Simplified File Sharing

by Michael V
There are many forms of filesharing on the internet, with so many different types of business models out there, so what’s the next move to step up the ladder? As new technology comes out, they tend to go through many phases of upgrades, first with the addition of features, upgrades on horse power and storage, and the works. However, once it no longer becomes optimal to keep adding on new gadgets into a file sharing site, companies like Dropcanvas begin to optimize and streamline the system for ease of use, extending their reach to an audience that much more complicated file sharing systems couldn’t hope to access. File sharing in essence is a form of cloud computing, albiet one that everyone has public access to, and the fact that Dropcanvas is offering free service with up to 5gigabytes per “canvas” is quite amazing. But what truly makes them stand out is there unique system that is so easy to use that even children should have no trouble figuring out. They simply create a “canvas” page that users can drag and drop files into, and from there share with whomever they want. The ingenuity of the simplicity allows the business to reach consumers that have little patience or tolerance for the newfangled that seem to clutter the internet.

This relates to the class we are taking because of the cloud computing aspect of file sharing being incorporated into the real world in a unique business model. It demonstrates how the technology we produce is not limited to business people or those that are technologically informed and efficient, but is extending to the lives of everyday people in a manner that they can understand and utilized for their own purposes. The article shows us a right way to apply technology to today’s world, and how to reach an audience with the tools you have.

I learned from this article that sometimes adding features and control over a program can be hindering to the user, and sometimes simplification with no unnecessary parts can optimize the use of an application. I liked how the article demonstrates the unique way Dropcanvas strips away all unnecessary aspects of cloud computing to the core element of simply drag-and-drop file sharing in order to apply itself in a relevant manner to the world. The article taught me how databases applied through cloud computing can find their way to be used by everyday people without any particular computer knowledge.

Dropcanvas Offers Up Free, Dead Simple File Sharing, But Can It Last? (2012, June 2) Retrieved June 3, 2012 From TechCrunch

One thought on “Simplified File Sharing

  • September 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I completely agree with you on what you said about having too many features. I have seen way too many times when users just get frustrated and give up because there are too many features. Then again… it keeps everyone in IT working because users still need to be taught.

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