Saturday, November 29, 2008

Drop.io Cashes In

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On the recommendations of PC Magazine and my tech-savvy relative Jim B., I started using drop.io, which is a free drop service where users can store/share all kinds of files (documents, photos, videos, what have you). Now I have at least 10 separate drops, because the maximum storage is 100 MB per drop.

I always wondered where the money angle came in . . . till now. Two weeks ago, the functionality slowed and changed. Last week, the look changed. Voila! A new look and a new push toward "premium" (meaning "fee-based") services. The nifty flash feature for uploading multiple files simultaneously is not, alas, available for free.

A quick news search showed me that the company raised money not long ago. I can certainly understand investors wanting to cash in by monetizing a popular site.

Here's the question: How many users who were accustomed to the wonderful free functionality will upgrade to premium? Hard to say, but I know one user who will be dropping away from drop.io. It's been a handy tool and I'll miss it a little, but I'd need a lot more added value to go the fee-based route.

UPDATE Jan 2009: Apparently the multi-upload feature works fine in I-net Explorer but not so fine in Firefox (maybe because of FlashBlock, a handy add-in that keeps those flash ads away from view unless and until I click to watch). So I'm back on the free drop.io sites while running IE.

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