How to share files of any kind with your Facebook friends

Sharing pictures is absurdly easy on Facebook--but if you want to share a document, PDF, or some other kind of file, it's been easier to use e-mail or some other, slower means. Filefly is a new FB app that lets you share any file easily with friends.

Facebook makes it easy to share a few things: thoughts, links, pictures, and videos. It's not exactly known as a productivity enhancer (quite the opposite), but that doesn't mean you can't get fancy and use it to share other files, like documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Filefly is a great free FB app that lets you do all that. Here's how to use it: 

  1. Log in to Facebook and visit the Filefly app page (or just type "filefly" into the search bar), then click "Use Filefly" and accept the request for permission. 
  2. To get started, click "New Folder." You've got several options now, many of which should be familiar. 
    Step 2: New Filefly folder.
    Step 2: New Filefly folder.
  3. You may want to start by changing the default title. Click "Set Title" and type whatever you like. 
  4. Select "Add Files" to upload files into your new folder. 
    Step 4: Upload files.
    Step 4: Upload files.
  5. When you're ready to share your folder, click "Invite Friends" and select which friends you want to share with. They get a message that you're sharing a folder that includes a link. 

It's as simple as can be, really. You're limited to 2GB, but that's plenty for most purposes, and if you need more, you may want to consider a more high-powered collaborative file-sharing arrangement instead.

About the author

    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.

     

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