After two years of development filebite, the brainchild of Sunil Mark Singh and Jason Pickering, who graduated in 2011 from the University of Bournemouth, has undergone extensive beta testing and will welcome its first public users when it launches in June. Personal users will be able to access the filebite platform free of charge and receive 2GB of capacity, 100mb per upload and a maximum 30GB of data transfer per month. There are no limits on the sharing of files between friends. There are three packages for businesses. Business users can buy 25GB capacity for £24 per month; 50GB for £45 per month or 100GB for £90 per month and they can allocate this capacity among users within their company. Business administrators have the ability to broadcast group notifications and messages to all their members.
By combining a social media platform with a file sharing capability filebite aims to make it easier for business and personal users to manage their files the way they want, sharing and interacting with whom they want under a single user-friendly interface. Personal users can choose whether they want to share privately between friends or want to promote their own material on a shared page for the world to see. Businesses can use filebite for sharing files with suppliers and clients, for project management or as an intranet between colleagues. filebite automatically sorts files into categories and, utilising a simplified tagging system to create albums or groups of files, means files are manageable and easy to find.
filebite's distinctive in-house applications provide reassurance that users' data doesn't go anywhere other than where it is stored. No third parties are able to access data unlike other sites which incorporate third party applications. Moreover, filebite's vault facility adds a secondary layer of security to highly sensitive files - making it impossible for others to access and look at the file without the user's permission.
"Our long term goal is to have a platform which allows SMEs and professional teams the chance to share & promote themselves interactively with personal users in a non intrusive manner," explains Singh. "Twitter is the best platform out there but doesn't allow the interaction of files which can be highly influential for marketing. We are building towards this by making a platform which appeals to both business and personal users incorporating a social media and file sharing and storage approach."
Other filebite features include:
· Instant chat/real-time discussion facility - the site is based upon communications and interactions
· Public or private - the user can choose how they want their profile to be set.
· Share files with just the people you want to share with - no more public access.
· Business users can expand and retract the space allocated to their staff depending on their activities.
· Businesses can set their profile to an intranet or a public collaboration tool depending on business activity.
· Business profiles are customisable with their own logo, thereby representing the company's brand to its contacts. This can be added to all team members who represent the business.
· It is secure and private with SSL encryption meaning no one is able to hack your files.
"Throughout the development process we have adopted 'simple is better' as our mantra," adds Pickering. "We believe we have created an innovative value for money proposition rather than purely trying to compete on space or price. The file sharing experience/Being Professional?
filebite is an online file management tool combining the power of cloud computing with the attractiveness of social networking. It is more than just an online file storage and sharing platform. The full control and organisation of your files merged under a secure, social and practical interface make it distinctive in the current market.