Boston-based Tubes came to my attention recently, and I have to say it’s one of the most innovative ways to share files with your friends, family, and colleagues (or even your computers) that I’ve seen yet. Founded by a bunch of former IBM and such companies, it’s a desktop app that lets you create special ‘tubes’ with the people you know and share stuff through them (after all, the whole Interwebs is, just a bunch of tubes).
How It Works
Here’s how Tubes works. You signup and download the Tubes app, then install the app which allows you to set it up and invite anyone you want to share files with to do the same. You can then setup ‘Tubes’ with specific people (or a group), and that creates a folder somewhere on their (and your) hard drive — corresponding to that Tube.
Now, when you want to share any files with a group of people (i.e. I’ve setup a “Pictures” tube with my parents), just launch the Tubes Navigator app and drag the file in that tube. Next time they login, the files should should download and show up in the folder corresponding to that tube on their hard drive — and this process is vice versa for the kind of files they share. Tubes also provides a premium version which you gives you more storage and features
While enterprise-like sharing apps have never really appealed to me, I think Tubes is one of the concepts which just might — I get the idea, and let’s admit it, we’ve all been dreaming up this kind of a barebones sharing app for years now. Something which would make Tubes appeal to more people would be a web-based side to the app and perhaps getting their product different ‘custom’ versions, like an enterprise version which focuses on such implications, and so on.