Facebook’s messaging system isn’t optimal for transferring large files. Pipe looks to solve that problem. Pipe, an application that is set to launch Wednesday, allows Facebook users to easily send files of up to 1 gigabit to each other. If the person receiving the file isn’t on Facebook, users can still send 100-megabit files to be received once their Facebook friend logs on.
Pipe is simple to use, as once users open the app, they can just drag-and-drop files into a “Super Mario Bros.”-like pipe. The files do not go through Facebook’s servers, so users worried about privacy can safely use the app. Pipe establishes a peer-to-peer connection when both users are online. If the person receiving the file is offline, then it is stored in their locker.
People can send documents, photos, videos, music, and any other kind of files through Pipe to other Facebook friends.
Users can either get Pipe from Facebook’s App Center, or gain access to the app when friends send them files through Pipe.
Pipe CEO Simon Hossell discussed this new product with AllFacebook:
Pipe is the simplest way to send a ﬁle: Just select a friend, pick a ﬁle, and drop it in the Pipe. Your friend receives it instantly, as if by magic. We’ve worked really hard to make Pipe this simple. Anyone can use it. The user just drops a ﬁle in the Pipe and their friend receives it. We’ve made the technology invisible. The thing is, you can use Pipe with all of your friends, even those who have never heard of Pipe. Only you, the person sending the ﬁle, needs to be on Pipe, because when your friend accepts the ﬁle transfer, the Pipe app installs for them, too. Pipe is safe and secure to use with people you love and trust because we’ve created a direct peer-to-peer connection between you and your friend.
Readers: Have you been looking for a better way to transfer files on Facebook?