With Dropdo, Share Any Media File Quickly and Easily

Q: I'm looking for a service I can use to quickly and easily exchange files with friends. Whenever I want to share something -- song, video or document -- I have to upload it to my email provider and send it over that way. It's a hassle. Any suggestions?

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A: There are a lot of different options -- in addition to basic email providers -- out there that allow you to send and share files of various formats and sizes with others. But Dropdo is a fast and minimalist service that should not be overlooked.

Dropdo allows users to exchange almost any media file up to 25 MB -- documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, audio, video, images, etc. -- by either uploading them to its website or by pasting in a URL where the file already lives. This way, with a unique URL, the files can be played or viewed directly in the browser. And, as if that wasn't simple enough, free extensions for both Firefox and Chrome mean that users can right click on any of the supported media items on a Web page and send them directly to Dropdo.

For now, Dropdo is without individual user accounts. That means you never have to worry about logging in or remembering your password, but it also means that any file you upload through the service will live indefinitely on its servers. The only way to delete a file is to email Dropdo directly, according to Lifehacker's Matthew Rogers. "The site's FAQ mentions this and says that deleting files will likely be included once user accounts are added as a feature in the coming months," Rogers wrote.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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