Dropbox has announced on its Facebook page deeper integration with the social media behemoth, which simplifies file sharing among friends, and perhaps portends "deeper" things to come between the cloud-based file sharing service, and the social networking go-to destination.
Simple to Set Up
Twitter announcement of Dropbox sharing on Facebook
The integration is simple. From the Dropbox Share page, go to Account settings, and click "Connect with Facebook." That brings you to a "Request for Permission" pop-up with the security levels of access the Dropbox App is requesting of your Facebook account. This includes "Access my basic information," "Post on my behalf," and "Access my data any time." Click "Allow" to proceed with the integration.
Pick a folder you want to share, and now select "friends" to share with, rather than "contacts" with e-mail addresses. There is also a Connect with Twitter link on that same Dropbox Account Settings page. The status is updated and, to disconnect, press the "unlink" URL.
Exploring New Ways to Share
Many see this shift as evidence of a much bigger movement within Dropbox to tie its future services deep within Facebook. The company hitched it wagon to the Facebook star last month with the announcement of its acquisition of start-up company Cove and the two key executives that came with the company -- former Facebook icons, Aditya Agarwal and Ruchi Sanghvi (director of engineering and principal product manager respectively), who both joined the Dropbox management team.
Jon Ying also wrote on the Dropbox company blog about its new engineering muscle from the Cove acquisition, and the work of Akhil Wabi, "...an architect of Facebook’s search system, and built much of their core infrastructure for storing a graph database. You’ve probably used a lot of his work if you’ve used Facebook Share or Notes," Ying wrote. Also, not much was know about Cove, in stealth mode when bought by Dropbox, but Ying hints in the blog that the company "...developed great tools for sharing and indexing your stuff across groups of people."