Dropbox, the free, fast online file storage and syncing platform

Keep your files safe and accessible with Dropbox – WU16

As a digital nomad and web entrepreneur, I have a lot of files floating around that I need continuous access to. Bank statements, invoices, legal documents, and more. Whenever possible, I try to be completely paperless, and Dropbox, the free online file storage app, makes it possible.

Dropbox, the free, fast online file storage and syncing platform
Dropbox, the free, fast online file storage and syncing platform

By this point, Dropbox is admittedly ubiquitous, and I am sure my readers and listeners are well aware of how great it is. (And it is great.) But I still think it’s worth talking about apps that may already be an integral part of our process.

Below, as always, you’ll find episode audio and a transcription. It’s a quick episode this week, so there’s no excuse for not listening!

Keep your files safe and accessible with Dropbox — Audio player

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Keep your files safe and accessible with Dropbox — Transcription

Hey, everyone out there in Internetland. Welcome to Wrapp Up, my podcast about apps and tools and digital solutions to all of your problems as an entrepreneur, business owner, or if you’re just sort of an Internet aficionado and you want to know what the next big thing is. That’s what we’re here for.

But today, I’m not going to talk about the next big thing. In fact, what I’m going to talk about is something that is fairly old by Internet standards. It’s one of those apps that I use every day and take for granted. I think many of us do. We don’t really take the time to talk about how awesome this service is.

That service is Dropbox. Dropbox is a free application that you install on your computer. You throw files into this folder and it uploads them to the Internet instantly. Again, it starts off at free and it’s fantastic.

What makes Dropbox different than similar, sort of upload services? Basically, it’s how it works. This idea of a simple folder. You just put your stuff in and Dropbox uploads it automatically. If you have Dropbox in multiple places, you can actually have it installed on multiple computers and when you upload a file to one computer, it’s going to get downloaded to the other computer instantly, right? It’s keeping everything in sync.

Because it does that through a simple folder on your computer’s operating system, it’s very easy to understand. There aren’t any complex apps you have to open and sort of upload, title your files, generate a link, and all that kind of stuff. It’s incredibly transparent. It’s Seamless. It happens in the background. It’s just so easy to use.

Dropbox is one of those apps where … I’ve seen similar apps in the space for a long time. There’s MediaFire, SendSpace, YouSendIt, and all these different services, Box.com. There are a lot of options out there but Dropbox seems to be the one that is easiest to understand, which is why I think I’ve seen it the most, or being used the most by non-technical users, right?

If you’re a website designer like myself and you need photos and if you need videos sent to you to put on a website, a lot of the times those are too big for emails, for whatever reason. You can say, “Well, just throw it into Dropbox.” Nine times out of 10, that makes sense and they’re able to do that very easily without a lot of headaches; there aren’t going to be a walkthrough, how the service works over the phone or something like that.

Dropbox gives you, I believe around 5 GB of space to start with. What I love is that they have this fantastic referral program and just lots of opportunities to get more storage space. Whether it’s using a referral link like mine, which is cvp.me/dropbox and that will give both of us, you and me, a little bit of extra space.

They have that referral program which is sort of one of the original growth hacking referral programs that you’ll see referred to a lot. In addition to that, they have other opportunities. There’s the Space Race, which is a bunch of colleges competed online who could sign up the most new Dropbox users. Every time you pass the certain miles, Dropbox would add a bunch of free space to your account. I still have a free Dropbox account. I haven’t upgraded yet. I have 16.6 GB. That’s a huge, a tremendous jump from where I was before. They’ll give you space if you upload your photos into them.

Just a little bit more on that, they have IOS app. Obviously you kind of have to these days. You can browse your files on it, as you would and open a few things and preview things and move things around. They also have a photo upload feature, so it will automatically upload photos to your Dropbox account so you can access them anywhere. I don’t use this feature as much. In the future episode, I’m going to talk about why that is and what I’ve replaced it with. If you just have very simple needs, that’s like a great way to go.

Check out Dropbox. Again, it’s free. You can get paid accounts. I think it’s $50 and $100 a year will get you even more space or something like that. Check them out. Again, it is Dropbox.com or if you’re feeling good, cvp.me/dropbox. This has been the Wrapp Up. Today, we talked about Dropbox and who knows what we’ll talk about next week. The best way to find out is to join us and also follow on Twitter. You can follow me directly @ChrisVanPatten. We also have @TheWrappUp. Occasionally, we post information and links and things over there. We’re trying to get better about it. So alright; until next time. I have been Chris Van Patten. You can find more episodes at WrappUp.com and I will talk to you soon. Bye-bye.

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Chris Van Patten

I’m an entrepreneur, designer, theatre producer, and tea aficionado. I love helping artists achieve their digital potential through custom websites, apps, and more. I own and operate Van Patten Media, a boutique web agency in New York.