As audio, video, and digital picture files have grown in size, the problem of how to share them with others has become more of an issue. ISPs and Email systems like Gmail impose a limitation on the size of file attachments, which is usually in the neighborhood of 10 MB. It is quite easy to exceed that limit with the files most of us are now creating.
Therefore this “problem” has produced an opportunity for a new service, free file hosting. One of the latest of such services to enter the field is Mediafire. Unlike RapidShare, which I’ve used in the past, Mediafire imposes no limit on the file size or the number of simultaneous downloads or uploads you can initiate. And having experimented with it this morning, I am pleased to report that the upload speed is quite good — over 350 KB/sec, though that of course depends upon the speed of your connection. Once a file is uploaded, you receive a link to that file that you can share with others, if you choose, so that they can download the file. I’ve reviewed the Terms of Service and find them to be acceptable to me, and I suspect you would conclude the same.
You do not have to create an account to use the service, however doing so makes sense to me. It is free, and I see no downside to it and some benefits. When you create the account, the service stores a cookie on your computer so that when you revisit the site, you’ll be able to look under “my files” for the files you’ve uploaded previously. There is a button with which you can delete any file you choose whenever you wish to do so. The blog for the service indicates that at present there is no plan to remove the files. Here’s what they said about that subject in a blog entry on October 25th.
As of this writing, uploaded files will remain on MediaFire for an indefinite period unless you choose to delete them from within the My Files page of your account. In the future if deleting data should become necessary as our user base grows you will receive an email to the account holders email address notifying you of any impending deletion so that you can manage your files accordingly. Any file deletion will be on an as-needed basis and will apply to older and less frequently downloaded files first.
If you have a need to share your home movies with your family or a large-sized Christmas letter containing several pictures you’d like to share with your friends, this would seem to be an excellent solution. Check it out. I think you’ll find it useful, as I do.