TribalWeb, a free peer-to-peer file sharing service, has launched its services in the UK. TribalWeb, is designed for individuals, groups and small businesses and allows users to share documents of any size, photographs or films, on a private network.
First launched in France in 2005, the service attracted more than 120,000 users in its first year.
" we have been able to achieve our goals of simplicity, speed and security "
"We are delighted with the response to the new software, which has attracted users of all ages, both male and female," said co-founder, Stephane Herry. "The range of networks they have set up is equally diverse, from families sharing videos of loved ones to genealogists exchanging family history documents to DJs sharing mixes with other DJs on their networks!"
The launch of TribalWeb has made the sharing of large files among such groups possible for the first time. Options available until now have been complicated or prohibitively expensive or, as with email, only capable of sending small files and giving no certainty that files have been received.
"By contrast, by adopting optimization technology focused on achieving efficient file exchange, we have been able to achieve our goals of simplicity, speed and security," said Herry. "TribalWeb is installed simply by downloading the software from our Web site: you select both those whom you wish to join your private network and there is no restriction on file size."
"Only users of the network can see shared files: similarly, only the sender and receiver are aware of each individual exchange, broken exchanges automatically resume with no data loss and all network data is 128-bit encrypted. All these features are free and TribalWeb provides email assistance to resolve any problems or queries," added Herry.
The company said the introduction of TribalWeb into the UK market coincides with the launch of Version 2 of the software. Previously, shared folders could only be downloaded as read-only files: the new version will also offer the recipient a write, or upload, option. TribalWeb 2.0 also includes an improved graphical interface, together with the introduction of English, German and Spanish versions.
The TribalWeb peer-to-peer file sharing service is available free-of-charge by downloading the software from the TribalWeb Web site.