DropBox - How many people use it?

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Yes/no poll is above.

I'd like to get a feel for the amount of people who actively use DropBox.

What is the average file size you upload?

What is your overall experience with DropBox?

If you do use it, are you using the API & is it integrated with a form? (allow users to upload files and send them directly to DropBox)

Any and all feedback is appreciated. (I'm not affiliated with DropBox in any way, I just want some feedback on it.)

Thanks,
Brent
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Hi Brent, you're going to get dramatically skewed results asking in this format, because your replies will be from a small, self-selected group of Warriors. For the most part, people who haven't heard of DropBox and have no use for it won't even choose to read the thread, and you'll be excluding some high proportion of them from your statistics, without even knowing what proportion.

    If I might offer a suggestion, you might avoid that to some extent by not mentioning "DropBox" in the thread title but calling it something more like "Question about online document storage/sharing" or whatever function it is that DropBox actually fulfils?

    It depends on exactly what you're trying to measure, and why ... :confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Hi Brent, you're going to get dramatically skewed results asking in this format, because your replies will be from a small, self-selected group of Warriors. For the most part, people who haven't heard of DropBox and have no use for it won't even choose to read the thread, and you'll be excluding some high proportion of them from your statistics, without even knowing what proportion.

      If I might offer a suggestion, you might avoid that to some extent by not mentioning "DropBox" in the thread title but calling it something more like "Question about online document storage/sharing" or whatever function it is that DropBox actually fulfils?

      It depends on exactly what you're trying to measure, and why ... :confused:
      Thanks Alexa,

      I will look at rewording my post here in a bit. I didn't want to go into detail on why, but hopefully my thread doesn't get deleted as advertising.

      We're looking to integrate DropBox with our online form builder using the API. We have had a few requests on allowing users to be able to send files to DropBox via the forms they build.
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      For the most part, people who haven't heard of DropBox and have no use for it won't even choose to read the thread, and you'll be excluding some high proportion of them from your statistics, without even knowing what proportion.
      Every reply so far has been "it's great."

      I've never heard of it, and from a quick check, find I have no use for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Britton
    use it all the time! brilliant service
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    • Profile picture of the author twentytwo
      Dropbox is the S#IT! I use it all the time on my IPhone. I think its better then cloud actually I hate the cloud.... I use it for Photos the most and upload at max pic size every time. I think its around 2.4MB.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Mak
    i think every Imers should use dropbox, if someone have not using it then we should introduce it to them.

    i have a 8GB account by getting free space from each referral signup.

    dropbox is by far the most useful IMer tool for me.

    dropbox do not allow sync for the folder outside of dropbox folder, if you want to sync a folder on your desktop, you can install syncplicity for the purpose.

    Hope this help.
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  • Profile picture of the author James.N
    I use Dropbox and I love it. I have it on my computers and iPhone. However, I'm looking into and trying out Skydrive, simply because it offers more storage for free. So far, its just as good if not better. It seems to be a little bit faster and the iPhone app is a little nicer.

    Not as many apps integrate with Skydrive as they do with Dropbox, but I'm still moving towards Skydrive currently. I'll just use both if I need to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robbie B
    I've had clients ask if I use it. I only did once. I just didn't like the idea of it. Security purposes. It's not something I liked to use but that's just my skeptical nature of who all can access the files in it.

    I don't use it anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author eternalwarrior
    All my friends who are on IM use dropbox, and I am pretty above 70% of IMers use Dropbox. I have questioned many friends who are not in IM, and most of them said that they don't know what Dropbox is!

    I have tried almost all cloud drive services and DropbBox proved to be the best. Btw did anyone tried Google Drive?
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    • Profile picture of the author Birdi
      dropbox is very good for sharing and storing files, videos, documents etc. very effective when you wish to share your information with friends etc.

      I read in an article about 'what if' facebook brought dropbox... if i can find the article again i shall add the link in this thread. But i use dropbox regularly. There are plenty other sites you can use to send files across to your friend, business etc. Again dont quote me on article... but let me find it

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    • Profile picture of the author BiznizRocks
      Originally Posted by eternalwarrior View Post

      All my friends who are on IM use dropbox, and I am pretty above 70% of IMers use Dropbox. I have questioned many friends who are not in IM, and most of them said that they don't know what Dropbox is!

      I have tried almost all cloud drive services and DropbBox proved to be the best. Btw did anyone tried Google Drive?
      The internet community is learning very fast, may be they don't use Dropebox, but they are using similar service like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I found a better site than dropbox. It is called emaillargefile
    It's easier to understand and you don't have problems as you can do with dropbox. I had trouble when I used it so I stopped.
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  • Profile picture of the author OutSourCed
    I use it and love it. Everything I have is in three and I have access to it no mater where i am.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    It's great! Right now I only use the free version, though I almost have the entire 2Gs filled so I will be upgrading soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Backlink Tycoon
    I use dropbox a lot to but now I think I'll end up switching to Google Drive

    Not that dropbox isn't good or anything like that but, it's the reliability that it will remain up after all this competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geolina
    I use it and I love it - not for sophisticated stuff, just accessing documents from my PC and my Ipad when I´m on the road...
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  • Profile picture of the author Irwin Dominguez
    I love Dropbox - I use it everyday!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
    have been using it for years, not so much these days as I'm mainly on one PC

    Pet hate is when I'm saving a largish file onto my dropbox and I mistakingly shutdown straight after without it completely syncing. Travel to another location with my laptop to start working on the file but it is no where to be found......back home again to turn the computer on and let it finish syncing
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  • Profile picture of the author englandrm
    I use it mainly to get stuff from my phone to my computer and vice-versa. Just the free 2gb version though.

