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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

TweetAFile: Share Important Files With Twitter Using TweetAFile

Earlier today I was talking with @DeliciousCookin when we both realized that we had a file that we needed to share. So I provided my Email address and waited. After far to long a time I tweeted back letting them know that no Email had been received.

It was then that we discovered the issue of file size and my Email provider. We were stuck, how would we be able to share important files with each other. Had I known about TweetAFile we could have tried that before going to all the work that we ended up doing to transfer the data.

A majority of Twitter users still don’t realize that Twitter allows you to share much more than 140-character posts between each other. Using TweetDeck I share everything from videos to articles like this that you are reading. Yet, had no way to share a file across this system. Well, I had no way to do that until now.

With this new Twitter technology you are able to pass data back and forth between one another with great success. It doesn’t appear that there is a file size limit according to what I have reviewed, which makes the tool even better.

Or worse.

I’m sure you’ve heard more than once that you shouldn’t open Email attachments from people that you don’t know. Sage advice if you ask me, though I’m sure it won’t be long before those same people figure a way to share links that shouldn’t be clicked as well.

You know, if they took as much time helping people as being jerks… ahhh, I digress.

Another caution that bares mentioning at this point is the whole concept of Twitter Apps. While Twitter certainly would not be as powerful without its apps, providing your login information to every app that comes along is really not a good idea. I haven’t yet discovered how to tell a safe Twitter app from an unsafe one, but it certainly is something to keep in mind.

Anyway, back to TweetAFile, if you notice in the above article I haven’t given you a whole lot of details on how to use this cool tool. There’s a good reason for that. It’s easy.

Just sign in with your Twitter credentials, browse to the file needing to be exchanged, type the user ID of the person you are sending too with a short message saying what it is and let the tweets fly. That’s really all that needs to be done to share important files with Twitter.

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