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Quickly: send me a file! Even in 2015, file sharing isn’t quite solved yet.

We’ve gone over the best websites for quickly sharing files 5 Easy Websites to Share Files Online Without Signing Up 5 Easy Websites to Share Files Online Without Signing Up Read More more 5 Free Browser-Based P2P File Sharing Sites With No Size Limits 5 Free Browser-Based P2P File Sharing Sites With No Size Limits Read More than Minus: Extremely Simple File Sharing With 10GB of Free Online Storage Minus: Extremely Simple File Sharing With 10GB of Free Online Storage Drag some files into your browser and instantly get a link to share them with family or friends. It's this simplicity, along with a staggering 10GB of free storage space, that puts Minus among the... Read More once Better Than Dropbox: The 6 Quickest Ways To Share Any File With Anyone Better Than Dropbox: The 6 Quickest Ways To Share Any File With Anyone I love Dropbox. Ever since I found it a few years ago, the way I share files with friends, family and colleagues has changed completely. Dropbox, and similar services, make sharing big files and multiple... Read More , but to this day the web is yet to settle on a standard – particularly if things are too big for email.

There are file sharing sites that let anyone upload a file, but they tend to shut down eventually due to copyright issues or bandwidth costs. There’s Dropbox, but that largely depends on both parties having a Dropbox account or things get confusing fast.

So there’s plenty of room for improvement in the file-sharing space – which is why new sites and services keep popping up. Today Cool Websites and Tools looks at five unique takes on this problem, none of which we’ve covered here before. Let’s get started.

Balloon.io: Anyone Can Share a File to Your Dropbox

If you’re a Dropbox user, you probably can’t imagine life without it. You could write a book about all of Dropbox’s features The Unofficial Guide To Dropbox The Unofficial Guide To Dropbox There's more to Dropbox than you might think: you can use it for file sharing, backing up your data, syncing files between computers and even remotely control your computer. Read More , if you wanted to (we did), but basically it’s a service that:

  • Lets you sync a folder of files between all your devices.
  • Lets you share folders and files with other Dropbox users, then sync those files with other users.
  • Lets you share folders and files with non-users, via a public link.

There’s one thing missing in the above list: a way for non-Dropbox-users to share files with you. That’s the gap filled by Ballon.io. Head to the site and you can create a URL tied to a folder in your Dropbox. Share that URL and anyone can upload a file:

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Files are uploaded straight to your desktop, meaning they’ll sync straight to your computer without you needing to do anything.

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If your non-Dropbox-using friends need to share a file with you, giving them a balloon link is win-win. The sharing process is easy for your friends, and the files end up straight in your Dropbox.

JumpShare (Windows, OS X, Mobile Soon): Quick File and Screenshot Sharing

We’ve talk about how Jumpshare makes file sharing from the browser easy Jumpshare - A File Sharing Service That Offers Previews Of The File Before Downloading Jumpshare - A File Sharing Service That Offers Previews Of The File Before Downloading Quickly drag a file to your browser in order to share it. Your friends will be able to see a preview of the file before deciding to download – assuming it's one of the 150... Read More , but the well-liked file sharing service has started offering desktop apps. If you’re a Mac or a Windows user, you can quickly share files by dragging them to an icon.

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Mobile versions of Android an iOS are apparently also on the way. If you want a quick way to share files, look into Jumpshare.

File.io: This File Will Self Destruct

Sometimes you want to share a file with one person and one person only – File.io is perfect for those cases. Upload a file and you’ll get a link to it. Share that link with a friend – once it’s downloaded, the file is deleted from Fil.io’s servers. There won’t even be a log of what the file was.

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There’s a pretty generous file limit of 50GB, and a very simple API that lets you upload files from the command prompt using only curl. You can even set an expiration date for a file, if you want.

Quack.Space: Share Files with Anyone Nearby

Upload a file; only people nearby can see it. Quack.Space is a sort of like location-based chat service Yik Yak 10 Things You Need to Know About Yik Yak 10 Things You Need to Know About Yik Yak Yik Yak is an app that lets anyone post anonymous messages visible only to others nearby. But what does Yik Yak actually do? Read More , but for files.

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If you want to quickly share a file with a group of people – say, a classroom full of students – this seems like an easy way to do it. Assuming everyone is willing to turn on location services, they should be able to just head to quack.space and download the file immediately.

