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Little Shoot – P2P plugin offers searchability

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Little Shoot is a new P2P file sharing plugin which gives you instant search of several content sources, such as Flickr, YouTube, Limewire and the Little Shoot network itself. The key to the product is simplicity, not just downloads but also sharing. It’s all built around your browser and there’s a simple search box, plus an equally easy to use Publish tab, all of which should make it a cinch to share your documents and media with anyone anywhere.

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The search function works as you’d expect, bringing up a selection of results from the various services on offer. It’s clear the developers have aimed to keep this legal, because naughty content is kept to a bare minimum.

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The interesting part is the publishing function, since you can share a file in seconds, simply by clicking on the browse button to find the file on your computer and then selecting Publish. No uploads, it’s all shared from your hard disk via the plugin. Clever.

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There’s a built in music player as well, which works well, although there’s no obvious way to clear your search results apart from going back to the original home URL, which is a bit of a pain. All in all an interesting little application, which could encourage more people to experiment with the idea of sharing their content with the world in a simple and direct way.

 LittleShoot is the most powerful transmitter I can imagine. After working for four years as the lead engineer at LimeWire, I started LittleShoot to overcome all of LimeWire’s shortcomings, from ease of use to legal issues to the underlying technology. The result is a standards-based peer-to-peer application that works directly from your browser with the most powerful searching, publishing, and downloading technology available today. LittleShoot is far more than just a powerful transmitter. It’s also a receiver, and it can find new signals. In many ways, it’s like Google for files instead of web pages, but that doesn’t cover the transmitting. With LittleShoot, publishing your content is clicks away, and you don’t have to wait for it to upload anywhere.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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