If you cannot do it yourself, or if it costs to much to do it, buy someone else who already does it. Many big players on the Internet handle new projects or improvements to old projects this way.
This time it is the number one site on the Internet Facebook, that just bought the cloud based file sharing service Drop.io, or more precisely "most of drop.io’s technology and assets". In addition, Drop.io's Sam Lessin will be moving to Facebook. It is not clear what happens to the rest of the drop.io team, the official blog post does not mention anything related to that.
The takeover has consequences, the most noticeable that free users are not able to upload data to drop.io servers anymore. Only downloads are available for these users. Paid users do not have this restriction yet as they can continue to use the service normally. On December 15 however it is time to say goodbye for everyone, as paid accounts will be discontinued as well.
Paid users with important files on drop.io servers need to download these files to their computer until December 15, as drop.io plans to delete the data after that day.
No user data or content will be transferred to Facebook. Other drop.io services, like "Presslift, our Yahoo! Mail Application, and our APIs will stay online for a longer period before the company winds down".
The aquisition of drop.io gives Facebook access to file hosting and sharing technologies. It is likely that they plan to use the technology to improve or expand Facebook's offering in this space.
Maybe, and that is speculation on my part, free storage space for every Facebook user, or better handling of media contents shared on Facebook.
With another file hosting service gone, what's your favorite at this point in time? Let me know in the comments.
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