Posted by Laura Kinnard
While the article notes that you can still continue to share files just as you always have in Facebook groups, if you do have files in Dropbox or it is a platform you already are familiar with, you can now share files straight from Dropbox into your Facebook groups.
If you are not familiar with Dropbox , here is their description: “Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!” Dropbox always you to access your files on Dropbox, by storing your files “in the Cloud.”
In a very cute and clever Ebook entitled “20 Things I learned About Browsers and the Web”, “the Cloud” (or as the book has subtitled it “Why It’s Okay for a Truck to Crush Your Laptop”) is explained as the thousands of computers that store data which can be accessed via the internet instead of on your own personal computer — which can be hit by a truck. Instead of storing documents or installing software, much is now called “software-as-a-service” and you are allowed access to using the software through the internet by being a subscriber.
Many documents are now migrating to the cloud are being stored there until you are ready to login and access them. Dropbox is one service that you access via the internet and which your documents are stored in a far-away computer accessed when you need it through the internet and shared over the internet — including people in Facebook groups.
Has anyone started sharing documents in Facebook groups via Dropbox? What has your experience been with this ability to share directly from Dropbox to Facebook?
Dropbox’s Chris Varenhorst writes in a blog post announcing the integration:
“Today we’re psyched to announce that you can share stuff from Dropbox right inside Facebook Groups! Now you can share notes with your study group, add the latest game schedule to your basketball team’s group, or post a birthday video to your family’s group at lightning speed from wherever you are — just as long as you have them saved in Dropbox.
Just like other posts to Facebook Groups, people can like or comment on anything you share from within the group. And if you make any edits to a file you’ve shared, the group will get an update automatically!”
Facebook tells us that this does not replace the current ability to upload…
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