Pipe: New Facebook App for Sharing Files Up to 1GB with Friends

Pipe: New Facebook App for Sharing Files Up to 1GB with Friends

Now you can easily share files up to 1GB in size with family and friends on Facebook.

A widely anticipated new file-sharing app for Facebook called Pipe has finally left beta testing and gone live, bringing quick and easy file-sharing to the millions of users of the popular social networking site.

Berlin-based Pipe Dream Technologies derived the name from the Super Mario Brother franchise, the idea being that a file is placed in one end of a pipe, and retrieved at the other end by the recipient.

Unlike many other file-sharing programs, and especially earlier versions of a Facebook file-sharing app that maxed out a dismal 25MB, users can send files up to 1GB in size if the recipient is online, and a still decent 100MB if they are offline.

“There are more than a billion users on Facebook and there is no easy solution to transfer a file from one person to another,” Pipe’s Simon Hossell told Mashable. “We have taken a function such as attaching a file and turned it into something anyone can use — without ever leaving Facebook. It’s secure and private, and we’re confident it will catch on and spread fast.”

And as for data security, files transferred via Pipe never pass through Facebook servers, instead travelling directly between the connected users with the help of unspecified Adobe technology.

So how does it work? Let’s take a look.

First install the Pipe app on Facebook.

Next select a friend to share a file with. Notice how it says whether they are “online” or “locker.” Files sent to offline friends will be stored in a digital locker for later retrieval (up to 5 days), and there’s no limit to the number of lockers you can create.

Once you’ve chosen a recipient, select the tab to the right which is “locker” since I’m sending a file to an offline friend.

Next choose a file and how long you want to make it available – up to 5 days.

Once you select “Send to locker” you’ll need to notify the recipient. Recipients don’t have to have Pipe already installed to be notified they have a file waiting, but will obviously need to install to download.

Now let’s take a look at what things look like as a recipient.

When you view the Pipe App page you’ll notice there’s a green light lit up in the “locker” tab signalling you have a file or files in your locker waiting to be downloaded.

Click the locker tab and you’ll see what you’ve been sent.

Click download to grab the file.

Pretty cool right? Now you can share TV shows, movies, or entire albums with Facebook friends without having to hassle with third party sites like Dropbox, for example, that many don’t have accounts with.

Stay tuned.

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