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NEW FEATURE: What would you call it?

Saying this is an exciting time at SpiderOak is an understatement. There are so many wonderful things happening. One of which is a major release, Version 5.0, coming in the next few weeks. This release will include many fixes as well as a couple additional features. Stay tuned for posts about these fixes and features.

As for now, I’ll let you in on one of these new features in exchange for some of your creative juices. Deal?

We are keeping our highly customizable sync features for advanced users, while simultaneously adopting the ‘industry standard’ central sync/backup folder spearheaded by Dropbox. This new folder makes it easier for new users to get started without having to select items to backup or sync. Items placed into this folder will be uploaded to SpiderOak and then pushed out to any other place this folder exists. Additionally, this folder will be available via the newly designed mobile app.

Here’s an example. Upon downloading the new SpiderOak application on your Mac, you will find this new folder in the Finder window under ‘Favorites’. You can then drag and drop documents, pictures or whatever you desire, into that folder. These items will start to upload immediately.

On your Windows machine, you will notice the new folder located in the Documents folder in Explorer, and easy reachable through favorites and a desktop shortcut. When opening up this new folder, you will see all the items you placed into this folder on any of your other devices. As you then place items from your Windows machine into this folder, they will in turn be available in the folder on across your network.

This new functionality will also be available in Linux as well as accessible through our newly redesigned and soon to be released mobile applications.

Now that we’ve let you in on this exciting news, I’m curious to know what you might call such a feature? The SpiderOak Folder? The Oak Chest? Your Super Simple Folder? Here is your chance to try your hand at branding. Share with us your creativity and who knows, you may be responsible for coining the name of this additional feature…

Comments

  1. AJ says:

    I tried rolling my own version of this months ago. It didn't work very well, so I'm glad you're working on a dedicated feature. I called the folder SpiderBox :)

  2. Demetri says:

    Dropbox

  3. Stephen says:

    Open Hands
    Canopy (reference to the tree tops)

  4. windracer says:

    SpiderWeb is probably too obvious. :-)

  5. Kristine says:

    SpiderOak Watch Folder (because SpiderOak watches the folder for files that are dropped into it).

  6. tynods says:

    mine is called Oakbox

  7. Martijn says:

    Since there is already a ShareRoom maybe the SpiderRoom or, possibly less freaky to think off since a room full of spiders is not the most wonderful thing for everyone to imagine, the "OakRoom"

  8. Bhups says:

    FolderOak

  9. Ben Morrell says:

    I think I'd call it Spideroak Deep Roots… or maybe Spideroak Quick Branch

  10. Gabi says:

    Demetri's right. The best name is taken by a worthy competitor. So, I'd just go with Bacon. Descriptive is taken, might as well call it something tasty.

  11. Mahesh says:

    Regardless of the final choice, I think the name should include 'SpiderOak'. If the folder name is too creative, it could confuse the new user – thus defeating the whole purpose of the change. A welcome change by the way.

    Thanks for all the great work. Looking forward to 5.0

  12. Ben says:

    SpiderOak Sync

  13. Stephen Judge says:

    Acorn or Acorn Folder, because all oaks grow from an acorn. Obvious I know but dirrerent at the same time.

    To be clear I hope you are keeping the traditional method of being able to select drives, folders and files to continuously backup as you have always done. I was never really a fan of this Dropbox folder method and much prefer the traditional SpiderOak way.

  14. Jude Calvillo says:

    SpiderOak Root – this name's allusions should also advance the company's secondary agenda here. I won't speak to that in this space, but your CMO should know what I mean.

  15. Isaac Fischer says:

    "SpiderOak Garden".

  16. Alex says:

    Oakie

  17. Jay LaCroix says:

    SpiderVault

    Or a few others:
    SpiderNest
    Silk
    SpiderSafe

  18. luke says:

    i have a phobia of spiders. please please don't call it spiderBox.

  19. Drew Hammond says:

    Call it "Cloud Folder" or "Cloud Disk". It is descriptive and generic. When people think of their storage they think local or cloud… not local or "Magic Briefcase" or some other cute but non descriptive name.

  20. Rodrigo says:

    Jay's "SpiderVault" sounds cool! :)

  21. Conor Anderson says:

    I have to go with 'SpiderOak Trunk' or just 'Trunk'.

