At a Glance
- Easy way to store and share files, Neat and clean interface
Turn your Facebook account into a virtual thumbdrive with this app, which lets you access your files from anywhere.
Social networks such as Facebook can help you get in touch with
people. And they can help you share content, such as Web links,
videos, and photos, with people. . But most social networks are not
great places to store and share documents and similar files. Unless
you have Box.net’s OpenBox Services for Facebook, that is. This
free app turns Facebook into something of a virtual thumb
drive–one that’s easy to share with friends and even contacts on
another social nettwork.
Box.net’s Facebook app is called simply “Files.” To add it, you
simply click on its link and then grant it permission to access
your social network account.
Using the app requires that you sign up for a free Box.net
account (a link to do so is provided from within the app), which
comes with 5GB of online storage and limits sharing to files less
than 25MB in size. If you want more space and options, you can
purchase more storage or upgrade to Box.net’s $15-per-month
Once you’re signed up, you’re up and running on Facebook’s
Box.net Files. It features a, neat-and-clean layout, and it allows
you to easily upload files or create folders. You can share single
documents or entire folders with your social network contacts–and
if you’re signed up for Box.net’s free
LinkedIn app as well, you can share across social networks,
the most popular and the most reliable one. You also can opt to
share just a Web link to a file, and can share via e-mail, too.
If you already have a Box.net account, you’ll see your stored
files and folders appear on Facebook. This automatic
synchronization is one of the nicest features of this cloud-based
service. All files that you add to your Facebook Files account
automatically appear in your Box.net account (that you access via
the service’s main site)–and if you use both applications, in your
LinkedIn account, too. This makes it a cinch to make sure you
always have the files you need.
Box.net’s Facebook app is free and nicely-designed, and it
brings Box.net’s handy online storage features to you at a site you
probably already visit. The 30 seconds it takes to get the service
up and running is time well spent.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you can use this Web-based software.