Hordit.com is an online storage site where users can store all of their files, links, feeds and notes. The site allows users to share content with Friends and Groups. The site features a Desktop where you organize all of your content into folders. Other features include Daily Read where users place links to online content that they read everyday, Look Later, a place to store items for later viewing, and Research Assistant which allows users to filter their feeds based on topics they are interested in. Users may store an unlimited amount of content on the site.
Any content can be shared, and each item added can be made public or private. Public content is viewable by anyone, and private content is only viewable by the user. New items can be added from any page on the site by clicking on the New Item icon, which is available on every page. The site offers extensions for Firefox and Internet Explorer that integrate the site more seamlessly with the user’s browser. These extensions add a toolbar to the browser window that allow users to log in to the Hordit site, store new items, add items to look later, and share content, all without visiting the Hordit site. These extensions worked seamlessly with Firefox and Internet Explorer when tested.
Hordit.com is based in Omaha, Nebraska and was founded by Matt Brown, the creator of the Byteswap interface used on the site, in January 2008. The site has an Alexa page rank below 250,000 and has thousands of unique visitors each day. Growth has been steady since the site launched, and the site continues to gain users at a rapid pace.
Hordit has no direct competitors, however the site does compete with every user’s Desktop and feed readers such as Google Reader or NewsGator. In addition, the site competes with other sites that allow online file storage without the Desktop-style interface, and with sites that allow you to store your bookmarks online. But none of these sites consolidate all of the features to be found at Hordit.
Hordit has a very clean interface that is free of clutter. Navigation is obvious and intuitive and learning to use the site takes only a few minutes. The site is responsive and page loads happen fairly quickly, however the response time when storing and accessing items (particularly files) is not acceptable for a product which is designed to replace or compliment the user’s desktop. The Firefox and Internet Explorer extensions worked well, but there were some problems with viewing Microsoft Word documents, which had been stored on the site. There is no advertising displayed on the site.
Registration is required to use the site. The registration process is simple, asking only for first and last name, email address and password. Validation of the user’s email address is required. Once registered the user has full access to all of the site’s features.
Hordit is an entirely free site.
Hordit is recommended to anyone who has a need for online file storage, an online feed reader or an online bookmark site. The site is intended to aggregate all of the user’s online content, however the response time makes the site a poor alternative to the user’s local file system. In addition, other than the ability to import the user’s bookmarks from their browsers, all of the files, feeds and other information must be added manually, making the transition from another site or the desktop a very labor-intensive task. In it’s favor, the bookmark and feed reader features of the site work well, and the interface is very usable.