Dropbox alternative Cubby now with invite system for extra space

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 14, 2012
Updated • Dec 11, 2012

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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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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