I get the feeling that almost everyone here is referencing/talking bout Dropbox the web version. I use the downloaded version of Dropbox on my computer. It looks like a folder on your computer:
I share a ton of Dropbox files because I'm a recruiter and I always send a link to a candidate's resume to the client before the interview.
Current Steps I have to take are:
Find the file in one of the folders
Right click the file
From the short cut menu that comes up, select "Copy Dropbox Link" (see image below)
That copies the loooooong dropbox url name for the file into my computer memory
Open up bit.ly
Paste in the long url - bit.ly shortens it to something like raegan.cc/AcX5lp
I then select the "customize url" in bit.ly so it looks like raegan.cc/janesresumepdf (example)
Way too many steps.
FEATURE REQUEST TO DROPBOX ****************
To be able to shorten the long Dropbox URL right from the file while in my Dropbox folder on my computer.
IDEA: Dropbox, in addition to having the option, "Copy Dropbox Link" have and option called "Shorten Dropbox Link" -
Partner with bit.ly.
Here's why: For starters, it's the #1 URL shortener and it has a feature customers use where we can create our own bit.ly branded url domain.
I have a bit.ly branded shorten domain name in bitly.ly called raegan.cc so when I shorten a a URL to send out FROM bit.ly it goes out like this "raegan.cc/janesresumepdf" or "raegan.cc/Auxo3b", etc.
But when I want to shorten the url for a Dropbox file (which is about 7 to 10 times a day), It takes 4 or 5 steps do to this.
Dropbox, would you consider partnering with bit.ly or creating some way to shorten your urls directly from Dropbox on the downloaded version? It wouldn't look spammy when people like me use a branded shortened url.
Dropbox, partner with bit.ly! I bet they would love to talk about it!
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