What online services do you use?

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  1. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    Be it iCloud, Google, Office 365, Hotmail, Yahoo....whatever. Just simply looking to find what folks out there use for mail, contacts, calendar, etc and why you choose to use it over one of the many other options that are out there.
     
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    Google Apps for just about everything, plus Dropbox and Flickr.
     
  4. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    iCloud
    Dropbox
    Cloudapp
    Zoho invoice
    Picasa
    Google apps for business
    Netflix
    Hulu
    Amazon S3

    Probably forgetting a couple others.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    the main ones are:

    iCloud
    Dropbox
    Gmail
    Box.net
     
  6. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Gmail
    SkyDrive
    DropBox

    I'm not entirely sure where we draw the line. Does Facebook count as a service?
     
  7. ugahairydawgs thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I was thinking more along the lines of mail, contacts, and calendars. Wondering how people make the decisions of which services they use. I am trying to figure which one I want to use long term, going back and forth between Google and iCloud.

    Like a lot of the services that Google offers, but it doesn't fully sync right with iOS and then there are the issues with privacy that inherently come up with a company that uses your information for targeted advertising. With the Google net being so wide these days and their new privacy policy that goes into effect in a couple of weeks it causes a little more concern than it used to.

    iCloud, on the other hand, is a lot less feature rich. The spam filters in mail are nowhere near as good as Gmail and the fact that they don't push any message updates outside of new mail is just odd (read updates, deleted messages, etc). That said....the plays nicer if you have multiple Apple devices.

    Just wonder what factors others take into account when deciding which services to use.
     
  8. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Ah I see. I'd recommend Google services, simply because they are the most versatile if you ever do decide to change platform.
     
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    GMail
    Google Sync (Calendar/Contacts/Bookmarks etc)


    Syncing across Android/iOS and WP7 for me. I couldn't use iCloud if I wanted to because of its compatibility with other platforms.
     
  10. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    I didn't realize you were talking about mail either. While I do use Gmail I'm exploring alternatives like paid Yahoo, Office 365 and Zoho.

    I've begun to distrust Google and the fact that there is absolutely zero support is a factor in my decision process.

    I'm also considering iCloud for all personal accounts.
     
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    iCloud
    Dropbox

    for me, I guess I'm not plugged that much into the cloud :cool:
     
  12. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    Host your own email?
     
  13. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    Yes I do. Up to now I preferred to route through Google due to available Gmail options. It's also easier to manage. I had. Free 30 day trial of Office 365 and it looks promising but not sure yet. I have to give Zoho a good trial.

    Zoho also offers personal inboxes @zoho which is a plus.
     
  14. ChristianJapan macrumors 68040

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    MobileMe / iCloud
    GMail
    Live.com
    Own domains with web space and IMAP

    Those mail alternatives give me the chance to seperate serious mails from less serious mails; I even started to give each service I use an own email address (forward into main account)

    Others:
    smugmug
    hulu
    Facebook
    twitter

    VPN server into home network

    And of course: MacRumors
     
  15. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Google
    iCloud
    Gmail - for mail and Notes.

    I agree with above poster that although I like their services, if you have any problems, getting support (just getting through to them) is damn near impossible. But, to be fair, problems have been very few and far between.
     
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    Dropsend
    Yahoo Mail
    Gmail
    YouTube
    Soundcloud
    Facebook
    ...to name a few
     
  19. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

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    -ExchangeMyMail (hosted Outlook Exchange for my own email domain; I started using them in my Blackberry days and continue to use them for email, contact, calendar sync).
    -Flickr (still technically have an account but do not use it these days; was just thinking about whether I should return to it yesterday actually.)
    -Am considering Dropbox again, especially for accessing files on the days I do not want to bring my laptop to work but can access stuff to print from our (crappy) work computers.
    -Gmail

    I THINK that's about it in terms of services... I'm sure something else will come to me later though. lol.
     
  20. hafr macrumors 68030

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    I figured it could be fun to wake this thread again...

    Myself, after having used a whole armada of file sync services side by side, I finally ended up choosing Dropbox as my main one. It syncs quickly, it uses very little resources, it's supported on all platforms I use and would be interested in using, no file size limitations, and the free storage they offer (I'm currently at 14,5 GB for free) suits my needs. There are some great ones out there though that I would switch to in a heartbeat should I for some reason want to leave Dropbox (namely Box.com, Cubby, SugarSync).

    For calendar, notes, reminders and contacts, I use iCloud. It has worked pretty much without a hitch since the first day I tried it (launch day) and I simply see no point in switching.

    Having been forced into switching e-mails more times than I can remember since the mid-90's, I got my own domain a while back to secure an easy address that I won't ever have to change, and I currently use zoho.com for hosting my mail. Their free account offers the two most important things for me: Exchange Active Sync (for iOS) and IMAP (for desktop).
     
  21. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Gmail but only for junk email and stuff I don't care about.
    Flickr to share pictures (mostly with the POTD thread on here)
    I store my own data, because that way I know where it is.
     

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