Posted 09.23.2009

Getting Social Media to Work for You (Part 10: Dropbox)

Dropbox is a service that allows you to post files online, making them more accessible to you and others.

How it works

  • Go to getdropbox.com
  • Click on the “Download Dropbox” button
  • Install dropbox on your computer.

Now, whenever you put something in a designated folder on your computer, it will automatically upload it online. If you have the program setup on multiple computers, it will automatically sync with that computer as well. Additionally, you can right click on the folder and share it with someone else.


Why I prefer DropBox over Box.net (or any other service, for that matter)

I love, love, love the syncing feature with Dropbox.
This service has been perfect when I’ve been working on something at work and want to take work on it at home. I’ve also found it extremely useful in maintaining my web templates.—Let me explain. When you build a website, there are several things that you do over and over everytime: setting up folder structure, linking blueprint stylesheets and jquery, setting up default css styles, etc. I keep all those templates in my dropbox folder. Whether I start a site at home or at the office, I always have the most recent versions of those templates at hand.

Sharing
My team has also used Dropbox. It’s been great when we’ve collaborated on a project or needed to share resources. One person “owns” the folder and shares it with everyone else. That folder, then, appears on everyone’s computer.

Price
I was subscribing to Box.net at $19.99 a month for 15 GB. (Granted, they have different price points and $19.99 is the highest level) But, compare that to $9.99 for dropbox where I get 50 GB?


Playing Devil’s Advocate

Box.net is more of a collaborative environment than box.net. For freelance clients, I’ve created sub accounts for them to access my box.net account. They have limited access where they can upload files to a folder, add comments, and manage version control. The client loves it.


This concludes Part 9 of 8 completed parts of my 11 part series on how I use a variety of web services:


  • Neon

    This is a great post. I am a blogger and I am currently also developing an online site for a friend but I find it hard to organize the templates that I have used for her site. I hope dropbox.net will be able to solve my problem.  Halloween