    I heard the new Google Drive is offering 5gb for free, and they're offering 100gb for $5/m vs the dropbox $20/m. Think I'll be switching over as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author rafelbills
    I use it on my Android and it automatically sync with your PC client. Currently I have 5GB of free space account which I get via automatically photo update feature. Google drive also seems good to try if you are android user.
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  • Profile picture of the author poweraff
    If you are not using dropbox or any other backup service already.. then you will begin using it
    once your HDD crushes or somehow you got your OS system FAILED.

    Don't learn to take backup your files the hard way.. sometimes it's really HARD
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    • Profile picture of the author NaturalHealing
      I use Dropbox. It is great. If your computer dies, you can be up and running quickly.

      In fact, sometimes I can find files on that when I cannot find them on my computer.. They have a good search function.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    Great, thanks for the feedback everyone. Like I mentioned, we'll be looking to integrate it with our JotForm software we already have. People who create forms on our servers using JotForm will be able to have their customers/clients or anyone using their forms upload attachments to DropBox.

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeac
      I use DropBox but my main issue with it is that it doesnt back up folders automatically, so I also use SugarSync which backsups automatically.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    its seems to be a good service, I like idrive a little better because they have a wordpress plugin, but perhaps drop box will soon too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Farish
    Dropbox is the online storage leader with an estimated 40 million users.

    Google Drive is nice, but the ease of use in sharing your files is not there yet. The thing about Google Drive is that it will has millions of gmail users to instantly give access to their service. Until Google Drive offers instant file url creation by right clicking, its not worth it for many. Almost everything else works comparably to Dropbox. Besides the lacking the iOS app part.

    SkyDrive is going to be built into Windows 8, that alone might make it quickly the number one leader next year. If you had signed up for SkyDrive before April 22, you will get a free upgrade to 25 gb of data. Right now any sign up is 7gb of data, which is great. The best part is many people do not like installing 3rd party programs unless they absolutely half too. Being built into Windows 8 is a great marketing move by Microsoft.

    Security wise, data stored on Google Drive and Dropbox is encrypted, Skydrive is not. There is a 3rd party program though that will encrypt any file you want and place it into SkyDrive for you automatically. People are already complaining to Microsoft about the lack of encryption in SkyDrive. Microsoft is moving to fix that. Even though some articles have stated it is encrypted, it is not.

    Right now I use Dropbox because of the ease of use in sharing files through web links. I figure an online storage war is coming and more free storage will be offered by everybody. One way or another we will all benefit from more competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author crosshairs
    Love DropBox! I use it mostly for transferring files I'm working on back and forth between PC and Mac
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  • Profile picture of the author rahulchauhan700
    Dropbox has a god UI , didn't noticed the size of uploads, though dropbox is awesome . They have iphone and android apps also ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Gec
    Dropbox is good and relatively cheap, but their current solutions for devices other than computers (i.e. tablets and smartphones) can be a bit annoying, lacking some "obvious" features. I use the free one, but my S.O. has the extended package (or whatever they call it) to back up the (tens of?) thousands of pictures and movies she makes. They will get better and improve the tablet solutions too I'm sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Takuyar
    I use Dropbox and Google Drive. Both are just as good.
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  • Profile picture of the author thecrazycub
    I used drop box.. but I think google drive is better just because there is no need to create a new profile and it blends in with your existing array of accounts.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnRowe
      I have a paid account with Dropbox and use them extensively. So far I've had no issues with them and I've pretty much been using them since they started.

      I know most people see Dropbox as a convenient place to access their data via multiple devices but for me the main reason for using Dropbox is to secure my data against loss.

      1.) I use Dropbox to automatically backup my sites and client sites using backupbuddy.

      2.) I also have all my business related files, as well as all my internet marketing training, etc in Dropbox.

      I basically add everything I cannot afford to lose.

      I started using Dropbox for automated website backups when my company had 26 websites hacked and completely removed from the server. It turned out they (the hackers) gained root access to the server of the hosting company I was using. I then requested the hosting company do a full backup but this took two weeks to do and they were not able to restore all 26 sites from their own backups. So I stopped trusting a hosting company to backup my sites and switched to Dropbox.

      I backup business and internet marketing materials & resources to Dropbox because I have lost data far to many times to believe that it's safe on CD, DVD, HDD, etc.

      BTW, I also backup my backups because I know that it would be a mistake to trust that everything will always be safe on Dropbox.

      A tip for those looking to use Dropbox to store sensitive info would be that you could use secretsync which provides client side encryption of your data on Dropbox.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      It's great, I've been using it for several years. Mainly to move design work done on my desktop to my laptop but also to send and receive files from friends.
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  • Profile picture of the author BiznizRocks
    Almost single one around here or online using Dropebox. However, similar services like that are also coming.
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  • Profile picture of the author David James
    I use the free version, though I have quite a bit more than the standard 2GB from referring others.

    If I needed a large amount of cloud storage, I'd probably look at the other options that offer better value. They would have to match Dropbox's usability for me to make the switch, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shiga
    I'm using Dropbox every day at my work. It's much easier..
    There exists just one problem...the size of the capacity. I already had to ad 2 members to gain more place for my documents.
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisSWN
    I should activate my Dropbox Iphone app.....
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