Drop.io Opens Streaming Chat On File Drops

Drop.io, the no-hassle file sharing service, opens up real-time a streaming chat view for any file you create on the site. That means you, a group of collaborators, or the whole world can talk about your stuff.

In other words, Drop.io is kinda moving into the space of real-time chat-and-file services like Campfire. Drop.io, however, has a few advantages going into that ring, as any “drop” you create and watch (by heading to drop.io/drop_name/chat, obviously replacing drop_name for your own variable) has all the same plug-ins as a standard drop space. You get a dedicated number to call and leave voicemails on (posted as MP3s), mobile phones (iPhone and G1 for now) can chat with a “stream key,” files can be emailed in, and, coming “very soon,” third-party clients like Pidgin or iChat can join in the discussion. And anyone in the room can make themselves aware of changes with a wide variety of network alerts:

One notable feature missing from Drop.io real-time chat, as compared to Campfire is, simply, search. Seeing what everyone just recently said about the big news is cool, but that link suggested yesterday is a bit more crucial. Still, if you’re looking to create a one-off or regular, password-protected chat space to discuss files, ideas, and the like, Drop.io might be a good place to try out a little real-time collaboration.

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