Create photo and video timelines with Photobucket Stories beta

Photobucket Stories yesterday debuted in beta form, offering a new way to share holiday slideshows and first birthday scrapbooks in digital form.

The Stories feature allows users to tell complete narrative stories through a timeline of photos, videos and text.

Hot on the heels of the launch of Photobucket's new site, Stories is aimed at easy creation and collaboration to build living stories on a shareable canvas. Once created, the online photo montages can be easily embedded onto blogs and personal or brand websites, as well as shared via mobile devices and on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

"We wanted to make it easy for everyone to collaborate and share their complete stories," Kate Hare, VP of product management at Photobucket, stated. "Friends and family are a big part of our stories and they all have a unique perspective on an event, and Photobucket Stories lets everyone enjoy the fun of creating a story around the event."

From the extraordinary to the everyday, Photobucket welcomes all of life's adventures. The new feature allows on-the-go users to add to stories from mobile devices with direct uploads from camera rolls on Android and iOS devices.

Need that one photo that only Aunt Marie has? Just invite her to contribute to the story via Facebook.

"With the addition of Stories, Photobucket continues to deliver on our promise to be the one place for all your photos and videos so you can do everything you want with them," CEO Tom Munro said.

The Photobucket website redesign has proven a positive step for the company, which, since August, has seen significant growth in user engagement and registrations, according to the company. Changes were meant to address user complaints about disorganisation and the lack of a single secure backup location, as well as the need for integration between multiple devices and sites.

The overhauled site now allows automatic upload of photos and videos from PCs, mobile phones, and various social sites. It also offers new creative editing tools, all wrapped in a sleek package.