File sharing and syncing service Dropbox has just released a great new feature: The ability to create a link to any file or folder in your Dropbox account. People following the link will be taken to a specially designed landing page that allows them to view or play your shared files right from their browser, and the links are ready-shortened; perfect for sharing via Twitter — here’s an example: http://db.tt/6LZQjh.
To create a sharable link:
- From the web or desktop app, pull up the context menu of the file/folder you’d like to share, then click “Get shareable link”
- This takes you to the page view of the file/folder you’re linking, and you can grab the link from the top of the page.
Note that to get his feature, you have to use the experimental beta build of version 0.8 of the desktop client (available to download here), not the current version. It doesn’t seem to be available via the web app until you download and install the beta build of the desktop client.
It’s perhaps a little surprising that it’s taken the Dropbox team until now to add this functionality, but now that they have, I expect we’ll start to see a lot of Dropbox’s db.tt links appearing in my Twitter feed.
Let us know what you think of the knew linking feature in the comments.
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