Drop.io: File Sharing With RSS = Endless Possibilities

I can't wait to see the varying educational uses we find for this newly emerging online tool: Drop.io (pronounced Drop-eee-oooh). A quick explanation from their site:

Drop.io enables you to create simple private exchange points called "drops."

The service has no email signup and no "accounts." Each drop is private, and only as accessible as you choose to deliberately make it. Create multiple drops, add any type of media, and share or subscribe as you want.

Each drop has four primary input methods – the web, email, voice, and fax – and a few secondary ones like ‘widgets’.
You realize, of course, that the cool part of this entire concept is the RSS feed that is created for your drop.
  • Post audio or video files into your drop and you've got an instant podcast. In fact, it even creates the player for you (too bad it's not embeddable).
  • Equally simple is the voice feature. Call in the drop and you've just created a podcast.
  • Fax documents into your drop (that once or twice a year that you actually need to receive a fax) and they're converted immediately into a PDF and then served out to your subscriber's iPods.
  • Embed the Drop.io widget in your blog post or wiki page and you've instantly given your readers a way to send you files. Password protect it if you're wary of strangers.
On the negative side of the tool is naming the drop. I cycled through about 15 different iterations of drapesdrop (darrendraper, draper, drapersdropiodrop, etc.) before I could find one that finally worked: http://drop.io/payattention. Feel free to check it out. You can even experiment if you'd like by adding files (in whatever manner floats your boat):
  • Post via email: payattention@drop.io
  • Post with a phone: 646-495-9204 x 23532
  • Use this cover sheet to send in a fax.
  • Or just use the widget below.

drop.io: simple private sharing

I'm telling you: The possibilities here are endless.

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