There are a ton of ways to send files. There are plenty of other ways to stash files so that people can grab them. However, I don’t think there’s any other site out there that is quite as accessible as Drop.io
When you register for an account with Drop.io, you get a website where you can store files. Depending on your settings, other people can get access to those files as well. Or add files to it. Or delete files from it. It’s basically a drop box with a whole lot of extra features.
What sorts of features?
*takes a deep breath*
URL, email, voicemail, conference call, fax, upload, rss, email alerts, bookmarks, widgets, links, notes, blog, interactive views, password protection, account control, free and premium limits, and zip downloads.
Not bad! But let’s go into more detail and see it first hand. Below, I’ve pasted in the Drop.io widget.
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From there you (and other visitors) can add files to the ‘drop’. Nice clean interface, easy to embed, everything you expect and want from a widget. There’s a few other ways to add files though.
If you go to a drop, you can see and add files as well. You can actually add Files, links (straight up hyperlinks with no file), or notes (type text, click submit). Once again, it’s a clean, simple page. Always clear what you can do. But here’s where we start to get interesting.
You’ll see in the upper right corner a unique email address and a unique voicemail number. Using those, people can send in files via email, or they can leave audio messages that will be saved in the drop as audio files (anyone else see any podcasting implications here?). But that’s not all! They also allow you to print out or email to yourself a FAX cover sheet so you can fax yourself documents as well! Fax in a document, it winds up in your box saved as a PDF.
Interestingly, they also provide each drop its own private conference call code. The calls are not recorded, so how does this fit in? Quite simply, one incredible use for these drops would be as repositories for teams spread out over a distance. Or for collaborative projects between groups. With that in mind, having a default bridge would certainly come in handy. I couldn’t find how many people the bridge would support, but you certainly can’t argue with free.
With all these different people adding files, it might seem hard to keep up with everything. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Boy, it’d be really handy for this drop box to have an RSS feed,” give yourself a cookie. You can subscribe to updates via email or via RSS. And of course, there’s the usual social bookmarking widget that will allow you to easily send it to it del.icio.us, Digg, Furl, MySpace, Facebook, and so on.
All in all, it’s one heck of an interesting site. It’s currently free up to 100MB of space, but if you want to bump that up to 1GB, it costs $10 for a year. Rather nominal considering the functionality you get. When you create your drop, you get to specify whether you want it to be up for a day, week, month or year. At the end of that period, you’ll have the option to renew it and keep it going. But if you need to exit in a hurry, they have one last feature that I think is fantastic. There’s a link that says “Create Zip File” that will allow you to download a zip containing every file on the site.
Take a look! I think you’re going to like this one quite a bit.