By Deane Barker on August 22, 2003

dropload: Who wants to try this out and report on it?

“Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 48 hours, regardless if they have been picked up or not.”

I especially love the bit in the footer:

“Bookmark This Site Now – Win Prizes! (note: there are no prizes)”

Via Anil Dash.



  1. I tried it out, and it’s a gas. Not so much because I need to send files to people, but because it’s a beautiful example of user experience planning.

    It’s so minimalistic. You create an account, then enter an email address and a file. Your target gets an email with a link. The file is deleted from their server (1) in 48 hours, or (2) when the file is downloaded by the target (so don’t send it to as mailing list, because the only first one there gets it).

    Someone once said that perfection isn’t achieved when there’s nothing left to add. Instead, perfection occurs when there’s nothing left to take away. I see that here. It’s so simple it makes me giddy.

    This, combined with Mailinator, would make a scary-anonymous way to pass stuff around the Internet.

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