Dropbox Doubles Up on Space for Referrals
One of my favorite places on the Cloud has begun building a second story for my virtual man cave.
Online storage and file sharing service Dropbox used to provide its members an additional 250 MB of space for each new person who joined from their personal referral link. (<-- This one is mine, by the way.)
As of April 3rd, according to the official Dropbox blog, this number has doubled, to 500 MB, and will continue growing with each new member brought into the fold. Emails began hitting user inboxes shortly thereafter, to let everyone know. My heads up arrived early this morning.
There's a 16 GB limit for account referrals, but it wasn't that long ago that 16 GB was a pretty decent size for one's PC or tablet computer. Many iPad users have the same file storage limit and do just fine with it. If you need more than that, for-pay accounts are available, and even the space provided for referring from a paid Pro account has jumped, to 1 GB per new user (with a limit of 32 GB).
The space upgrade comes not long after Dropbox began providing 5 GB free space for individuals willing to give their photo syncing service a whirl.
Dropbox, established in 2007 as a Y Combinator Startup by MIT grads Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowski, offers 2 GB of free online storage space to anyone, with no limits as to file types stored. As of last October, their membership roles were well over 50 million, and over $250 million in venture capital has kept the doors open.
Dropbox members can upload files using their PC or Mac, and share folders with others privately or open a folder to public use. Tablet and smartphone apps allow easy access to files on the run, and there are a variety of third-party apps tying into the popular storage service, in order to edit the files stored therein.
Nothing like more space to upload all of those photos of mixed drinks I've been learning to make this year, or all of my Spring backyard projects.
Feeling cheated for all those past referrals? Don't. According to their email, "Already invited a bunch of people? Don't worry! You'll get credited for all of them." So expect your Dropbox account to expand soon.