By now just about everyone has heard about Kim Dotcom’s newest venture, the Mega file storage site. It’s been the talk of the internet all day today. The numbers seem to indicate that it was a mammoth success. According to Kim Dotcom’s Twitter account, the service has over 250,000 registered users already with 100,000 in the first hour. The servers are at full load and things are just going so well.
What’s making this such a success? There are several factors. First and foremost, new members are getting 50GB of free cloud storage upon signing up. That’s always a good start. Another factor is the site’s crazy good encryption.
According to The Verge’s Kimber Streams, this is to help protect both the users and Mega itself. Due to the encryption, the service doesn’t have access to the content being uploaded. This helps indemnify Mega to prevent the kinds of problems MegaUpload had.
With the encryption and all that free storage, it’s hard to say no to Kim Dotcom’s Mega. Some have even suggested that it could compete with very popular services like Dropbox. Currently, Mega doesn’t have all the features that Dropbox has, but we’re all but certain features will be implemented as time goes. However, they’re off to a good start by making the interface and using the site pretty easy. To upload files, simply drag and drop them.
Is Kim Dotcom going to be launching a matching movie service?
That will be the question of the second half of today. A few hours ago, Kim Dotcom posted this tweet to the MPAA. The picture suggests that this service could be made available whenever Kim Dotcom wants, so this could be something available soon. Where all the files are coming from is unclear. Distributing copyrighted content like that is what got MegaUpload busted. So we’re sure there is a plan in place to prevent that from happening to Mega.
So what is everyone’s take on this? Has anyone given it a try yet? Perhaps the most important question, can anyone see this replacing popular file storage services like Dropbox? Let us know what you think of Mega.