A Silicon Valley start up is launching a free Web based outsourcing service on 14 April to enable users to transfer large data files over the Internet without the usual interminable waits.
Click2send said that Web surfers will be able to deposit a file of up to 50Mb in a secure area of the its Web site and email a receiver to pick it up within ten days.
David Knight, the firm?s founder and chief technology officer, explained that the idea came to him when he was trying to email a 4Mb file at midnight that had to arrive before 6 am the following day. After a number of failed attempts, he eventually got in his car and delivered a Zip cartridge to a friend himself.
Knight continued that Click2send?s service would be paid for by banner advertising based on user demographics and billboard ads that open on screen while files are being downloaded and uploaded. When users become dependent on the service, the plan is to introduce a subscription fee for a superior one that includes "more storage and more security," he said.
The company also has a scheme for business to business transactions in the works as well. For example, Mattel is using its services to transfer interactive Barbie and game files around its numerous divisions, enabling sales and marketing staff to observe them as easily as technical staff, who are used to sending material by way of file transfer protocol (FTP).
According to Forrester Research, the market for free email is huge, and daily global Internet email traffic is expected to increase to 1.5 billion messages per day in 2002 from 100 million in 1996.
Click2send was set up nine months ago by Charlene Steele Vaughn, former Time Warner Interactive founding executive.
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