Quick Sharing Places

Quick sharing places are usually one-click free or pay service websites through which people can easily upload and share information. There is a variety of provided services; for example, some websites permit paste of text or code, others are dedicated to document upload, some others allow users to quickly slap up images and there are also some that allow any filetype uploads whithout restrictions. Different services have set different kinds of access permissions for users. For example, there are some websites that offer totally free services, others that offer services only to registered users who own an account and some others that allow users to have both premium and free accounts with different abilities. Almost every service provider sets some filesize restrictions to control the network traffic with the exeption of those who have no restrictions for premium users (non-free).

Some examples of quick sharing places are the following ones:

A pastebin, also known as a nopaste, is a web application which allows its users to upload snippets of text, usually samples of source code (but anything else as well like prose or poetry) , for public viewing. It is very popular in IRC channels where pasting large amounts of text is considered bad etiquette. A vast number of pastebins exist on the Internet, suiting a number of different needs and provided features tailored towards the crowd they focus on most.[1] [2] Pastebins allow people to post without registering or paying and the pastes normally expire after a set period (e.g after a month) so as to reclaim any lost disk space for the host.[2]

Some Common Pastebin Features
source code highlighting
comparison (e.g. diff's)
password protection / encryption
notifications (alerts of new pastes, or replies to pastes - normally through a chat system like IRC)

The open nature of pastebins could render them susceptible to spam though.

A virtual example of pastebin use and features can be found here:

There are many types of pastebins allover the internet and almost any big project has its own pastebin. Some well-known pastebin examples are the following ones:

cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
cell-content cell-content
Bibliography
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastebin (GNU Free Documentation License)
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