I’ll have to admit: I’m a recent convert to the power of Dropbox, but if you know anything about me you know that once I commit, I commit.
And, that means that it’s extremely effective at what I need it to do. In other words, it’s just a darn good application or service. Dropbox has proven it’s worth (so far), and for the uninitiated, Dropbox is essentially a data backup, storage, and sharing service that is web based.
It’s free (to start) and compatible with Windows, Mac, or Linux machines. You can install Dropbox on any machine (multiple machines) and access the same data anywhere. Just imagine being able to have a universal folder of files and data on any computer.
And although you can read the full feature list here, below are 5 reasons why I could imagine your ministry using it successfully:
1. Your Files, Anywhere, Anytime, Safe, Secure
Once you finish downloading the software you get a nice little folder in your computer. You just drag and drop any folder or file into it and voila, Dropbox will automatically put it up on a remote server which is now accessible anywhere.
No worries about backups or if your system is fried. Dropbox has got your files for your organization or team. Accidentally delete something? Dropbox will store that file for 30 days too.
2. Sharing is Caring
Dropbox lets you share. But, not only can you share files with your team and ministry, but you can share files with others that don’t use Dropbox.
All you have to do is invite them by email to share folders and files and that’s it. Or, put them in your “public” folder for easy viewing. We all know that you’ve got tons of communication needs and that you need to pass files (sometimes large) back and forth… well, Dropbox can help your team do that.
3. Ministry Everywhere
We all know that ministry doesn’t just happen in the office or in front of a computer; you’re going to go places, people to see, things to do. With Dropbox you can rest assured that you’ll have access to those critical files wherever you go.
You can even view the from your mobile phone, iPhone, iPod Touch, etc. The USB thumb drives are a thing of the past!
4. An Opportunity to Learn
This might not sound like a very compelling reason to start using Dropbox but I think it is: It’s an opportunity to use a high-impact, practical, and valuable online service.
As the “tech” guy, this might be a great way to introduce your team (and ministry) to the future of web computing. There will be an opportunity to learn about file sync, data transfer, managing content, and more. I’ve engaged with so many ministries who can’t seem to “break through” that wall of using online tools; Dropbox is something I’ll now introduce to them as a stepping stone to using other more powerful online applications.
Educational opportunities are everywhere, and if they produce high value (of course) then do it.
To start, it’s simply free. You can get more space if you invite others via your personal invite code (think strategically: create a team Dropbox so you can increase that collective box!) but when you cap out you can always purchase more, and it’s relatively cheap.
Introducing a zero dollar app to your team and ministry shouldn’t be too hard, right?
Go for it.