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S4ve.as file sharing service is back…for a price

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 15, 2009

A few months ago I discovered a file sharing service at S4ve.as/. It was a free service that allowed you to upload a file of any size, receive a URL that you could share with others for 24 hours, after which time the file would be deleted. This seemed like a good idea for sharing extra large files that might not be conveniently shared through email. I tried it a few times and it worked fine.

However, about a month ago the website suddenly went out, with a message that they were working on technical difficulties but would be back soon. After repeatedly checking back in subsequent weeks with no updates posted, I decided the website was down for good.

Today I see the site is working again, but it’s now charging $.99 per file uploaded, still subject to the 24-hour limit. It might be an attractive offer if the file remained permanently accessible, but not if you can only use it for 24 hours. I doubt they’ll find many takers.

[on second thought, even permanently, for one file it wouldn’t be worth it. There are too many other ways to do it for free]

One Response to “S4ve.as file sharing service is back…for a price”

  1. GrokSurf said

    I see they’ve quickly changed the duration from one day to one week. I’m sure I’m not the only one who voiced the opinion that $.99 for 24 hours was not a good deal. I can’t see how making it one week will attract many users either, when so many people have free space in places like YouTube, Flickr, Google Docs, etc., or space provided through ISPs (my ISP is Cox, they provide 5GB space for online filesharing plus 10MB webspace). I think they have to find a different revenue stream.

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