ZipShare is an application from WinZip that quickly and easily allows users to share up to 100 megabytes worth of data on Facebook, either to their groups or on their Wall. The app brings you through Facebook Connect, asks you to upload your files and where you want to post them (group or Wall). The app then converts this data into a zip file and publishes a download link.
In order to retrieve the information users simply click on the link on Facebook, which goes back to the ZipShare website, download and they’re done. While this isn’t the only file sharing service that utilizes Facebook, ZipShare distinguishes itself for being so quick to use,and be being free of ads, delays and pop-ups.
Prescott Lee of ZipShare said this was all intentional. The app was meant to be simple, and to fill a gap that exists on Facebook, which allows for easy sharing of video and photo files but not things like Excel files or PowerPoint presentations. ZipShare even allows for a package of multiple types of files to be bundled into a zip file at once with the app.
Currently ZipShare allows for a 20 MB limit per upload, with users capped at a total of 100 MB. The files stay on the servers for 7 days, then expire and the space frees up again. “this is really the first foray into social [for WinZip] but there are other things we are thinking about right now,” Lee said. He added that, in the week prior to its release, hundreds of folks took advantage of an email invite signup to be among the first to use the app.
A week into its release the app already has several thousand users, he added. People today often connect with friends primarily via Facebook rather than email or old instant messaging clients, so there’s a need for socially-focused file sharing services like ZipShare.