updated 02:45 am EDT, Thu September 17, 2009
Simple NAS shares with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace
CloudEngines has announced that its network device for USB storage, the Pogoplug, now connects directly with social networking portals. The company's service will also be available for customers purchasing Seagate's latest FreeAgent DockStar device. MacNN has taken a closer look at the original Pogoplug, including its simple configuration and the new social networking functionality. The full review is available here.
The new features allow users to update their social networking pages with links to stored content such as pictures, MP3s, or even videos. Status updates can be automatically sent from the web-based interface to networks such as Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, along with personalized RSS feeds.
Guests can click on the link and navigate to the shared content, without registering or downloading software. The pictures and videos are shown in thumbnails and previews, with options for downloading or playing as a slideshow.
In the past, Pogoplug's service was only available with the company's standalone NAS device. Through a new partnership with Seagate, the FreeAgent DockStar will provide the same capabilities. The DockStar connects any FreeAgent Go drive to the local network and the Internet, allowing content to be accessible remotely or shared with family and friends.
The Pogoplug is now available for $99 with no annual fees. The FreeAgent DockStar also carries a $99 price tag, although customers must pay $29/year after the first free year of Pogoplug service.