Some companies are still scratching their heads over personal cloud storage, but online storage service Dropbox is millions of users ahead of them.
One hundred million, to be exact. Dropbox founder Drew Houston took to the web this week to share his many (many, many) thanks to the people who have helped push the company to a milestone 100 million users.
"Once upon a time, Dropbox had its humble beginnings in a Boston train station when I forgot my USB stick at home," Houston wrote in a blog post. "We're still unsure if it was fate or fluke, but one thing's stayed the same all these years: each of us has a unique reason for using Dropbox."
The company, which boasted 50 million users in February, is on track to compete with the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, which are building up their own cloud storage efforts. But the competition doesn't scare Houston, who, in an interview with The New York Times, said "those companies are busy trying to build something we had four years ago."
"We're out front," he told the Times, adding that Dropbox's main goal is to provide a service allowing people to save files from anywhere, regardless of "the logo on the back of the computer or device."
Logos may not matter, but expansion does. This fall, Dropbox partnered with Vimeo to ease the video-uploading process, by allowing users to connect the two sites and upload video files to Vimeo directly from their Dropbox folders.
Additionally, the storage service announced the ability to share stored files inside Facebook Groups, with the added ability to comment on and "like" shared Dropbox data. Any of those 100 million users can share notes with a study group or post a video among a family group from anywhere.
There are endless possibilities for Dropbox use, and the company wants to know how you're using it. "We'd like to hear what your Dropbox story is," Houston wrote in his blog. "We think it's worth sharing with a growing community."
If your story warms the hearts of Dropbox employees, it may be one of the hundred favorites chosen to receive 10GB of free storage space, for life. The top 10 stories will earn 100GB.
Earlier this month, the online storage company revealed a new blog, Dropbox at Work, aimed at the corporate crowd using the service to collaborate with co-workers, access business documents, and securely store information.