The CEO of Dropbox, Drew Houston, has told Technology Review more than once that he is building the “file system for the Internet” (see here and here). But news from the company yesterday suggests they may actually be enabling something more – decentralized social networking that doesn’t rely on everyone’s content being entrusted to one central store, such as Facebook.
New photo sharing features to arrive in coming weeks make it easy for people to use Dropbox to share their snaps with friends via a social networks or email without having to actually hand over their photos to Facebook or anyone else, allowing them to retain more direct control over their images. Up to now Dropbox’s sharing options have been primarily designed for collaborative working. All this is significant because sharing photos is one of the primary use cases for social networks – I’ve heard from Facebook employees that photos are the most popular content on the site.
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