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Do you have the need in your everyday life and business to store and send files? I believe we all do in some form or another, whether it is to show off a proof of something, or share ideas and collaboration. We were recently invited to […]

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Do you have the need in your everyday life and business to store and send files? I believe we all do in some form or another, whether it is to show off a proof of something, or share ideas and collaboration.

We were recently invited to try out the new free DivShare online file hosting service similar to what you can experience with YouSendIt, ImageShack, and Flickr, or online storage areas like Xdrive and Box.net. I was expecting that this service might be a little complicated to use when reading through cofounder David Altschul’s email on what the service was all about. And given that it was a team of two that developed this application, my expectations were not set too high, but they do have more than 10 years behind them in the dev field so they do know a thing or two about user interaction. But I have to tell you, I was somewhat blown away with the extreme ease of use, and benefits that this application could have for not only the web worker, but for the average person looking for a simple place to store and share not only photos, but files as well.

Signing up is simple, and took me no longer than one minute. Uploading an image or file is easier. What’s great about it is that for each file you upload, the DivShare service creates a unique URL where the file can be accessed by the outside world. Emails can also be sent out notifying contacts where they can download the file. For image uploads, links to the full image, or to a thumbnail of the image easily allows you to add the image to website, or social network. You can also co-brand your own download page with your unique logo so your visitors always know its you when they visit your unique page to download images. Making for seamless business integration. So if you are on the hunt for a place to store and share files, put the free DivShare service on your list to check out.

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  3. Thanks for the info, I’ll add this one on my list. You guys might also want to look at FileHo. It doesn’t have the image gallery feature but also sports similar ones such as unlimited file size in uploads, unlimited file life and with an FTP feature.

  4. Pretty cool site. I have to say that I think I’m still partial to MediaFire.com though. they offer everything that DivShare has except the image hosting and they’ve got unlimited file size to boot. So if you need to share images, DivShare has a nice system, but for everything else http://www.MediaFire.com is superior.
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  5. With all these online services coming, my biggest fear is waking up one day to find out my service provider is gone … forever … with all my stuff.

    Reading through their terms of service:

    … reserves the right to modify or discontinue the Service with or without notice to the Member. ….. Member acknowledges and accepts that Diversion Web Publishing does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our web site ….

    Now that is scary to me.

  6. George says,

    now that is scary to me…

    Then don’t use it. This is true for any/all web 2.0/asp service offerings, including salesforce.com. You either back your files up or risk losing them.

    You want something more, I’m sure you can find it, but it will be priced to reflect the additional risk assumed by the service provider offering it, and it surely will not be “free”. That’s capitalism, pure and simple.

  7. Bernd Eckenfels Tuesday, January 2, 2007

    I am not sure I understand the sharing/secrecy options available.Those Download Links they geenrate are by no means secure. If I upload files there for others, those are better encrypted, since anybody can stumble accross them.

    So for pictures there is no way to share them only with a limited group of people, right?

  8. I wouldn’t use any of these sites to backup sensitive materials, that’s not what they’re designed for. They are extremely useful for sharing things without having to clog mailboxes or upload files to people multiple times.

    I think you missed a really big one though, and by far the best one I’ve seen which is Mediafire.com. They offer unlimited file size, unlimited uploads, downloads and bandwidth… nobody else even comes close to that for free.

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