I personally don’t use a lot of cloud functionalities. I don’t have back-ups in the cloud, I switched off Apples iCloud, because it drives me nuts. Also, it doesn’t provide any of the functionality that I would need.
I do share files with a co-worker, especially in hot pre-production phases. Mostly text files that would fit in an email, but we need a basic version control for fast iteration (its all stored locally of serious version control). Later in the process its big video and audio files. The problem here is the lock-in effect. He is on Dropbox, like almost everybody is. I could build up pressure to change that, but - you know… .
For my private use case I would like to be able to simply provide a direct download link for bigger files on my private site. And maybe sometimes link to files in a forum. That functionality of Dropbox was close to genius.
I looked at the usual dropbox alternativ sites and I never could figure out, if they have that direct-download-link-feature. And in a way this relates to web design. All of these sites have the same marketing copy, they all advertize photo sharing or some kind of mobile functionality and stuff, but I couldn’t find a decent list of features, that simply says if they have what I need or not. Its always calls to action and I recently started to really hate them.
Now, I could try, right? Setting up another account, thinking up another username/ password, getting familiar with the hermeneutics, trying this, trying that and in the end it really is just about sharing photos from my iPhone and all the stuff I don’t want. I know, I am too negativ.
I really like the idea of hosting my direct-downoad-linked-files on my own web space and maybe that is what I will be doing in the long run. One has to make decisions right, but I’d rather spend half an hour writing a forum post like this, than set up another account for a service that is like the other.