Drop.io, the file-sharing service, now allows you to share your media with others in real time. What’s this mean for users? Real time file-sharing makes drop.io more collaborative, and offers a wave of new possibilities for end users and developers that take advantage of drop.io’s platform for new applications. The new real time offering comes shortly after drop.io’s launching of its playlist functionality, which also adds another layer of usability to its browser-based media access page.
With real time file-sharing, multiple users with access to the same drop can witness changes made immediately. Participants can upload files, change the settings of the drop, and leave comments. There may not be too many reasons you can readily think of where such file-sharing would be needed. But coworkers within the same team, or a client-based relationship where files and media needs to be shared and viewed in real time from a remote location lend just two use case scenarios for drop.io’s new real time features.
When you think about it, the new real time file-sharing appears to work a lot like chat. Perhaps you’re wondering why you’d use drop.io instead of a media-supporting chat client, such as AIM or Yahoo, and in some cases gchat. But drop.io has curbed some of this potential competition by offering chat directly from the real-time drop windows.
The chat conversations are all archived, so it’s easy enough to scroll back and see the previously shared messages and comments between participants. The full-size chat room itself is quite like Basecamp in this effect, but may prove more usable and easier on the eyes regarding actual media sharing.
This isn’t the only way drop.io continues to ramp up its feature offering in order to become more competitive against Basecamp and the likes. Drop.io does have a set of APIs that enable developers to build third party applications with its products, including the new real-time collaborative offering. This vastly widents the range of options for both the developer community and drop.io itself when it comes to the types of applications that we’ll see being extended to users as a result.