Google Tone: Share Information with Your Speakers

You find a great or app, and want to share it with your friend who is in the same room as you. You could email them the link, or IM it, but neither of those methods are particularly fast. Google Tone might be, though.

It’s more of an experiment than a practical piece of technology, but it’s interesting. Using the microphone and speaker built into every laptop, this extension makes it easy to share something with people who are in the same room as you. Give it a shot.

What File Sharing Sites Do You Use?

There’s still no perfect file sharing site out there, but the above services are all useful in different ways. I want to know which services you use when you need to send a file, so let me know in the comments below okay? I’m looking forward to learning from you.

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  1. A41202813GMAIL ..
    October 5, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Dozens.

    I Do Not Share, I Do Backup.

    If A Site Is Free, And Requires Login, And You Can Use The Browser For All Your Uploads And Downloads, I Am On Board.

    Give Me A List, And I Will Be Surprised If I Have Not Used Half Of Them.

    Cheers.

    • Justin Pot
      October 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      So you just backup your files to several different services?

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        October 7, 2015 at 3:49 am

        Yup, Dozens.

        Mainly, My 20+ Years Scripts.

        Keeping My Beloved **Eggs** In As Many Baskets As Possible.

        Thank You For Responding.

        • Justin Pot
          October 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

          Are you concerned at all about your privacy? About someone finding and downloading the files?

        • A41202813GMAIL ..
          October 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

          Some Of My Files Have Rather Unique Names.

          So, Yeah, I GOOGLEd Them And Downloaded Them Without Even Being Logged In - Anyone Could Do The Same.

          Mostly Are Old COBOL Scripts, No Personal Information Whatsoever.

          Most Unknown Free Sites Are Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - I Do Not Expect Much Privacy From Them, Anyway.

          My Main Concern Is Not Losing My Scripts Forever.

          Cheers.

  2. Sue Frantz
    October 4, 2015 at 11:33 pm
    • Justin Pot
      October 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      How did I miss this? Kind of makes an entire section of my article irrelevant doesn't it? It's cool though, I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

  3. Jeff Schallenberg
    October 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    What about Google Drive?

    With gMail I simply attach a shared link to a file on my Drive. No muss, no fuss.

    • Justin Pot
      October 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Google Drive is great! This column aims to talk about services most peoplel haven't heard of, though.

  4. Jagdesh Singh Jjsd
    October 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the article.been using others(mediafire,zippyshare,4shared,mega,speedyshare to name a few) and the major drawback was the upload limit.
    File.io might be able to solve this :)

    • Justin Pot
      October 5, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Enjoy!

  5. Jaex
    October 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm
    • Justin Pot
      October 5, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      This looks interesting, thanks for pointing it out!

  6. Maryon Jeane
    October 3, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Excellent to know about File.io - I don't use Dropbox etc. any more because of privacy problems, so this is great news. Definitely going to try them - thank you!

    • Justin Pot
      October 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      If privacy is your concern, this will work, but File.io is going to be annoying if anyone starts and doesn't finish a download. Just a heads up.

      • Maryon Jeane
        October 4, 2015 at 1:58 am

        Thanks for that, Justin; it shouldn't be a problem because I only use online transfers for one-offs and/or urgent transfers, the rest of the time I use BitTorrent Sync - so my recipients will just download immediately and be done and dusted.

  7. Phil Nolan
    October 3, 2015 at 7:14 am

    If you're sharing files with the same person a lot BitTorrent Sync is definitely the way to go. It's easy to set up and then any file you drop in it's folder is streamed quickly and securely to the other person(s). I love that it's streamed so there's no upload, then download time. And there's no file limit which is great for those of us that work with very large files.

    • Justin Pot
      October 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      I really like BitTorrent Sync, am a heavy user. It's a little annoying when updates break things, but overall it's a pretty great way to keep folders in sync.

      • Maryon Jeane
        October 4, 2015 at 2:02 am

        Filedrop is also good - basic and clunky, but does the job, particularly if you just need to transfer between, say, your desktop and your other devices before you leave the house or your desktop and your partner's devices ditto.

        • Justin Pot
          October 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

          Good to know!

  8. Rob Nightingale
    October 3, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I've been using File.io for quite a while, and recommend it all the time. :)

    • Justin Pot
      October 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Cool! Do you ever have problems with files being deleted before you're ready?

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