After more than a year of beta testing, a Berlin startup’s sophisticated new Facebook app will launch today. The app, Pipe, melds peer-to-peer technology with your social graph to enable a cutting-edge new way to share… files reports Wired.com?
Indeed, Pipe will be the only file transfer utility on Facebook. It allows two friends to send files of up to 1GB — 40 times the maximum attachment size on Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail — by simply dragging and dropping them into Pipe. If one of the friends is offline, Pipe can keep the file in an online locker.
Pipe arrives at a time when it’s passé to help people grub about with something as low level as a file. Today’s hot startups enable the sharing of entire photo collections, music playlists, and personal digital “experiences.” Just ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who years ago ditched a Pipe-like file-sharing app called Wirehog to focus on the richer, social core of Facebook.