    Both for a 'trunk' as in a sturdy chest or storage container, and, along with the SpiderOak-is-a-tree motif, a trunk is the strong, sturdy part of the tree that works as the intermediary between the roots (HDD) and the canopy (the cloud).

  22. Rick says:

    "SpiderOakVault"

  23. The not very creative guy says:

    'Backup'.

  24. The not very creative guy says:

    'Backup'.

  25. The not very creative guy says:

    'Backup'.

  26. Sen says:

    The Vault

  27. Liv says:

    The folder should absolutely contain "SpiderOak" in its name. So either:
    SpiderOak
    SpiderOak Sync
    SpiderOak AutoSync

    Any of the three would do.

  28. Matt Menees says:

    Acorn Bucket
    Or Junk Drawer

  29. Linzi at SpiderOak says:

    @Stephen Judge – We are keeping the traditional method of being able to select drives, folders and files to continuously backup as we've always done. This new feature will only be an addition. Not to worry!

  30. Linzi at SpiderOak says:

    A big 'thank you' to everyone submitting ideas. This is really helpful. Great to see so many of the names we've been kicking around internally. Keep them coming!

  31. George says:

    The Replicator

  32. DaveWave says:

    How about DropSpiderOak ?
    I don't understand why this is significant feature. I never wanted this feature because its so basic. I can encrypt files and use a lot of other services for this. Are we to believe that this was a difficult to implement feature ?
    What I wanted was a better GUI, full android access, reliable email and bookmark sync.

  33. Dave Wave says:

    Linzi
    The "traditional method" was what brought me to Spider Oak. I wanted to maintain my directory, folders, and files the same way across all my devices. This new feature is one MEGA folder which is not really useful.
    This is kind of funny when one considers that the time and effort to develop FAQs and How-to documentation is poorly developed. Forums are never user friendly for the novices trying to get answers to questions and who wants to craft email to ask simple questions.
    I don't know, I know this is fine for a lot of folks but I was hoping for better and more thoughtful things since this is one of the few services I pay for
    How about SpiderDump ?

  34. Anthony says:

    I cannot support the use of "bacon" as a folder name. I refuse to change the name of my porn folder, and it's WAY too big to be duplicated to my mobile device.

  35. Linzi at SpiderOak says:

    A big 'thank you' to everyone submitting ideas. This is really helpful. Great to see so many of the names we've been kicking around internally. Keep them coming!

  36. Joey Connick says:

    Canopy +1 (awesome!)

  37. Linzi at SpiderOak says:

    @Dave Wave – I can appreciate that this feature won't be useful for you. It will however be useful for other people. As I mention in the post, we are keeping our highly customizable backup and sync features for advanced users. Nothing is changing on that front.

    And I apologize if somehow I insinuated that this was a difficult feature to implement. That's actually not something I can speak to.

    Your comments are heard and I'll be sure to pass them along. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

  38. mehmet says:

    quicksync / quiksync /qSync /

  39. Drew Hammond says:

    Ok… another one… "CryptoCloud". Cute, catchy, and descriptive.

    Do I win a prize?

  40. Jürgen Haas says:

    I'd call it the "Spider Drop", very much like there is the "Air Drop" already.

  41. ds says:

    Trunk
    Oak Grove
    Oak Vineyard
    Treebox

  42. Alex S says:

    I did this myself a while ago. It is not useful for backing up data like the traditional method, but it is useful for sharing something in the short term. Frankly, I have gotten quite a few friends and co-workers, even the boss, to switch to SpiderOak because the "traditional method" is just that much better than dropbox. That said, a folder that allows you to quickly share a file across your computers, and especially your phones/pads, is useful.

    I call mine SpiderShare.

  43. Vic says:

    SpiderOak FunnelWeb

  44. Stu says:

    Kevin

  45. George says:

    SpiderSync

  46. Danie says:

    WebBox

  47. Peter Hansen says:

    SpiderOak Root
    (or just Root)

  48. Daniel says:

    In-sync-erator

  49. Daniel says:

    In-sync-erator

  50. ch says:

    soak.

