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How to make Dropbox even more awesome

Image Credit: This not really relevant image is from the Dropbox Blog.

[pq]I heart Dropbox. It is incredibly useful, but an automated Dropbox is even better.[/pq] There’s no point me giving you my referral link because referrals are full. But other people might like to share theirs in the comments to get a little bit more space. Also. To get more space you should do Dropbox’s nine step introductory challenge thing.

I’ve been trying to make Dropbox the central point of getting my life organised and a bit more automated. I also signed up for Google Drive this week, which means I’ve got another 5GB of cloud storage to play with, it seems pretty integrated with the Google services I use anyway, but I don’t think it’s a Dropbox killer.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to make Dropbox awesome.

1. Send to Dropbox – ever get an email with an attachment that would be handy somewhere in your Dropbox managed life? I know I do. Especially PDF files of journal articles that I email myself from the online journal database we use at college. I’ve set up a rule so that any email from this service gets forwarded to the email address that Send to Dropbox provides, and then this file magically appears in my Dropbox folder, which is called “Attachments”…

2. If I start sending stuff other than such essays to this folder, things are going to start getting confused in that folder. So I use Wappwolf’s Dropbox Automator to move everything in that attachments folder into a folder called Sortbox. Wappwolf does heaps of stuff, Lifehacker has some cool tips.

3. Sortbox is a sorting tool that is pretty much made redundant by the incredible range of tools available on Wappwolf, but it allows you to make rules based on specific file types and names, it’s a bit simpler than Wappwolf, and might be a good starting point if you don’t want to spend time figuring out what you can get done with Wappwolf. Once a file is in Sortbox I have a rule that sends all my files from the journal provider, which start with ATLA into a folder called Essays. Wappwolf then takes over again, and uploads any file in essays to google docs. Also in a folder called Essays. I’m not sure that this step is necessary. But I also save the working versions of my essays, in word, into this folder, and this gives me a backup on Dropbox, and Google Docs.

4. If this then that is a fun automated tool that helps you make life awesomer and more automated. It lets you do all sorts of fun stuff with Dropbox and other web services. So, for example, if somebody tags me in a photo on Facebook, ifttt shoots it to a folder in my Dropbox. This is a pretty useless little recipe, but there are all sorts of ways to use this. Also, when I take a photo with Instagram, it goes to a folder in my Dropbox. Ifttt has 21 different channels that you can play with, some are more friendly with Dropbox than others.

5. I also sync my Dropbox, particularly my essay folder, with my favourite iPad annotation app, GoodReader. Which means I can read and take notes for my essays on the road.

6. Stuff I scan using my Doxie Go also goes into Dropbox, and one day, when I’m feeling really organised, this will lead to more awesome automated rules.

How to get more dropbox space in a slightly tricky fashion

So my recent Dropbox ad giveaway was pretty popular, and while I was scrounging around to see if I could get more free advertising dollars I came across this offer from Google. Because I work as a web and social media consultant (and I do), I could sign up to become a Google Engage Partner.

They give me a bunch of $75 vouchers. You set up a google adwords account (using a gmail address, and registering at google.com/adwords). I send you a voucher code. You build your own $75 ad campaign with your dropbox referral link.

We all win. Except me. But I get to give something away. First ten people who meet these criteria can have a code:

  • Vouchers can only be used on new accounts opened in the last 14 days with a new billing address located in Australia or New Zealand.
  • An AdWords account can use only one voucher.

PS email me to get the code, my address is floating around on the site somewhere. If you want to hire me as a consultant you can use that email address too. Though I’m currently fairly flat out.

How to get more Dropbox space for free, but not from me

So my special dropbox offer from Sunday proved pretty popular – and sadly all the spots are full. I’m learning about google ads. And it’s really hard to juggle a bunch of advertising campaigns all using the same keywords so that the love is fairly shared around equally.

But anyway. My google credit is almost gone. Some people have told me they’ve got referrals. If you haven’t – and you were one of the people who gave me your referral link, let me know. And I’ll see if I can tweak things slightly.

But anyway. Here are some tips if you missed out, which I only read about today as I was ferreting around for more ways to boost my space.

You can grab more space by playing the social game. Just go to http://dropbox.com/free.

And, as a better bonus, for those people who are currently students, or employed by an educational institution, or in the possession of an alumni .edu email address – you can double the bonus you get for a successful referral by visiting http://dropbox.com/edu – they’ll even double the space they’ve given you for previous referrals. Which would be great. If QTC gave its students .edu addresses.

If you don’t Dropbox – check it out via this link: http://db.tt/ZClCQFXi (which will give me a little bit more space).

How to get more Dropbox space from me for free

Dropbox is, without doubt, the coolest and most useful webapp/utility going round. If you don’t use it – click here – and sign up via my referral link. Then I’ll get some extra space.

The referral system is a brilliant way for Dropbox to grow, and it’s at the heart of this post.

Dropbox offers 250 megabytes per referral in online storage space, and everybody has one of those referral links.

I have a Google adwords account. I used it to play around with some ad stuff a while ago. When I signed up, Google gave me $75 of free advertising. This week they gave me another $100 for some reason.

So I set up an ad for Dropbox using my referral link. I’d read about this trick on Lifehacker. 18 free dollars later, I’m up to 6GB in Dropbox space, and I still have a bit of Google money left.

So I’m willing to offer the first five people who ask in the comments here their very own ad with their very own referral link – just email it to me, or post it as a link in the comments. I don’t mind. I’ll put $10 of my google credit towards your campaign.

It seems to work better during office hours in a non-Australian timezone – ie I got most of my clicks overnight on Thursday, our time.

So anyway. Hit me up. And if you don’t use Dropbox already, click here.

UPDATE: The five slots filled up pretty quickly. Sorry to those who missed out.

Two types of people

There are two types of people in this world – those who think Dropbox is awesome and those who don’t know what it is.

You can now get Dropbox on your iPhone. Awesome…

For the uninitiated – Dropbox is a file syncing program with 2GB of online storage space.