Business insider had a story recently on how Dropbox is cutting costs. It involves a $100,000 giant chrome panda. With all the cash they could save by stop investing in chrome, maybe they can hire some web engineers?
I’m hooked on Dropbox. And I’m a paying customer. I collaborate with others in the Datasmoothie team via Dropbox and I have Word on my iPad which connects directly to my Dropbox folder. Beautiful. And until recently, all my photos were backed up to Dropbox as well.
But Dropbox has stagnated on the web. Log into the Dropbox web interface and your folders will look exactly the same as they did years ago. It feels like a flashback to 2010. One recent attempt to innovate on behalf of the user, the photo service called Carousel, was a usability and performance disaster (the mobile app was better). Dropbox pulled the plug on Carousel earlier this year (see the Dropbox announcement).
Dropbox are awesome on the back-end. Syncing your folders seamlessly across different operating systems is no small task and they do it well. But they need to replicate that on the web if they want to remain competitive. So as they morph into a more lean operation, spending less money on statues, they should consider spending cash on hiring some leading lights in web technology.
In the meantime, my photos are backed up by Google. Maybe in a few years time, my documents will be too. Unless Dropbox hires some web engineers.