    As in: "My phone is soaked [with the files]" :)

  51. Julian says:

    You can already do this manually by setting up a folder on each computer, backing them up in spider oak, then syncing the folders in spider oak. I hope this feature is just an automatic configuration….

    If you really need to name such a thing,I like securesync, or safesync.

  52. B.M. says:

    Haven

    or

    Shelter

  53. PCR says:

    Like the first poster, I'd call it SpiderBox. And I really hope it will be toggleable and/or moveable; I already have enough programs creating useless folders all around the place…

  54. Jeff Brockway says:

    I'd prefer just plain SpiderOak. It's simple, short, space-free for simpler scripting, fits in the sidebar without resizing, and it's branded. I'm not a fan of cutesy names that I can't change in my folder structure like Magic Briefcase or My anything (of course it is).

  55. Christian says:

    While SpiderOak is used in the new, dead-simple to use central sync/backup folder mode, I'd just call that folder "SpiderOak". When the user switches to the advanced he can still rename it the way he likes.

    I would not go for any fancy name and just use your product name (it is fancy enough!), everything else would complicate it too much.

  56. Nathan Jones says:

    Are you asking what the feature should be called, or are you asking what the folder should be named in Finder/Explorer?

    Regardless of what you call the feature, I strongly think the folder itself should be called "SpiderOak". Don't make it longer, and don't make allusions to competitors by splicing in words like box or drop. Whilst the name "Dropbox" has the advantage of being self-explanatory, users also know that Dropbox is the company they signed up with. It's natural to expect that an equivalent folder from SpiderOak would be called "SpiderOak".

    When the non-advanced behaviour is to have all files in the one folder, new users will think of the company, the folder on their computer, and the storage in the cloud as being synonymous: "SpiderOak". It still works for a user to think "I'll just save this in (or on) SpiderOak and it will appear on my laptop" instead of "I'll just save this in Dropbox".

  57. Philip Storry says:

    I'd also go for just "SpiderOak".

    It's clear and consistent – nobody, after installed SpiderOak, is going to wonder what that folder is. It's the most obvious and simplest name for a default folder.

  58. Stuart W. says:

    There is a lot to be said for the obvious and self-describing ("SpiderOak" or "SpiderOak Sync" or others along that line).

    But to chip in another "creative" name, how about Attic. What do you find in an attic? Spiders. What else might you find in an attic? An oak chest. Where might you put stuff to keep for later? In the attic.

  59. Egil says:

    Omni-box

  60. Diablo says:

    CloudOak

    or simply

    Cloud Folder

  61. Alexandre says:

    while adding new features might be exciting, I would be much more excited to see you fix issues to offer a reliable and safe experience.

    Bugs like this one, ongoing for a week now, are ruining the confidence in your service: https://spideroak.com/forum/threads/id/2846/

  62. Rebecca W. says:

    Don't go with clever, go with simple and straightforward. Maybe…

    SafeSync

  63. Azl says:

    I like the Oak Chest.
    But more importantly, will the mobile app allow true syncing of files to local storage? Will it be able to upload?

  64. Bill says:

    If you're going for something predictable and "industry standard", don't get cute with the folder name. The standard practice is to just name the folder the same as the service, like "Dropbox" and "Google Drive". Box is a little bit more verbose; their folder's name is "My Box Files".

  65. Austin B says:

    Just use SpiderOak. Simple, straight forward and not confusing.

    BTW, I am more concerned about its location. I hope there will be a way to move the folder to whatever custom location we want to.

  66. patty says:

    As mentioned above this approach is basic and in the end requires more on-going effort to maintain and constantly update. The current sync and share features are great on spideroak and it stands above other comparative back-up services.

    However, the biggest and most valuable advance spideroak could make right now would be to put up an app for the new windows tablets running windows RT. There are no comparative back-up apps available on the windows app store at the moment = opportunity

  67. Łukasz says:

    SpiderOak Hollow :-)

  68. zodium says:

    Jumpin' on the "Canopy" name bandwagon.

  69. bitterlemon says:

    is SpiderWeb too obvious?

  70. Nicolas says:

    Just a question: will the application and the folder name be translated?

    If not, consider that not every non native english speaker knows what an oak is (spider is more obvious though). But then names as canopy, vault or acorn would be barely understood.

