drop.io, which offered a quick and versatile way to upload and share all kinds of files, from pictures to videos to documents will be shutting down December 15th
and deleting all user data. Nothing's being
rolled over to Facebook, so current drop.io users have less than two
months to download all their files before they're deleted. No new free
drops can be created after today.
According to the drop.io blog, Facebook has purchased "most of drop.io's
technology and assets," and hired drop.io's Sam Lessin. This seems like
a pretty strong signal that Facebook wants to get into the file sharing
and storage game in a bigger way, allowing users to casually and
privately share media the way drop.io does now. Facebook is strong in
the photo sharing department -- in fact, it's the #1 photo sharing site
in the world -- but sharing audio, video and docs on FB still leaves a
lot to be desired. Facebook's preexisting social graph, combined with
drop.io's cloud-based sharing technology, could easily become one of the
leading services for sharing files with friends.