By NICHOLAS MOORE
Online cloud services have increased in popularity within the last couple years as the internet becomes larger and holds more data. Students and professionals alike have grown accustom to using services such as Google Documents and Dropbox for work-related projects and personal use. Google, which is the leader in online software, has recently released an updated version of Google Documents, Google Drive.
Drive has several features that make it a cut above the rest in cloud technology. First of all, it gives 5 GB of space to all of its users for free, including an extra GB for pictures through the Google picture-sharing service, Picasa. In comparison, Dropbox only offers 2 GB to its members. Furthermore, anyone can buy up to 16 TB of space (that is 16,000 GB) for $799.99/mo. That amount of space can hold an estimated one year or 1080 HD video.
For journalists, that amount of use isn’t practical, but this does vastly help journalists collaborating on stories and needing to share video, documents, notes, etc. There is no more searching through drawers for jump drives or discs, everything can be accessed just by logging on through your Google account.
Another helpful feature for journalists is that when stories are revised, previous versions are still saved. You can see the editing history of a document for up to 30 days, which can be very helpful through the editing process that happens in our industry. And, if you have quick comments to make to your editor or another person working on the story, discussions can be formed right on the document or file upon which you are working.
For those that have a Mac or PC, Drive can be put right onto your desktop for easy access. Also, for Android users, which is a operating system created by Google, a free app can be used so Drive can be used on the go, as well.