    Consider something simple, obvious and that can be translated / that can be understood as is by all.

    Bacon would do it, be we then really would have an issue with Anthony… :-)

  71. AlexAnteMachina says:

    How about "File-Resort" or "File-Haven"?
    It's a safe Haven for your personal Data/Files.

  72. Mondo says:

    Oak Vault is short and sweet. Two syllables and 9 characters. People are used to the container concept and vault is more secure than a box.

  73. SpiderFan says:

    It should contain the name "SpiderOak" and should automatically display a SpiderOak icon. My vote would be:
    1. SpiderOak [simple, straightforward]
    2. SpiderOak Trunk [capture the idea, clever name based on the dual meanings of "trunk"]
    3. SpiderOak Sync [descriptive]

    Anything else would be too creative and less descriptive or too long.

    Also, I know you have assured us that you will be keeping the current option to sync files/folders from anywhere on the system or on removable drives. Please do so forever. Dropbox and other services are not useful to me because of the one-size-fits-all approach.

    Final Thought: I would very much like to have a way to (1) keep a complete local copy of the SpiderOak encrypted backup (both for restore speed and for extra redundancy), and (2) a tool to decrypt/view/restore from the local backup (e.g., without needing an internet connection to SpiderOak).

    Thanks for creating the single best cloud backup/sync service on the Internet! Zero-Knowledge Privacy is the platinum standard. Why would anyone settle for less??

  74. leftride says:

    I call my implementation of this SpiderBox, but I understand not wanting to go that route.

    I like the suggestion for SpiderVault, since it's actually secure vs. the 'box guys'.

  75. SpiderOakFan says:

    It should be simple and descriptive, But maybe you can describe it to people as a Zero knowledge drop box vault sync folder. Or use some of these names as a descriptor. Then advanced users can rename it to cute names that they like. The goal of this is to get newbs to have the easy of dropbox with proper security and privacy

  76. Alan says:

    SpiderFan — FYI, for you "keep a complete local copy", check out Preferences -> Copy. You can do that!

  77. B.M. says:

    Call it "Rapport". Definition – A close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well.

  78. Graeme says:

    I like the idea of a single watched and sync'ed folder in addition to the others. I think the folder itself should be called SpiderOak on the devices. For a name of the feature, there are already many worthy suggestions I could go with. (I would be cautious about using "Trunk", though, because Evernote has one.)

  79. MK says:

    I created a folder like this a while ago. I called it SpiderOak, and changed the folder icon to reflect the application. It has been working well and syncing properly between my PCs. If it is added as default that's even better. Thanks!

  80. scribbly says:

    I'd go for SpiderOak Sync, but shorten it to SOS, maybe with appropriate icon?

    …as SpiderFan says too fancy and it threatens to be disruptive.

  81. k says:

    Some terrible suggestions here, lol.

    The folder itself should absolutely just be SpiderOak. Maybe give it a fancy name in the client menu, but really that should just have a description.

    I'm more than happy with how it works now though, I'll be turning the spiderfannypack folder off.

  82. mpd333 says:

    Rope bridge
    Canopy walkway
    CanopyConnect
    SpiderOak_RopeBridge

  83. AJ says:

    SpOak.
    Kind of like what ch was going for, I think.
    Your logo even looks like a spoke :) (spokes?)

  84. Kraymer says:

    SpiderOak Acorns, obviously.

  85. ag says:

    SpiderBox

  86. jtrucks says:

    I concur with many opinions the folder should have SpiderOak in the name to make it extremely easy for non-tech savvy and new users. However, using the word Drop in it given its functionality might open SO to lawsuits and confuses the branding somewhat. Using Sync in the folder name might be moderately confusing for people who venture into the advanced (traditional) interface where there is a sync section for custom sync configuration. This overloads the term within the context of the product. Though trunk is heavily used in storage locker type paradigms, it is a relatively universally understood term and, as someone pointed out, has a nice dual-meaning as storage locker and tree part.

    My vote is SpiderOak Trunk.

  87. Nate Schmolze says:

    There is a part of me that says what's the purpose. I do that already. I have an insync folder that is backed up by SpiderOak. Spideroak already has this right. I mean what can be easier than selecting the documents folder.

