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An Introduction of Drop.io

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As we know, the internet is all about connecting millions of computers to millions of content web sites, though it has now grown the be billions of connected computers enabling access to billions of web pages and growth is expected to continue for a long yet. Moving files between all these people and places has always been not only the point, but often also the problem. That is, often the underlying technologies were weaker than they could have been. And yet as the broadband speed of the Internet has increased, so has the size of these files that need to be moved around, especially with video being such a large part of the Internet experience that users want to share with other users.

Back in the day of dial up internet access, using internet mail systems was thought to be the answer, but users quickly found that attaching a file of more than one megabyte to an email could easily block the entire inbox of the recipient; simply because the SMTP technology of the email system could not handle bigger file sizes without stalling and block up the system. Then with the advent of online email services like Gmail and Hotmail, these services had their own self imposed file size limits with Hotmail for example limiting attachment sizes to twenty megabytes for any one email. And so ideas of having a central place where people could upload their files, especially the larger files that cannot realistically be attached to email began to grow in importance and popularity. File sharing could embrace other transport technologies; with FTP (file transfer protocol) being the most efficient because it has a very low overhead of transferring type stuff that goes along with the main file to ensure everything gets there in one piece as it should do.

Drop.io has always been a very clever web site, because it has always understood the needs of people to drop a fill file where in the middle quickly and efficiently, and to then be able to tell other people where it is so that they can follow the link, access the file and then go about their business. And so hence the name of “drop”, because users were simply making file drops in or out of the system. All drops were able to be kept private, unless it was desired that be open.

Drop.io Integrated With FaceBook and Twitter

When the business first launched, they owned and operated all their own computing hardware needed to stored and access all the user files. However by 2008, Drop.io announced they had dropped out of maintaining their own services in favor of a fully outsourced and managed cloud computing solution and at the time, Drop.io also announced they were the largest single company user of cloud computing resources user in the world just because of the sheer size of files they were processing the drops for. And so Drop.io has always continued to be innovative and was one of the first companies to integrate their service with the likes of FaceBook and Twitter. And the core engine at the heart of the Drop.io has proved very popular, more so since the release of the Drop.io API (Application Programming Interface) which enables third parties to develop and build systems that reach out the Drop.io core engine for file sharing and delivery technology.

And it was with this API that Drop.io developed the “attach large files” functionality for all Yahoo email users. That is, the API enables users to send up to one hundred megabytes of attachments to a single email. And so over time Drop.io developed further uses for its API, including phone drops, where users could phone a number, leave voice recordings and these will later be automatically saved into the user account as MP3 files for sharing or downloading by the user at any future time. Then they developed “Drop Tweeting”. Historically, the limitation with Twitter was the inability to share files, and so Drop.io developed a work around solution for that. The user simply drops their files at Drop.io, and gets their drop tweet code which gets sent out to all the user’s followers who can then use the code to access the file drop.

Offsite back has always been a problem for businesses and consumers alike, and so Drop.io developed a highly functional system using their cloud computers to offer a back-up with the back-ups being sent or accessed by means of email with up to the limit of one hundred megabytes of back-up per drop. One of the great benefits is the way systems can be automated to do offsite back-up drops on a regular schedule, say perhaps at the close of business every day. And these back-ups can over write that last one, or be set to keep accumulating so that many days or weeks of back-up data becomes a library of past transactions that can be called up and used at a future time.

Drop.io Bought by FaceBook

And so people have developed many diverse uses for Drop.io which have been supported and integrated into the functionality of Drop.io. People are able to send faxes from their Drop.io account. Or they can publish a podcast series, with a link to each one being sent out to all their FaceBook or Twitter followers. Family photo albums are similarly shared, updated and communicated quickly and efficiently. Certainly Sam Lessin the founder of Drop.io has a fertile mind and has been very productive in developing new applications for Internet users to benefit from. Sadly, he now works at Facebook since Facebook acquired Drop.io in late 2010, and the future development of Drop.io is far from certain.

With Facebooks massive financial and cloud computing resources, we all can only hope that Drop.io will continue its remarkable development path and technological superiority. The Internet needs progressive companies like Drop.io to fill in the gaps and to allow us to work around the sharing of every incrasing file sizes