Facebook launches file sharing for groups

Facebook has begun updating its groups to provide users with a new feature that will allow group members to share files with one another.

The update started rolling out yesterday to a small number of its groups and will be offered to all groups in the next few days, according to Kate Freeman of Mashable. Freeman has discussed the new feature with Facebook, and the company informed her that groups that don't yet have the file sharing abilities will get it "soon."

Users can upload files up to 25MB in size using the new ability, although certain files aren't permitted: music files and executables will not be allowed to be uploaded. Additionally, users will have the ability to report questionable files just as they would other content, such as photos, in Facebook. An example of how the new feature will work in the current group interface can be seen in the image below. Group members will be given a new option when posting content, "Upload File," which will allow them to share a file and leave an attached comment.

File sharing was first available for Facebook's new Groups for Schools, which launched last month, although at the time it was unclear if the feature was specific to Groups for Schools. 

Facebook acquired file-sharing service drop.io for around $10 million in October 2010; the social media company then closed the site's operations in December of the same year. While its not known if drop.io's former staff is responsible for the new feature, it's probable the acquisition was more than a coincidence.

Photo courtesy of Mashable

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So it looks like they want to replace collaborative software such as Lotus Quickr or VMWare Zimbra. No thanks, I like my collaborative files hosted on my own hardware where no sneaky eyes can pry on it.

25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

*facepalm*

Didn't you know you can already add videos to a group?

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

Dude, they're a social networking site, not a cloud service. 25MB is pretty good.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

You do understand the amount of users on FB? 25MB is sufficient for small files, documents etc. This isn't supposed to be a replacement for file-hosting in general but an added bonus for groups to share smaller documents. Everything else can be hosted on dedicated servers/file-hosting websites.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

Provide money for the cost of the bandwidth and storage, You don't have to use Facebook's methods of sending videos to family members.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

Use DropBox. Just send them the link and they can download the video.

EDIT: Or, you can use ge.tt: http://ge.tt/

I can't tell if this is actual complaint or flame bait. If it's the latter, bravo. If it's the former then get over yourself.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

Try and upload a 100MB attachment on Neowin, and see if it allows you. Does that mean Neowin is ~being in charge and monitoring everything~? Stop with your "big company is evil" sensationalism.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica.

Then click "Add photo/video" - clue's in the title as to what that does.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

Create a split archive, and have 25MB chunks.

cropcircles said,
25MB is ridiculous. What if I wanted to send a video to a family member living in Jamaica. They should make it a least 100MB and let people share whatever they want as long as its virus free. Of course FB wants to be in charge and monitor every little thing you do. They're getting worse then Google.

It's free and more than regular email providers will let you send.

I think it's okayish, albeit its use would be very limited to me.

I still prefer emailing stuff, and if it's really big, sending it via IM.
If I need it provided to more than one guy or it needs availability AND is bigger than the usual 10MB email limit, then there is still stuff like zshare, rapidshare and the likes... until they are closed to pamper dinosaur industries that don't want to move WITH the time, but against it.

GS:mac

hotdog963al said,
Surely you'd just use the normal video uploader? Why would you upload it as a file.

Do you mean me? I wasn't talking about video...
Well either way:
Maybe if you want the added protection of a passworded zip archive for example.

GS:mac

Fus10n said,
This is actually really good for Artist/DJs that want an easier way to share their music
Except that the artist would be unable to upload their music to Facebook, according to the restrictions.