While working on tonight’s Evening Reading post, I came across a story about the recently deceased Eddie Bo. The story mentioned his song, Check Mr. Popeye and had the song queued up in an embedded player. From divShare. The player was compact, with volume control, and seemed reliable and stable. I was surprised that divShare hadn’t previously come across my radar.
So being a web scientist and all, I felt compelled to take a look at divShare.
The front page says free account users get 5GB of storage and 10GB of monthly bandwidth. That’s not bad at all. The sign up form is right there on the front page.
That’s pretty easy. Once you sign up, you’re presented with your “dashboard,” from which you can upload and manage your files.
It’s not the cleanest interface I’ve ever seen, but compared to Photobucket, which I use all the time, it is a work of sheer, unmitigated beauty. Let’s see if it passes my two-part online storage test.
Test one: does it have a drag and drop uploader? Why, yes it does.
Test two: does it allow direct links to files, to make it easier to share them on social networks sites, like Blip.fm, etc.? No, the free accounts don’t. But otherwise it has pretty flexible sharing options that almost make up for this deficiency. As noted above, I particularly like the compact embeddable player.
If you need more storage or bandwidth, divShare’s paid accounts look reasonable and generous.
And paid accounts have no ads, branded flash players, and direct file links (yeah baby).
All of this looks pretty doggone good. I’m still going steady with Dropbox (you and I get extra free space if you sign up for Dropbox via that handy link), but I have to admit, divShare is making my eyes wander a little.
I’m going to use divShare a little over the next few weeks and see how it goes, but on first impression- I’m impressed.
Related posts at Newsome.Org:
The State of Online Storage
ZumoDrive vs Dropbox
Bringing the Cloud to the People: What Does Google Know that Yahoo Doesn’t?
Tech for Grownups: My Online Toolbox (Part 1)
Creating a Private Cloud