Jamie Thomson

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Use case for a new SkyDrive/DropBox feature

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I was reading Ed Bott’s article “With Windows 8, just what does “no compromises” mean?” when something occurred to me about the various file sharing services that are out there such as SkyDrive and DropBox. Specifically it was this sentence:

“I’m returning from the IFA 2012 tradeshow in Berlin, where I came away with the usual selection of press materials on USB flash drives.”

that caught my attention. It seems to me that handing out USB drives in this day and age is rather antiquated.  Nevertheless if PR folks are handing them out then it must mean there isn’t a better alternative.

Seems to me services like SkyDrive/DropBox could help out here. Rather than hand out USB drives to Ed a PR person (let’s call him Dave) could instead distribute a URL to a folder on SkyDrive/DropBox that contains all of the PR materials. Problem with that is that that it would still live on Dave’s SkyDrive/DropBox, it wouldn’t be part of Ed’s SkyDrive/DropBox. What if there were a button on that folder labelled (e.g.) “Add to my files” which Ed could click and then that folder automatically becomes part of his SkyDrive/DropBox (viewable on the web, synced to Ed’s laptop etc…). Any changes that Dave makes automatically turn up in Ed’s collection; moreover Dave still maintains full control over the folder.

Better still, rather than using a button the URL that Dave distributes could (if Dave desired it) automatically add it to the collection of the person clicking the URL.

Would be useful, no?

Written by Jamiet

September 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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  1. I’m totally with you on that one Jamie. It’s like iCal for files.
    But what I’d much rather have – and I am pretty ignorant about anything that might be out there right now – is the same sort of thing for contact information.
    Somewhere that you can list your contact information and decide who gets to see what part of it. Sure, there are services (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc…) where you can do that… but they all get “imported” into whatever contact service you use – Outlook, phones, etc… I’d like (the option) of tying my address book entries to their “source” so that source can update them as necessary. I don’t want to have to change someone’s phone number in my address book just because they changed… and I’m sure they don’t look forward to emailing everyone with their new number.
    Similarly, I’d like to have the power to “revoke” access 🙂 A scenario where you may have given your “close friend” your home phone number or email… but then move on and don’t want them to get at you that way anymore.

    Todd McDermid

    September 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    • Hoya Todd,
      If I have understood you correctly…that already exists. For example, if one of my Facebook friends changes their phone number then that automatically flows into my contact store on my phone/computer/Hotmail/etc…

      Same goes for LinkedIn.


      September 5, 2012 at 5:48 am

  2. That seems reasonable. Wonder why it doesnt exists already.

    Micke Arvidsson

    September 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

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