We tested today Thinkfree.com, a newcomer to document sharing space, so far solely dominated by quickly gaining popularity Scribd. We give credits to Techcrunch for discovery of both sites, definitely both Thinkfree and Scribd had good start after Techcrunch publications.
We uploaded our publication “How To Make A Million Dollars” test to both sides. Both have easy intuitive interface, both are pleasure to use. Scribd was rather slow in converting document to several formats, but they have announcement on site saying that slow conversion is temporary problem. Thinkfree offers also ability to edit Microsoft Office documents online.
Here are embeds of our publication from both sites. It would be interesting to watch and compare number of document views on each site.
Only one annoying thought beats me up, why the hell do we need document sharing? For online backup? - There are zillion online backup sites. As collaboration space? Even more crowded marketplace. My hypothesis - they are good for SEO experts to drop document with backlinks to target site and to trap in nerds by catchy headlines like “How to Make a Million Dollar“. Another possible reason for existance of document sharing sites is the same reason that threatens the very existance of YouTube - copyright violation. By publishing document in violation of its copyright on your own site, you risk Cease and Desist and following suit. By publishing the same document via anonymous account on Scribd you are in a grey area - Scribd covers your ass.