It’s In The Dropbox

This month’s Rocket City Bloggers Carnival will be hosted by Heather, blogger of Calluna. It will be published, on her blog, on March 15th so please make sure to go on over there to read all the participants of this month’s carnival.

Our theme this month is “tools” or our “favorite tools.” This can be anything from gardening tools, writing or blogging tools, tools you use for your favorite hobby, or any sort of tool really. The topic is wide open, just so long as it has something to do with a tool.

I’ve been going back and forth about which tool I want to blog about today. My first reaction is to blog about a blogging tool, we are, after all, a blogging group – the Rocket City Bloggers that is. I suppose I could blog about some other tool, but what tool would that be; mascara? fork and spoon? blow dryer? remote control? Yeah, you see, I have no life. So blogging about a blog tool it is then!

I’ve been loving my editorial calendar, a tool I consider indispensable when it comes to creating a blogging timeline. But I’ve blogged about that too many times already. So now it comes down to my exciting tool of Dropbox.

So what is Dropbox exactly? From their ABOUT PAGE:

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer.

Today, more than 50 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand, share with family and friends, and work on team projects.

So it’s like a free cloud service, basically. I can access my files now from any computer, any time. All I have to do is remember to stow them there, in the Dropbox, which I do. I find it to be crazy conducive at helping me keep my stuff together. My organizational skills have stepped up a notch or two as well because of Dropbox. I feel so much better knowing that I can get to my files at anytime from anywhere.

In Dropbox, you can even create certain folders to share with other Dropbox users. Talk about productive! Right now I have folders in there that I share with Alabama Fashion Alliance, Deep South Magazine, and consultants that I use in my real-life day job.

Seriously, if you communicate with several people or organizations about anything, Dropbox can be a great tool to help you all stay connected and on target with communication. Are you a person who manages several people, writers, bloggers, or individuals that work on the same type of project? Dropbox can be a lifesaver.

Or do you just want to be able to access your personal or work documents from anywhere at anytime? I have it on my Mac laptop, my iPhone, and my work computer Dell PC; they all play nicely together.

Why Carol, Google Docs does pretty much the same thing. Yes, I suppose it does. Dropbox is just my personal preference. I find it easier to use than Google Docs quite frankly. I do not feel limited with Dropbox and I do feel limited with Google docs. I can organize my files the way I want with Dropbox. I am sure there are some other differences that I am not addressing on this blog entry and quite frankly it doesn’t really concern me. I like Dropbox and its what I use.

Stay up to date with the Dropbox Blog.

And by the way… they are HIRING.

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