Prague based Allpeers cofounder Matthew Gertner came by my house today to install the product and let me try it out.
Allpeers is a Firefox extension that creates a simple, persistent buddy list in the browser. Initially, interaction with those buddies will be limited to discovering and sharing files – If you choose to, you can share any file on your network with one or more of your friends. They will be able to see what files you choose to share (even getting an RSS feed of new files you include), and with a single click download it to their own hard drive.
See my original post on Allpeers for more information.
Matt took me through installation and setup of the product, and he shared a number of files with me. The interface for adding friends and sharing files is intuitive. Adding a file into Allpeers requires only dragging it from the hard drive into the browser, and sharing the file requires only a single click.
The service is not yet freely available, and Matt says that 35,000 people have requested to be notified by email when the service goes live.
As I wrote before, Allpeers is the “Killer App” for Firefox – Mozilla based Flock and Songbird should immediately be working to convert the basic Allpeers extension to work on their platforms as well.
Allpeers will be launching by the end of March 2006.