By being the best file sharing service member you can be, you make your users’ lives better.
If you stay true to this philosophy, here are some tips for how to do it:
1) Make the members of your communities feel safe and secure.
2) Show that you care about the quality of their files.
3) Be patient with them. Give them a chance to find what they’re looking for.
4) Give them a good reason to keep coming back.
5) Don’t do anything too complicated or overly involved yourself. The less of your own work is involved, the more accessible it will be for your users and thus the better it will be for everyone.
2. Joining a file sharing service: what to look for
If you are a member of a file sharing service and it’s working for you, then you have no reason to complain. In fact, it could be the most memorable part of your day. But if that service is bringing in just a few bucks per month, and your file sharing experience is terrible, then you might want to consider changing providers.
If I had my druthers, I wouldn’t join any file sharing service at all. The majority of my time is spent on things other than file sharing (i.e., reading comics), so there’s no reason to waste time with crap like that. But as someone who belongs to dozens of services and absolutely loves them all, I do have some useful tips for people who want to make the move from one service to another:
• Join the list! Before joining any new service, generate a list of all the good ones you already use and which ones offer anything different from what they’re already doing — those that are worth trying out are always worth trying out!
• Join an affiliate program . Look for sites where people who link from their websites get paid; this is something that matters a lot as far as privacy goes (and also helps grow your referral traffic).
• Try not to be too picky about what kind of files you want to share: share whatever works for you, because if you find something better than what they offer it could be a huge coup for them (or at least make them look better in Google searches.)
Related: File Sharing Services Compared by Satisfaction Ratings
3. How to be a good file sharing service member
“File Sharing Reviews” is a series of reviews about file sharing services such as Dropbox and Box. I hope to do this for an entire month in order to provide you with some great reviews.
When it comes to file sharing, the market is flooded with options, and it’s hard to know which one you should choose. That’s why I’m writing this article so that you can make an informed decision regarding the different options available.
I will try to discuss each of the major service providers (Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc.) in detail and give my opinion on each BestMixer. Hopefully these tips will help you make an informed decision about which one is right for you.
4. The benefits of being a good file sharing service member
I’m a member of many file sharing websites, but I have never used any of them. I have a few ideas about why this might be, but none of them make much sense to me. So I’m asking you:
What is your favorite file sharing website?
Having a favorite is an important quality in life. Mine happens to be Flickr. It’s not that it’s better than the others; it just has a special place in my heart for its simplicity and directness. It feels like there is no other place on the Internet where you can freely share things with everyone and find out what they think about them. There are other photo sharing sites which are more complicated or specialized, but none of them go above the basics; it’s clear what you want to share with whom and it doesn’t get in your way when you want to do something else (at least not yet).
People often say that file sharing makes people lazy, that they don’t want to lose their files when they move house or switch phones or get married or whatever (a true statement). But if that were true… I would tell people this right now: take my word for it: you don’t want to lose your files when you move house or switch phones or get married or whatever. It would be really annoying to know that one day while transferring photos from one hard drive to another, somewhere in the background your photo library will become inaccessible because someone else has a copy of them on their laptop! That would suck! If being lazy means having no such worries, then yes -file sharing sites should be avoided like the plague –especially those which ask for photos taken by customers and then sell those photos as part of their service (which is why there are so many “sellersware sites” –but only a very small percentage actually do anything useful).
But for some reason most people decide instead to read this article anyway and then decide “oh well I don’t need this kind of service anyway… maybe I’ll use one another instead?” My guess is that if this happened more often people would start figuring out how useful these services really are and spend more time thinking about how they could benefit themselves in return for using them.
5. file sharing services: which one is right for you?
I am a very heavy file sharing user and I have used many different file sharing services. Here is a list of my favourite ones along with their pros and cons.
1. Pinsher – The best custom made app for Android by far. It has amazing features such as offline support, an in-app news feed, sync with Dropbox etc which is just freaking amazing and it also has great pricing plans.
2. FastestFile – This is probably my next favourite app because it’s free but it’s so good that I keep recommending it to people who ask me about file sharing apps as well as other apps (it has got some pretty cool free features).
3. Dropbox – This one is probably the most popular and widely used file sharing app out there but if you want to use it on your device then you need to download the desktop version of Dropbox which isn’t available on the Play store (and doesn’t work with some devices like the Nexus 5). However, Dropbox is becoming more stable so you might want to consider switching from Pinsher to this one if you don’t mind using a desktop client: https://www.dropbox.com/download/file-sharing-client-desktop_pinsher
4. BitTorrent Sync – This one works great on Android devices but you have to download it first from the Play store (or other app stores) instead of using their desktop client: https://www.btsyncappstore.com/download/
5. ShareFile – Another old standby that works well for Android devices but not all users are happy with its slow loading speeds.
This post talks about the importance of starting a new file sharing service, or at least trying to do so. It is a meaningful goal for many people and something which can be extremely hard to achieve.
However, I think it is quite clear that there are a number of things you can do to help this happen. In this post I want to talk about how any one of these actions could help you in your pursuit of getting your own file sharing service up and running, whether it’s via Github, BitTorrent, an XMPP server or some other infrastructure.
First and foremost, let me tell you that because there are many great things about being a part of the open source community– we have access to great software for free and we can collaborate with other folks in our community on all sorts of cool projects– the real question is “how do I get started”? Below I will discuss some best practices for setting up your personal infrastructure so that you can use it as a tool in helping you get started with your project.
(Note: what follows is an excerpt from how to become the best file sharing service member you can be—best practice advice I give to my personal visitors. Feel free to share the link in your own posts.)
There are a lot of different ways that one could set up their own public infrastructure for uploading files without having any special containers built into their system (which means they need not be architected as such). However, it seems much more useful if one could start with an existing tool like git-annex . This should then provide all the relevant information needed for setting up a public infrastructure as well as make it easy for users/developers/contributors/etc who want to work on their own custom container(s) (i.e., no need for new configuration files).
Here are some tips:
1) First and foremost, always use git-annex , whether on its own or not. If you don’t already have git-annex installed on your system it will be installed automatically by make install . If it isn’t already installed on your system then there are two ways: either download and install git-annex , which will suffice most needs; or download and install git-aix , which will allow repositories created by git-annex also be committed directly into /usr/local/share/git-aix. Then run: make install (or sudo make install).