    Then there is this other part of me that says there is this data that I want highly secure and accessible. For example I use a password program I would like that securely synced on all my devices.

    So what it should be is the anti-dropbox. I like OakChest or SpiderSafe. That secure data we always need to have access to but we still want it safe.

  88. Matt says:

    OakChest is cool.
    Please use a folder path with no space characters, to avoid pain on the command line and in scripts.

  89. Lien says:

    Pronounciation of "oak" is weaker than "spider" in "SpiderOak", so I think "oak" should be placed after the descriptive part of the new product.
    DropOak
    SyncOak
    SafeOak
    AutoOak

    "Spider" is a good prefix:
    SpiderSync
    SpiderWeb
    SpiderChest
    SpiderDrawer

  90. Jeremy says:

    Cloud Canopy
    Forest in the Cloud
    Oak Vault
    Oak Oasis

  91. CKW says:

    SOSafe

  92. Bryanp says:

    One of the first things I setup when I switched from dropbox was a syncing folder. I named it 'SpiderSync' on all my machines and setup sync for it. So I guess I'd suggest SpiderSync because it includes part of the SpiderOak name and the folder's functionality.

  93. Bryanp says:

    Actually, I guess this would depend on how you implemented this feature, but what I'd like to see is a popup or something along those lines for when a new user logged in asking what they'd like their 'sync on all devices folder' to be named. Then maybe giving some examples like SpiderSync or Canopy or whatever. Maybe pick the top 3 suggestions and put those as examples, but let people decide on the name of the folder themselves. That way less people will go "what's this spidersync folder?" and delete it. Then notice it came back and delete it again and again.

  94. Bryanp says:

    Actually, I guess this would depend on how you implemented this feature, but what I'd like to see is a popup or something along those lines for when a new user logged in asking what they'd like their 'sync on all devices folder' to be named. Then maybe giving some examples like SpiderSync or Canopy or whatever. Maybe pick the top 3 suggestions and put those as examples, but let people decide on the name of the folder themselves. That way less people will go "what's this spidersync folder?" and delete it. Then notice it came back and delete it again and again.

  95. Linzi at SpiderOak says:

    I want to again express my appreciation for all your suggestions and comments (all 92 of them!). We are settling on a name and will publish it soon.

    @Alexandre – A developer is looking into this. We have been making huge strides in bugfixes which will be felt with this new release. I'll be posting a list of the fixes in another blog post coming very soon.

    @Azl – It won't. This functionality will come to SpiderOak as Crypton.io matures.

    @Austin B – Not with the initial release The functionality will come with later versions of the software.

    @SpiderFan – Don't worry, we've got your back(up) on this. As it relates to (1) – We already do (the local copy feature in preferences). And (2) I'm afraid that isn't going to happen.

    If I've overlooked your question, please post again so I can answer. Thanks!

  96. Mil says:

    If it's not too late, consider something with a "SO" prefix, like:
    SO Mirror
    SO Same
    SO Easy Sync
    SO Sync
    SO Simple Sync

  97. R. says:

    Name it…. the Spiderhole!

  98. Linzi at SpiderOak says:

    In case you've been wondering, we chose a name for the new sync folder…

    I'm happy to announce 'SpiderOak Hive' as the new sync folder.

    There was a size limitation to the name as we wanted to make sure it could be read in its entirety wherever displayed. We were also looking for easy and clean branding which lead us back to our nature-inspired theme.

    If you are interested in helping us test this feature, you can find more information about the beta test here: https://spideroak.com/blog/20130325142231-latest-greatest-calling-all-beta-users

    A big 'thank you' to everyone who took the time to respond. We really appreciated your suggestions.

  99. Linzi at SpiderOak says:

    In case you've been wondering, we chose a name for the new sync folder…

    I'm happy to announce 'SpiderOak Hive' as the new sync folder.

    There was a size limitation to the name as we wanted to make sure it could be read in its entirety wherever displayed. We were also looking for easy and clean branding which lead us back to our nature-inspired theme.

    If you are interested in helping us test this feature, you can find more information about the beta test here: https://spideroak.com/blog/20130325142231-latest-greatest-calling-all-beta-users

    A big 'thank you' to everyone who took the time to respond. We really appreciated your suggestions.