First Small Iteration Of Jumpshare, “New” Button Removed

After launching Jumpshare to the public and analyzing how everyone shares files in the past few days, we have come to the conclusion that users are not used to the concept of “New” button when sharing files. The word “New” is confusing, does it add new files or starts a new folder to share?

Originally we wanted to make sure that users are only able to open one session (folder) at a time to prevent mass file sharing by spammers. After sharing the files, users would have to open a new session by clicking the “New” button. However, it didn’t work out as we wished it would. We noticed that more and more users were clicking the “Jumpshare” logo to go back to homepage. When they clicked the “New” button, they lost access to their files, i.e, they could not add or remove files later on.

By adding a simple functionality to prevent mass file sharing by spammers, we were ruining the user experience for 99% of our user base.

Having the “New” button had the following drawbacks:

  1. Users were confused whether to click the logo or the “New” button to start over again.
  2. Users confused “New” with adding new files in folder.
  3. Users could not save the link and go back to it later to add or remove files.
  4. Users lost access to the files when they went back to homepage, closed their browser, or restarted their computer, all of which expired their session.

By doing away with the “New” button, we have fixed all of the above. Users can now save their link and go back to it later within 2 weeks (14 days) to add or remove files from their folder. The recipient with whom you shared the files will see the changes you make in real-time.

It’s a small change that will have a big impact on the way users interact with Jumpshare. I hope you all like this change, if there is anything you want us to improve or fix, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Jumpshare Launched!

After more than a year of development and countless iterations, it’s finally here. This post marks the beginning of Jumpshare’s launch to the public. Many of you know me as as the founder of popular tech blog AddictiveTips, who left the editorial position in 2011. Some wondered why I chose to go into the file sharing space. It is a risky market, where one has to remain competitive and also pay huge hosting costs; think about huge operation costs; web servers, conversion servers, storage servers, bandwidth, and finally scaling it all. Out of all the promising ideas, I chose the riskiest one because I strongly believe that the services that exist today are not enough to truly make the pain of file sharing go away.

It’s 2012, and file sharing has not evolved past the point of having fancy UIs and an option to download the files. In the world where everything is about consumption, file sharing has lagged behind. With Jumpshare, we plan on changing that. To start with, we support viewing of more than 150 different file formats, with more being added weekly. For now, you can only view the files on your desktop but soon we will optimize them for mobile phones and tablets, so that you can access them anytime, anywhere, while on the go.

Jumpshare uses an internally developed engine to show you documents, presentations and spreadsheets. The engine, which we’ve spent considerable time developing, is in early beta, and we will continue to gradually improve it until the output gets nods of approval from our users.

At the moment, all files that you share will automatically expire after 2 weeks. Coming up next are user accounts, where you can store your files and not worry about their expiration.

Jumpshare today is only 1% of what I have envisioned it to be, and I plan to see it through till the end. Needless to say, none of this would have been possible without the dedication of the team. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we believe that with your feedback, we can make it better with every passing day.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy using it as much as we do. Happy sharing!

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