Remember Cubby? The file synchronization service launched back in April with features that Dropbox and many of the other file syncing solutions did not offer. Probably the biggest feature of Cubby is the ability to sync any folder with the cloud. That's right, you can simply add folders from any location to the desktop client to sync the data with the cloud. This is for obvious reasons more comfortable than having to work with a root folder.
Want to synchronize the profile of Firefox or Thunderbird with the cloud? You'd be hard pressed to do that with Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive. And even though it should be possible with some tweaking, it requires knowledge that most computer users may not have.
With Cubby, you simply select the profile folder, and everything else is handled by the application in the back. Another interesting feature is the option to synchronize directly between computer systems. This basically bypasses the cloud and works very well for computers in the same local area network and on the Internet, provided that Cubby is running on the systems.
Cubby is offering its users 5 Gigabytes of free online space which is a reasonable amount to start with. Dropbox users for instance get 2 Gigabytes initially, but can increase the storage by inviting other users or by taking part in promotions or beta tests. Part of Dropbox's success comes from the invite system, and that's what Cubby is now offering as well.
Cubby users get up to five Gigabytes of extra space when they invite five of their friends or contacts to the cloud hosting and synchronization service. The system works like Gmail's invite system back then when it was not available as a public service. You can invite up to five users by entering their email address on the Cubby web interface after logging in to your account there.
Cubby is invite only at the time of writing, and it feels like a clever marketing idea to increase the user base and spread the word about the service by adding an invite system into the product.
If you would like to try Cubby let me know in the comments and I send you an invite.
The second new feature is that sharing of files with email contacts is now unlimited. This is different from generating a public link for a file that anyone can access then. If you share a link with someone who is not already a Cubby member, an invitation to join is sent to that person's email address. This is the second option to send out invites for the service. (via Caschy)
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