Sneak Peek: Google Drive

Matt Stauffer

Chances are you already have a Google Account. You also may or may not have taken our advice to start syncing your files through the amazing (and innovative) Dropbox (see: “Getting Started With Dropbox.”)

Today Google announced their long-rumored Dropbox competitor, Google Drive. Google Drive does what Dropbox does (syncs your files to a web app and to other computers and devices, although 5GB for free instead of 2GB), and a little more: It also runs OCR text recognition on your files (like Evernote), offers a more complex and searchable online interface (think Google Docs), and merges your Google Docs account and your Google Drive account (so your Google Docs become accessible through your local computer).

There are a lot of benefits to be had from trying out Google’s new product, whether or not you used Dropbox before. There are also a few reasons not to: A) Google will now control even more of your/the Internet, B) supporting innovators like Dropbox not getting edged out by the big guy, C) the iOS app isn’t currently available, and D) many apps sync across computers via Dropbox and will take a while to incorporate Google Drive sync capability.

What do you think? Not only about Google Drive, but also about the potential for its use in campus ministry?

Note: As with any service of this sort, there have been questions raised about ownership of uploaded content (but Google has made it clear that what you upload to Google Drive still remains your property), so as always be mindful of the user license. Allowing cloud-based services to hold your content always runs a risk that you might not like their license and what it means they will do with your content, and it’s up to you, the end user, to make sure you’re comfortable with it.

By Matt Stauffer | Posted: Apr 24, 2012
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  1. May 3, 2012, 7:19 am | Permalink

    I like google drive, while I am a little disappointment that it isn’t more, and it is in many ways very similar to Dropbox I think it has potential. I use it for a certain subset of my documents. Mostly it is used for Google documents that I have had shared with me by other team members in my ministry or ones that I am sharing. I also use a few other free services however to complete my syncing repertoire.

    One service that I am using extensively for all my other documents right now is the Sky Drive client which is made my Microsoft and available for Mac and Windows. It has some things in common with this iteration of Google Drive. For a while Microsoft has had web based versions of Word and other basic office programs that you could use to edit documents you were storing in Sky Drive. It isn’t the same as Google Doc’s but it is fully compatible with MS Office Documents which is nice. It is how I open and edit documents on my netbook. New Sky Drive users can sync 7 GB of space, while people who have used it before can now sync the 25 GB of space they already had if they sign in and click a link to claim that space. So for me since I have 25 GB that gives me as much space as I should ever need for documents.

    I do still use free versions of Sugarsync and Dropbox for everything else. In the past I have recommended enough people to Sugarsync that I currently have over 11 GB there. You start off with 5 GB but whenever you refer someone both you and the person you are referring get an additional 500 MB. If you want to check it out and get an additional 500 MB through my link you can look at it here

    Anyway what I like about all of this is because I use different services for different things I have most of my life synced online for free. I don’t always have the syncing services for all of these running all the time. I typically only start up some services like SugarSync or Sky Drive or others when I am going to be using some of those files. Good article Matt!


  2. Paul Yoder
    May 19, 2012, 11:46 am | Permalink

    I thought about trying out Google Drive since I currently use Dropbox, but then I compared the privacy policy between Google Drive and Dropbox and I was surprised to find that anything I upload to Google Drive can be used by Google in whatever way they like. They can even publicly publish my files if they like! On the other hand, Dropbox’ privacy policy states they do not have any rights to my files. (see

    I don’t want to give Google permission to publish all my files, so I’m sticking with Dropbox.


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