I own a 128GB computer and more than half of the storage is still lying dormant. Why? Because I live in the browser. Everything from my documents to my notes is out there in the cloud. Finding something particular from that pile of data can be a bit of hassle for a person like me, as you’d expect. That’s especially considering I don’t rely on just a single service for handling all that stuff. None of them, sadly, talk to each other to make my life easier.
One startup wants to change that. Their product, simply called “FYI” is a search platform that plugs into several other services such as the G Suite or Dropbox and lets you look up files from all of them in a single place. By files here, I mean anything that’s on your account such as folders, shared folders, documents, images, you get the idea. That might sound too good to be true but unlike other apps which promise similar solutions, FYI does manage to deliver.
FYI has a straightforward interface with the list of all your recent documents from different services on the homepage. Its highlighting feature, the search bar is located at the top and allows to easily browse your data on all the connected profiles. What surprised more is the fact that you can even search based on the people you’ve shared files with through a filter.
There’s a tagging option as well if you end up primarily employing FYI and want to have quicker, more precise search results. Clicking on an individual entry, of course, takes you the particular service’s website. You can also create multiple workspaces and segregate, for instance, work and personal accounts into two of them.
FYI is mostly about bringing all your files present on disparate channels to a common platform and that’s really about it. It’s currently compatible with seven services including G Suite, Dropbox, Dropbox Paper, Slack, Github Gist, OneDrive, and Box. Clearly, all the major cloud storage applications have been covered and since FYI is still in its nascent stages, I expect more to arrive soon. There’s even a Chrome extension available that can turn the New Tab page into FYI’s homepage. Installing that extension also enables FYI to pull up files from active tabs eliminating that lag before you save the file and it shows up on FYI.
If you’re an individual, you probably won’t have to pay a dime either since the free package allows five third-party applications and access to thirty days of recent activity — possibly enough for most individuals. The $8/month plan has no limit on how many accounts you can connect and lets you view files from the last two years. You can learn more about the pricing on FYI’s website.