For me, one of the most stressful parts of working in a group is making sure everyone has their materials with them when you meet up. Sure, Suzy was in charge of bringing the graphs and Phil was in charge of bringing the research questions, but Suzy forgot her computer and Phil lost his flash drive. Boo Suzy and Phil! You both failed…unless you have saved your files to Box.net.
Box.net is a program that allows users to access their documents from any computer in the world. Box.net was founded in 2005 and has allowed more than three million users access to share their content with others since then.
Box.net allows people to form groups, and then group members can view and edit the documents in the shared files, hold discussions about the documents, and send messages between themselves. Users can also use other social media sites, like Facebook and Picnik, to share their Box.net documents.
Box.net offers three pricing plans, depending how long you plan to use the service and how extensively you want to access the service.
1. Free. There is a free trial program for everyone. With 1GB of web-storage, this plan allows you to get a feel for Box.net and determine if it is something you would be interested in.
2. Individual. This plan gives you 10GB of web-storage for sharing your documents. It costs only $9.95 a month and would be perfect for keeping current projects accessible, no matter where you are.
3. Business. This plan allows 45+GB of web-storage and costs $15 per month, per user. This plan could be used by any large student groups, such as a fraternity or sorority, to share important documents, such as a calendar of events or bi-laws.
So, if you are like me and hate having to lug around computers, flash drives, or printed copies of documents, then Box.net might be a great service to help keep you organized and allow you to access everything you need, no matter where you are.