Docs presents users with an easy way to share their Microsoft Office creations with the rest of the world. Through the Docs application, users can build any kind of document possible through Microsoft Office then access and share those files through Facebook. Users can send documents to anyone on their Facebook friends list easily by registering for and using Docs.Show more screenshots »
Launched in April of 2010, Docs is a relatively new internet tool. The concept was based around Facebook popularity and a desire for most users to share their creations. Sending a file through email can be cumbersome, especially when sending it to many people rather than only one. Docs works using the Facebook friends list to help make the process much easier and more user friendly.
Docs allows users to send almost any kind of Microsoft Office file through their Facebook account. This process allows social networking and document sharing to meet in a way that is friendly and convenient to the everyday user. Although sharing can be a good thing, Docs also gives users permission controls so permissions can be set to only allow access to specified individuals. By incorporating Facebooks’ instant personalization into the process, users can navigate from Docs and back again seamlessly.
The design of the Docs website features a very watered down style and simple layout. Although it does not present anything eye-catching or highly colorful, the design works well for the application. Users can find the information and instructions they need and get to the areas they need for registration and other Docs features. The homepage also features a small list of suggested Docs user contributions to help new users get a feel for the site and what it can do for them.
The registration process for Docs is relatively simple. Click the sign up button and enter Facebook login details when the pop up box appears. This takes you to the Facebook website. After logging in to Facebook, users are then asked for permission by Docs to access public information and direct emailing. Unfortunately, there is no way to create a Docs account without a Facebook profile. Users also must accept these permissions to continue with the registration process. The registration process feels a little forced, however this may change as the application leaves the Beta stage. No mention of alterations has been made at this time.
Creating a Docs account is free. Using features is also offered free, although some limitations may exist because the application is still in the Beta phase. New users can check out the site and login using their Facebook account to access current Docs features. At this point, no premium account option is offered and no mention has been made of adding such an account type. Docs is somewhat similar to Google Docs, utilizing Facebook instead of Gmail, which would make charging a fee difficult unless more features are added to justify the cost.
Anyone who uses Facebook frequently can appreciate what Docs is offering through its free service. Many people log in to Facebook each day, and for some, this is the best means of communication to share files and information. On the other hand, others who are not as Facebook-savvy may prefer a more professional, streamlined application such as Google Docs. In general, anyone who has files to share can use Docs, as long as they plan to share most of those files through Facebook.