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Imgur Does Away with Pro Membership, Now Offers Free and Unlimited Photo Storage for All

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After being started back in 2009 as a gift for Reddit users, Imgur has quickly become one of the Web’s most dominant forces in image hosting. Yesterday marked the service’s sixth year in existence, and to celebrate, Imgur has decided to phase out Pro subscriptions. The benefits of paid membership are now completely free for every user.

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Company CEO Alan Schaaf made the announcement in a blog post and in an email sent out to Pro members yesterday morning. Everyone can now store an unlimited number of uploads to their Imgur account have access to image analytics and referrer details.

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The one downside for users is that each page on the Imgur website will now feature one display advertisement — not a bad tradeoff for image hosting that can be embedded anywhere on the Web with no bandwidth limits.

The service recently also launched a tool that lets you easily create animated GIFs from YouTube videos. According to Alexa, Imgur is now a top 50 website in the world.

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