Dropbox-ease in to adopting new technologyJune 17, 2012 - Author: Jenelle Taylor, CAI BAS
I want to love technology, really I do. But as I’m sure some of you agree, when it comes to technology and things that are supposed to make my benefit auction management easier, the timespan from “intrigued about it” to “overwhelmed by it” falls in the single-digit minutes.
So I’ll try to help you eeeeeaaaassssseeee into it, start small, keep it understandable.
Dropbox. Simply put, it’s just some free space in “the Cloud”, a parking spot in the universe for you to either 1) store or 2) share some files or photos.
If all you ever use your Dropbox account for is safe storage, that’s still a good benefit. Your files can’t get lost, and you can access from your smart phone or any computer.
For benefit auctions, I use Dropbox to share the Power Point slide shows before an event. Since Power Point slides for Live Auction promotion are typically full of images (of the trip, jewelry, chef or celebrity), those files are always too large to send as an e-mail attachment.
- Now, I simply go to my Dropbox account
- Make a new Shared Folder for that client
- Upload the files and click Done,
- Then click the Options link to the right to invite others to view that file.
It’s fast, straightforward, free, and very helpful. Dropbox can also be used to share photos (say, after your event) with a bunch of people.
You get a fair amount of space free (2G) and you can Google ways to earn more space if you run out. If you don’t yet have a free Dropbox account,
here’s my link to check it out http://db.tt/xz7KlPqH
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