Pastebin is a free webservice wherein you can paste text to share with your friends, and keep it there for a certain period of time. You can paste text, and share it with your friends, family or even with your colleagues. Also, you can choose for how long the particular post should remain, because after the specified time period that post will automatically get deleted.
You can also choose to keep your paste public, or private. This can all be done for free, without a need to download or install any software. Anyone is welcome to paste any type of word one likes to, however, it is widely used by techies to store configuration information or pieces of sources code .
The main purpose behind this productive website is to make it more convenient for people to share large amount of text. Pastebin also has the supplementary option to make private pasting. The private pastings are visible only to the people you choose to share your links with. This actually I thought was a drawback of Pastebin. It does not give an option to password protect your private pastes. If anyone knows the URL of your private paste, she/he can see it. I would definitely love to see an option of password protection for private pastes.
You can even follow your friends and view a flowing texts of pastes. Apart from friends you can follow any member of Pastebin. In addition, you will also come across with a program called Pastebin Desktop. This program lets you upload the content directly to Pastebin without dropping onto the Web site. With Pastebin Desktop, you are able to take full advantage of your Pastebin.com account directly from your desktop. There is an icon in your system tray (at the bottom right corner), which lets you access the full application.
The best part about Pastebin.com is that this web application is absolutely free of cost. The availability of numerous features offered by Pastebin.com makes it worth trying out.
Some of the advanced features of Pastebin are:
- Compare two or more pastes
- Simultaneous notifications through IRC or XMPP
- Paste histories
- Protects your password, and virtual subdomains.
- Syntax highlighting for various programing languages
How to use Pastebin.com
- On the website a simple interface will appear with a large text box for your paste
- Paste your text, click on “Submit”
- The program will upload your text to Pastebin
You also have an attractive options to specify the following things in settings menu:
- For how long do you want your paste to stay on the site
- Either you want to keep it private or want it to be public
- The type of link you would like for the paste (normal, raw, or download)
Here is a cool Pastebin page where you can add your paste and submit :
Pastebin can be accessed with:
- Pastebin Desktop for Windows
- Google Chrome Extension
- Firefox Add-on
- iPhone/iPad Application
- HP WebOS Application
- Android Application
- Mac OS X Desktop Widget
- Opera Extension
In short, Pastebin is quite an advantage if you want to share your text files on the web. It is completely free of cost which is worth trying out. So head over to the website and share your words with others.