FriendFeed Adds File Sharing. No Movies, But MP3s Are Fine.


The killer features of FriendFeed continue. Today, the service has just added a way to share files on the service. So now it’s just as easy to share a PDF or text file as it is to share a picture. “You can attach (almost) any file to your FriendFeed posts via the web interface or by emailing file attachments to,” FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor says.

And what’s really great about this is that using FriendFeed direct messaging aspect, you can easily transfer files to certain individuals, or groups of people at the same time.

Unfortunately, it looks like you can’t do things like share movies, but it can share MP3 files, which is awesome. And yes, those MP3s can be played inline right from within FriendFeed. The obvious question is, will this lead to PiracyFeed? You can, after all, download these MP3s after they are shared. Though one-at-time songs might be a little tedious for rabid piracy.

Update: Apparently, you can only upload 3 MP3s a day, which is FriendFeed’s attempt to prevent all-out piracy. And as of right now you can only play actual MP3 files on FriendFeed, but Taylor notes that he hopes to add M4A (AAC) files soon, so that iPhone voice memos are supported.

Here’s more from Taylor:

We have a rolling 24-hour upload limit, so if you upload a number of big files, you will eventually hit it.

We have stricter limit on audio file uploads (3 per day per user now, but it could change in the future). Regarding copyrighted materials, our policy is to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable intellectual property law (including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers. You can see details of our policy here:

Our target users for this launch are the people using FriendFeed groups for collaboration, so we optimized the feature for sharing smaller documents, not just media files.