Tuesday, January 4, 2011

5 Easy Ways to Share a File

Sharing files effortlessly is one thing everyone must be able to do online. People tend to be desperate although there are a slew of amazing services offering file sharing. In this post, I will be listing 5 services that make this simple.

Dropbox

Dropbox Sharing

This is pretty obvious and there are chances that you might already be using it. Just signup for a free dropbox account if not. The free account gives you 2GB for life and if you find this service useful, going in for a premium plan will be  a good idea.

Dropbox allows you to share files with anyone having an internet connection. All you need to do is drop in a file into your Dropbox’s public folder and share the appropriate URL with the person who needs to receive the file. You can also choose to share the particular folder with another Dropbox user. You can share files from both the web and the desktop interface of Dropbox.

Ge.tt

Ge.tt file sharing screenshot

If you are in a hurry Ge.tt is the best way to share a file. It lets the receiver to download certain parts of the file while you are actually uploading it from your side. Registration isn’t mandatory at Ge.tt, but it lets your file intact for at least 3 months (when inactive) as opposed to 30 days for unregistered users.

MediaFire

Media Fire Logo

MediaFire is another amazing way to share your files over the internet. There are no restrictions other than a file size of 200MB. If you are looking to share bigger files, splitting them into archives will help. MediaFire’s premium accounts offer even more features like Hot linking, bigger file downloads, etc..

Windows Live SkyDrive

Live SkyDriveGood ol’ Microsoft gives you 25GB on Windows Live SkyDrive with a 50MB cap on each file’s size. The system here is pretty similar to Dropbox – You drop a file into the ‘Public’ folder in order to share it with anyone.

BOX.NET

Box.net gets you 5GB with a free account. They have a 25MB cap on each file’s size compared to SkyDrive’s 50MB. Premium accounts can be used to upgrade the features. Just like Dropbox, you get a hotlink for the shared files (which means users don’t end up on a promotional landing page when trying to download something). The ability to collaborate seamlessly with many users is the USP of Box.net

Those are some of the services I found good enough to share. If you know something that’s even better, feel free to comment below.