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BitTorrent launches SoShare, a simple file-sharing service that can carry 1 TB of your data absolutely free. SoShare was announced by BitTorrent in a blog post and is in public beta. You can sign-up for the free service, download the browser plug-in, and send your file to as many people as you want. Yes, it’s that simple.

SoShare was thought up as a file sharing and collaboration platform for coders, designers, and artists; people who need to move large files around in a blink. SoShare’s 1 Terabyte of allowed file size should break a few barriers.

Catherine Meek, Director of Product Management at BitTorrent says:

3.34 million Americans work in creative industries. And still: there’s no media delivery service for people who work in media. You can’t fit everything into an attachment. Syncing services have caps. Delivery services have limits.

SoShare runs on the BitTorrent framework. On the front-end there are the browser plug-ins – Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari for Mac; and Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer for Windows. After signing for the service, you can attach your files and send it to any recipient – or multiple recipients – by giving their email addresses. You can also create a public link, if you want to share via chat, Twitter, or Facebook. Recipients are informed with an email. The files are available for 30 days, but the sender can expire them anytime. Downloads can be paused and resumed. The sender receives a delivery receipt when the file is received.

SoShare seems like an elegant solution at this stage. It is free, but will it remain so? This is the big question as it stands to compete against rivals like DropBox, YouSendIt, and others. Tell us your first impressions here.

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Source: BitTorrent Blog

  1. Prashant Mirjankar
    February 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I'm gonna start using bittorrent again....... 1TB sounds a super duper deal (for free).

    Any idea on when utorrent will be starting this

  2. Andy Bristow
    February 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    The SoShare plugin doesn't work with Waterfox

  3. Peter Everett
    February 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This is fantastic news, great service. think i'll be signing up to this asap. I cant see it staying free for long though :(

    • Daniel J. Karas
      February 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I agree. There are times (not always) I need to transfer larger quantities of files across the cloud (than you can get for free from DropBox, etc), but not store them permanently. I will definitely have to check it out.

  4. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    February 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Seems like an attempt to clear the name 'torrent'. BitTorrent has been associated with piracy like Facebook with privacy breach. This is a good service anyway, and heaven forbid if it's closed because people use it to share pirated contents.

    • Saikat Basu
      February 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      BitTorrent is a protocol for file sharing and it is used for a lot of web traffic (around 35%), some of it good and some of it illegal. It is still one of the hottest companies in the Silicon Valley.
      I don't think it needs to "rebrand" itself. I think it's just to get another foot into the huge space of file sharing where it already has a ready-made framework in place for years.

  5. Rama
    February 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    No Linux support?That's a big mistake. The competitors support Linux.

    • Saikat Basu
      February 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      I am sure they realize it; so hopefully it will come sooner than later.

  6. Anabel f.m.
    February 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Fine, I used bitorrent sometimes, this adds interest to the service.

  7. pacificator
    February 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Unfortunately that is not compatible with Linux platform...

    • Saikat Basu
      February 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

      No it is not unfortunately. They have mentioned it.

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