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Google GShares?

Updated on November 14, 2023
By Pete Freitag

When I saw the title of this post: Google GShares I thought that Google was launching a network share file storage service like Xdrive.

The post had nothing to do with storage. But I think this is something Google will eventually do. Google claims that their storage cost is $2/GB/year (and that number will go down as storage costs decrease), and Xdrive charges $16.95/mo for 1 GB of storage. Xdrive is overpriced. You can get 5GB of storage for $5 a month (you can probably find it cheaper) from any old web host, and then use web drive ($40) to map a drive letter on windows. Google however with their low storage costs, and acres of bandwidth will be able to give away 1GB like they are doing with GMail. Xdrive was giving away 100mb accounts when they first started (they however discontinued that program).

With a Google personal storage service Google could offer the ability to Google your hard drive (well your google drive anyways), or provide web hosting. Both services could be paid for with ads (its probably not that hard for google to make $2/year/user). Even if they can't pay for it with ads I think a lot of people would pay $4/GB/year, or more as Xdrive's existence shows. This puts Rich Skrenta's article about a Google Operating System ( into perspective.

Google GShares? was first published on May 13, 2004.

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I guess I'll have to work on my post titles... anyhow, this is an interesting idea and I think it is partly a logical follow up to the Gmail service. In fact one of the common uses of Gmail mentioned in many of the early reviews is that of a gigabyte of storage that is accessible from almost anywhere. This can be used as a searchable file repository simply by forwarding yourself whatever you want stored. I for one love the idea of having a pile of ubiquitous storage available to all comers. This could be useful in a wide variety of settings, it could also lead to some odd situations, such as people posting mp3s or movies to their Google storage and then opening it up for anyone to access. This could be for piracy, but it could also open up some great legal video and music sharing to the masses thanks to Google popularity. Ooo, the possibilities are really quite exciting, I'll have to think on this more...
by Kevin on 05/13/2004 at 4:21:24 AM UTC
Checked out Xdrive recently? They now offer more space for less. Not to mention the new added features that just rock! I can now access my account from my mobile device.
by Izaak on 04/26/2005 at 9:00:55 PM UTC