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'My Documents' Hits the Web

My Documents is something we all use. Whether you have a PC or a MAC, you are probably using some sort of documents folder. The major problem with storing your documents on one computer, is that you can’t access them from another computer?
Today, [TechCrunch](http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/09/04/docstoc-brings-my-documents-replacement-to-the-web/) broke the news on a new feature from [Docstoc](http://www.docstoc.com) called [MyDocs](http://www.docstoc.com/mydocs/) that allows you to store, edit, search, and even skin your files online:

MyDocs is essentially a dashboard for users’ documents, not unlike an online version of Windows’ My Documents folder. Users can skim through their files as thumbnails, search by keyword, sort each document into online folders, and modify each doc’s privacy settings. Most impressive is MyDoc’s Preview feature, which allows users to rapidly skim through full versions of their documents using Docstoc’s Flash-based Document viewer. In Preview mode, Docstoc displays a list of thumbnails down a sidebar and presents the document itself as part of the main window, allowing users to quickly browse through their documents. In practice this worked surprisingly well – documents opened within a few seconds (oftentimes faster than they would on the desktop), making MyDocs a viable alternative to the traditional My Documents Folder.

Visit [Docstoc](http://www.docstoc.com/mydocs/) for more information.

 'My Documents' Hits the Web
Neil Patel is the co-founder of KISSmetrics, an analytics provider that helps companies make better business decisions. Neil also blogs about marketing and entrepreneurship at Quick Sprout.

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10 thoughts on “'My Documents' Hits the Web

  1. Just watching you speak at IzeaFest, and as a German (but with an Indian father, RIP) I loved your comment about Indians rallying around your success…
    Nice input on the blogger panel.
    Now, back on topic: what worries me most about all these online storage facilities is… privacy and EULA terms that accord way too much freedom to the providers of these storage solutions.
    What about service provider security systems ? Cloud computing (which this is part of) reliability and availability ?
    I don’t store any critical information in a cloud environment exclusively – except in corporate (i.e. internal) managed environments with clearly defined privacy policies, and services that have been proven to meet well defined SLAs.
    Rob

  2. Just watching you speak at IzeaFest, and as a German (but with an Indian father, RIP) I loved your comment about Indians rallying around your success…
    Nice input on the blogger panel.
    Now, back on topic: what worries me most about all these online storage facilities is… privacy and EULA terms that accord way too much freedom to the providers of these storage solutions.
    What about service provider security systems ? Cloud computing (which this is part of) reliability and availability ?
    I don’t store any critical information in a cloud environment exclusively – except in corporate (i.e. internal) managed environments with clearly defined privacy policies, and services that have been proven to meet well defined SLAs.
    Rob

  3. Just watching you speak at IzeaFest, and as a German (but with an Indian father, RIP) I loved your comment about Indians rallying around your success…
    Nice input on the blogger panel.
    Now, back on topic: what worries me most about all these online storage facilities is… privacy and EULA terms that accord way too much freedom to the providers of these storage solutions.
    What about service provider security systems ? Cloud computing (which this is part of) reliability and availability ?
    I don’t store any critical information in a cloud environment exclusively – except in corporate (i.e. internal) managed environments with clearly defined privacy policies, and services that have been proven to meet well defined SLAs.
    Rob

  4. You should check out the Y Combinator deal called DropBox. I think they compete against DocStoc and MyDocs. Nevertheless – all this is very useful and I’ll look to choose one of these services.

  5. I think the million dollar question is how secure the service is. Most of us – among our “my documents” – have a lot of sensitive financial docs (excel spreadsheets, quicken), customer data, etc. Is the convenience of having “my documents” synchronized across various systems worth putting private docs up on the web? Maybe. Maybe not.

  6. Being an intern in a software development firm working on marketing, I’m somewhat limited to my hours in the office due to other obligations such as class and extra curriculars. This will be a great way for me to save my work on my computer in my office at work, and keep working on things once I get home.
    Thanks for the info!

  7. Being an intern in a software development firm working on marketing, I’m somewhat limited to my hours in the office due to other obligations such as class and extra curriculars. This will be a great way for me to save my work on my computer in my office at work, and keep working on things once I get home.
    Thanks for the info!