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Peer2Mail Makes its Mark
October 9, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
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Let’s say you have a 3 gigabyte email account. Let us further assume you have a 2 gigabyte business project you absolutely must transfer to dozens of your coworkers. Furthermore, you don’t have the time to burn 30 DVDs and the file must be distributed right now. Peer2Mail might be able to help.

Peer2Mail is one of Ran Geva’s most recent additions to the file-sharing world. Ran Geva has been known for hordes of various file-sharing projects, such as DIYP2P, Maileet, Sigster and URL Blaze. Although Ran has an accomplished resume, none of his projects have become spectacularly popular – until Peer2Mail.

Peer2Mail is not a traditional P2P network, yet the distribution of files requires extensive community involvement. File distribution originates from email servers, not personal computers. When an individual wants to make a file available, he or she must have a email account capable of holding large files; such as from Yahoo or Google. Before the file is uploaded to the email server, it must be broken up into segments to comply with file size limitations.

Once the file is on the email server, the individual can then announce the file’s availability. This is where the community comes into play.

Since the release of Peer2Mail, dozens of community sites have risen. These community sites are vital to Peer2Mail’s public existence as they function as a central meeting point to announce files intended for distribution.

Conversely, if one wishes to share within a small group, say with only 30 co-workers, Peer2Mail works just as well. Once the file is uploaded to the email server, members of the small group then have fast, dedicated access to the project.

So far, Peer2Mail has been very popular in South America (especially Brazil) and Spain. It also is building a wide user base in Turkey and Israel. An extensive list of Peer2Mail sites is maintained in the Peer2Mail forums.

Ran Geva explains there are several key reasons for Peer2Mail’s success, such as the ability to download from fast dedicated server, files stay within the community permanently, you don’t have to be online to share, you don’t waste bandwidth on upload, and your IP address is safe from prying eyes.

s the last reason sits very well with members of the Peer2Mail community, considering file announcements are made publicly. If an individual wants to publish a file to a wide audience, he or she must announce it on a Peer2Mail forum dedicated to such announcements. The individual must announce the email server’s location, and the password to his or her account. The password is encrypted to give the end user read only access through the Peer2Mail browser, disallowing any email account takeovers.

Normally someone publicly announcing a file, for example via FTP, would be running an enormous risk. Many Peer2Mail users are finding these risks are mitigated by using Peer2Mail. Virtually no public email service requires truthful information when establishing an account, thereby making Peer2Mail a safer and more anonymous method for distributing files.

Since Peer2Mail is not a traditional P2P network, it's difficult to gauge it exact usage. Yet one doesn’t need to look far to notice the growing community surrounding this application. From a wide array of various programs, it appears that Ran Geva has his first real hit in the file-sharing community – and tells us that the best is yet to come.

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P2P Clients :: Other Clients
File-Sharing/P2P Related :: Software

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