Special thanks to Kevin Handsman, University of Maryland dietetic Intern, for this post.
Cloud storage is becoming more and more prominent in today’s society. “Cloud storage” is when you save your data to a remote database. You are connected to this database through the internet and it is managed by a third party. We upload to a cloud because it doesn’t take up our hardware’s storage space and because it protects us if we lose a flash drive or have problems with a computer. But what if the third party goes away? Our “cloud” could float away, too!
SocialFolders allows you to pull content from online to a folder on your computer, so you always have access to it, even without an internet connection. SocialFolders is based primarily in social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. However it also allows you to back-up documents such as Google docs and Evernote. Set up is as easy as downloading and selecting the services you want to connect to; the program automatically makes a “SocialFolders” folder for everything in your documents section.
SocialFolders isn’t just a way to back things up; it is also a great tool for uploading and sharing. Files on the device that you want to upload to social media just need to be added to that folder for easy uploading. Content on one social media site can also be easily transferred to another site. For example, you can upload all of your Instagram photos to Facebook with a simple drag and drop.
This program can be useful to nutrition professionals for several reasons. Because uploading to social media is so easy, adding pictures from an event to your social media site of choice is a breeze. It is also useful for moving pictures across social media if you decide to start using a new kind of social media. This saves tons of time in uploading. It is also useful because you can access your google docs offline, which is great if you go somewhere without internet. You will still be able to access the most recent version of the document before you lost an internet connection.
The basic version of the program is free. However, you can only use 3 services and download 2000 files. Although this gets you a fair amount of use, you can upgrade your service for free by getting friends to download it. You can send invites by email, Facebook, and Twitter; each person that downloads from you invite nets you 1 more service and 1000 more files! You can also pay $1.99/month or $9.99/month for unlimited services and files.
SocialFolders is a great tool for managing media and data. It’s designed to be simple and run in the background. Once you connect your services it will continue to back up your content without any prompting. It is one of those rare programs that just works. It truly makes managing media much easier and even the free version is great. Try it out, you won’t regret it!