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Send Files vs. Receive Files

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

When you visit the front page of fileai.com, you are asked what you would like to do: Send Files or Receive Files. Most people understand the point of the Send Files button, but some are not completely sure why and when they would ever want to choose the “Receive Files” button instead. I find it’s best to explain this with an example:

Let’s say there are two people, Bob and Dave, who work together. Bob is currently at the office at his computer, 5 minutes before he is going to go home. Dave has already left the office and is in his car driving home. He’ll be home in half an hour.

Bob and Dave are talking on the phone when they realize that Bob needs to send Dave some large media files so that Dave can finish up the big presentation they have first thing in the morning. They’re too big to e-mail, so Bob goes to fileai.com, clicks Send Files, drags-and-drops the folder of media files, e-mails the link to Dave, and goes home. When Dave gets home he opens his e-mail, clicks the link, and downloads the media files to his computer.

Makes sense, right? Now here comes the twist: What if it was Dave who needed to send some files from his computer at home to Bob at work? If there was only the Send Files button, Bob would have to wait at work for Dave to get home so that Dave could create the transfer and send Bob the link. Now, Bob’s really hungry, and he’s got a headache. He doesn’t want to wait around for half an hour for Dave to get home. So what does he do? He clicks the Receive Files button instead. :)

When Bob clicks Receive Files he chooses the folder where he wants the files to be downloaded to, e-mails the transfer link to Dave, and goes home. When Dave gets home he opens his e-mail, clicks the link, and is able to drag-and-drop the files, sending them to Bob’s computer.

Crisis averted, and everyone gets to go home on time.

Make sense? :)