Google gets into the YouSendIt business: send 250MB attachments with Google Docs

Google is getting into the YouSendIt business: the free Google Docs now supports file-hosting of up to 250MB, along with access-restrictions based on Google accounts (just like other Google Docs). I'm thinking the 250MB limit has more to do with keeping the MPAA happy than any kind of technical limitation. But this will be well useful -- I've been tossing around big chunks of uncompressed audio for my upcoming experimental short-story collection's audiobook edition, and something like this would have been a godsend.
Because Google Docs now supports files up to 250 MB in size, which is larger than the attachment limit on most email applications, you'll be able to backup large graphics files, RAW photos, ZIP archives and much more to the cloud. More importantly, instead of carrying a USB drive, you can now use Google Docs as a more convenient option for accessing your files on different computers.
Upload your files and access them anywhere with Google Docs (via /.)


  1. Folks here probably know this, but there’s a handy little freeware program called hjsplit that can break a file up into chunks and then stick ’em back together again for you.

  2. I’ll second the thumbs-up for Dropbox. It’s unobtrusive, and gets the job done nicely. Free version gives you 2GB of automatically-synced data, and it’s cross-platform, too!

  3. I know they’re the devil, but I much prefer microsoft’s livemesh to dropbox. The storage limit is 5GB.

  4. The quoted piece has “ZIP archives” and “USB drive” right above each other, and my eye skipped down and read it as “ZIP drive.” I immediately thought, “who the hell still uses those??”

    Ahh, ZIP drives… how much do I not miss you?

  5. Good for Google, but like everyone else they will have a long road to beating Dropbox. DB syncs and even keeps versions for you. And it just works, seamlessly.

    The current “viral” Dropbox promotion can increase the free 2GB limit by 256MBs for each referral. It’s hard not to refer Dropbox.

  6. Overlooking the fact of giving google more control over your data, 250 mb is tiny and not very useful. If I want to access my data (away from home) a 4 gb thumb drive seems like a much better option, plus I don’t have to worry about some corporation building a profile on me.

    On the other hand, if you are collaborating with people across the country or globe, sending larger files via google docs would be awesome while working on a project together in google wave.

  7. “…you can now use Google Docs as a more convenient option for accessing your files on different computers.”

    As long as you don’t mind waiting for the download. At 5 Mbps (= 0.5 MBps), I’d have to wait a little over 8 minutes. And that’s on a good day. I use 5 Mbps because that’s the fastest I’ve seen from my cable provider.

  8. 250 MB appears to be the limit per file. There’s a 1 GB storage limit on free accounts, but you can purchase additional storage pretty cheap. From the linked page:

    • 20 GB ($5.00 USD per year)
    • 80 GB ($20.00 USD per year)
    • 200 GB ($50.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card
    • 400 GB ($100.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card
    • 1 TB ($256.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card

    I use to backup the important stuff on my home computer. I pay $5/month, or $60/year, and I use about 100 GB of space on their server. Google’s appears to be considerably cheaper, and I’m sure there will be an app available that will auto-sync your specified folders to your Google account. Sign me up!

  9. I love DropBox, I think my paid account is totally worth it, and I recommend them to everyone, but DropBox doesn’t offer the ability to edit my .doc and .xls files online from any web browser the way Google Docs does. So for all of DropBox’s virtues, I don’t see its existence as a repudiation of Google Docs.

    I look forward to my GD account accepting 250MB files; the current limit of 500K makes GD useless for most of the .doc files I most commonly want to read and edit, namely novels in various stages of development.

  10. If you want to send around audio files you must have a look at which is basically flickr for music. great site!

  11. I’ve been using “google sites” to upload files of varying sizes and types for a while. The biggest I put there was probably only 10 meg, but that is clearly above the 500k limit on GD previously.

    You just login, navigate to google sites, then hit “upload image”, browse for the file and upload. If you are upping a non-image file it will give you a warning about how most browsers wont be able to see what you just uploaded, but your file is there. You just have to use the search box on your google site, type in the filename and it will show up in the results.

    I set this up a few months ago in frustration that Google didn’t have a yousendit style uploading thingie, but thanks for bringing it to the table googs as my workaround was a bit annoying! Any word on expiry time of files? That is by far the worst thing about yousendit. I get people forwarding me emails all the time with expired yousendit links.

    GRRRRR is my usual response.

  12. Folks, read that second sentence in 11.1 real carefully. One day Google might decide to market your stuff and not pay a cent and it doesn’t look like there is a thing you could do to stop the.
    They were forced to take it out of Chrome but it’s still everywhere else. Pass the word.

    11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

    11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

    11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.

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