To narrow in on workplace sharing, the company threw out accounts registered with free services such as Gmail.com or Yahoo.com, as well as Internet service providers such as Comcast or AT&T, figuring they are most often used for personal reasons. They then looked at users’ IP addresses to get a read on where they were and sorted that information by location.
Washington came out on top in that analysis, with Dropbox finding that 33 percent of Washington users were sharing files. New York, California, Nevada and Florida rounded out the top five. Virginia and Maryland — the states with which the District’s Dropbox users collaborate the most — come in with sharing percentages of 27.86 percent and 29.33 percent, respectively.
It is by no means a perfect analysis, of course. Because Dropbox threw out Gmail and other addresses, it is possible that they could have picked up on more users who, for example, face strict rules about not conducting professional business over personal accounts. It’s also hard to get a good read on how many people using Dropbox from Washington computers actually live within the District.
The analysis also looked at some more general trends. During the work week, for example, Washington Dropbox users are the most active but cede that crown to Californians over the weekend. And some things are universal: For example, everyone’s sharing activity dips at lunchtime.