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YouTube-killer uses P2P

YouTube, MySpace and Flickr all came from nowhere to become the leading lights of the social-networking generation, and already look to be in an almost unassailable position at the top of the Web 2.0 tree.

But countless small startups hope to follow in their footsteps in a bid to get a slice of the action. The latest is an online content-sharing site called Izimi, the self-styled ‘future of internet publishing’ which claims to offer the perfect way for you to share music, films and photos online. Although YouTube, MySpace and Flickr seem to have those three covered already, Izimi claims it’s got an ace up its sleeve.

Rather than uploading your clips to a remote site, Izimi turns your PC into a peer-to-peer server, so your content remains stored on your computer. Izimi says this will mean your photos, for example, will be available to others more quickly, plus, you’re able to publish and serve any file type of any size to anyone.

A prelaunch version of the site is currently available here, with the full launch scheduled for Monday 5 March.

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