This indicates that restriction is applicable for the users in certain countries only.
If you have images hosted with ImageShack and used in blogs or forums then it is better to transfer those images to somewhere else. Images can be accessed after signing in.
Think about the internet marketers those who have used ImageShack hosted images in Newsletters !!