Are you familiar with the symbol shown here? It’s that of Dropbox, which the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club just joined.
Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox Inc. of San Francisco. It offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Using it, individuals or organizations are able to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which device is used to view it.
Files placed in this folder also are accessible via the Dropbox website and mobile apps. Dropbox uses a “freemium” business model, wherein users are offered a free account with a set storage size or paid subscriptions for accounts with more capacity. Initially, at least, we are using the “freemium” model to see how much use we will get from our Dropbox.
We’ve already done some work with Dropbox to help create our new “Program Presentation Archive” on the club website. (That’s its logo on the left.) Two different members and one guest were able to drop copies of the PowerPoint shows they have presented to the club into the SRC Rotary Dropbox. From there, we were able to easily extract the slides/images we wanted, converted them to PDF documents, and placed them in the archive.
It is the hope of the club’s “techie worker bees” that this addition to our lineup of methods of communication — email, website/blog, Facebook, and Twitter — will continue to help us grow and share news and information with each other and the community at large. Please feel free to make use of the SRC Rotary Dropbox account.