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More HTML5 Goodness

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Hi everyone,

It’s the start of a new week and back to business as usual here at MediaFire – which means the team is hard at work on more updates and improvements to the site. Today we released another update to the codebase with some very cool new enhancements.

Enhancement 1: HTML5 localStorage
The biggest enhancement that I have to report is that we’ve enabled HTML5 localStorage for browsers that support it. We’re using this technology to cache most of the file and folder data for your My Files page on your computer, greatly increasing the speed of browsing though your files. This means that My Files pages and folder pages load almost instantaneously for most users. This feature is only available to registered users (pro and non-pro) and can be managed through the My Account -> Persistent Storage control panel.

Enhancement 2: “Save File to Account” target folder selection
This one is pretty straight forward. Sometimes when you receive a file you might just want to store it in your MediaFire account rather than download it to you computer. MediaFire has let you do this for some time now, but now we make it possible for you to select the destination where you want to save it.

Enhancement 3: Linked-folder content now updates “real-time”
Like the rest of the contents of your MyFiles pages, now linked-folders also update in “real-time” (every 30 seconds). Since linked-folders are folders that are shared between MediaFire accounts, now any changes made by one of the linked users will be seen by everyone else who’s linked almost immediately without having to refresh their files list in the browser.

As always, let us know what you think! We’re working on some other cool new products so keep your eyes out for a soft-launch sometime soon.

Tom Langridge – Co-Founder, Corporate Communications

MediaFire’s Position in the Cloud Storage Market

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Recently there has been extensive media coverage of the United States Government’s shut down of MegaUpload.com which has drawn attention to the entire cloud storage market as a whole. While I can’t speak to the allegations against MegaUpload, I’d like to just take this opportunity to clarify some misconceptions about MediaFire that I’ve seen recently.

MediaFire offers a free, secure, and unlimited cloud storage service for users to upload and share data with their customers, colleagues, friends, and family. MediaFire’s Professional and Business plans offer uploaders additional functionality like company branding tools, analytics tools, and multi-seat employee accounts.

MediaFire’s premium services are based on a user’s ability to upload data and pay to distribute it. This storage and sharing model is similar to Akamai, Amazon S3, YouSendIt, etc. MediaFire has no caps or restrictions for downloading data and each upload is limited to a maximum size of 200MB for non-premium users.

Most importantly, people choose MediaFire because it offers high quality services that are simple to use and extremely powerful. We incorporate the latest HTML5 technologies, the most advanced user interfaces, and are constantly expanding our services with features requested by businesses and professionals. In Q2 2012, MediaFire will redefine how people access and manage their data and how they interact with the cloud by releasing long-in-development desktop and mobile applications that solve problems Microsoft, Dropbox, and Box fail to address.

A little more about MediaFire:

MediaFire was founded in 2006 and is based near Houston, Texas. MediaFire is used by people at 86% of Fortune 500 companies and is currently ranked in the top 100 websites globally by Amazon’s Alexa and Google/DoubleClick’s Ad Planner services.

Thanks again everyone, especially to our fans who we’ve heard loud and clear evangelizing the benefits of our service. It’s easy for us to get caught up in building our technology and services and we haven’t spent enough time espousing our own benefits and differentiators. The cloud is an incredibly convenient and powerful tool for many professionals, businesses and individuals. At MediaFire, we are committed to continuing to innovate on this technology and provide it to our users in new, simple, ethical and cost effective ways.

Tom Langridge – Co-Founder, Corporate Communications

SOPA Day at MediaFire

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Today MediaFire joins millions of Internet users, entrepreneurs and the growing number of responsible internet companies including Google, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Wikipedia, Mozilla and Yahoo in opposition to the proposed HR3261 (SOPA) and S968 (PIPA). These two proposed legislations – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate – jeopardize the freedom, innovation and economic opportunity that the Internet enables and would seriously damage the free and open Internet itself.

Many websites will be going offline today. We sympathize and respect their decision to do so, but it’s not the right way to protest for us. As always, we will continue to provide you with access to your files and file sharing system. As such, we are instead joining the anti-SOPA/PIPA movement by encouraging all of our users to take all available actions to help stop these legislations from passing and displaying a banner across all of our pages and linking to AmericanCensorship.org – a simple and informative website by a non-profit working to defend online freedom.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th and time is of the essence to stop this bill from passing. SOPA and PIPA are too dangerous to revise and must be stopped entirely. We urge you to join us by contacting your local representatives and requesting that they vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.

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How to Stay Organized in 2012 with MediaFire

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

From all of us here at MediaFire to all of you and yours – Happy New Year, everyone!

Here are some tips you can use with MediaFire to help you stay better organized in 2012:

Archive old files

Information overload isn’t just a catch-phrase. The longer you have your system, the more stuff you collect on your hard drive.  It’s your the growing collection of digital pictures from your ever increasing in megapixles digital camera, or your music collection that spans decades of your changing tastes.  A great way to reduce this load on your system and your brain is to archive these files off onto a separate storage location, freeing up hard-drive space and clearing out distractions.  With MediaFire’s unlimited storage, you can upload all those old files into folders you create in your account, and then delete the data from your local computer without fear of losing quick access to your files.

Use consistent methods for file and folder naming

When creating your file structure on MediaFire, it’s important to develop a naming scheme for the files you most commonly use and then stick to it.  Clear folder names and structures will help you find your data later and save you lots of time in the long run.  Consider folder structures that mirror folders on your desktop to make it easier for you to remember where your archived files might be.

Keep names short

Even though MediaFire allows you to create long folder names, in general it is a good practice to avoid doing so.  Long folder and file names are harder to read and clutter up your interface.  Instead, let your folder structure do some of the naming for you.  For a file named 2012 New Years Resolutions Weight Loss Weight Tracking Spreadsheet.xls you can build a structure like this:

Store like with like

Keeping your files organized in your folders by file type makes it easier for you to find your files and better utilize some of MediaFire’s viewing and sharing tools.  For example, if you keep all of your image files for a project or event together in a folder, you can easily view and share them as an image gallery by clicking the image gallery tab.

Hope these tips help you get a great start on 2012! Cheers!

Tom Langridge – Co-Founder, VP Corporate Communications