What's better than sharing multiple gigabytes of music, videos, and photos with the entire world? Sharing files with just the friends you want, according to LimeWire. A new version of the P2P company's client allows content to be shared only with specific friends you know. But in light of LimeWire's recent clean-up act and attempts to launch a legit music store, an emphasis on content-sharing features may not be the company's best move.
Available from the company's alpha page, LimeWire 5 sports a completely redesigned UI and new, granular options for sharing specific files or types of files with your friends instead of (or in addition to) the entire world. To establish a personal identity for this feature, LimeWire users must add Google Talk (or other Jabber credentials) to a buddy list area in LimeWire's sidebar. Once you swindle talk your friends into installing the new alpha, every piece of media you have can be shared with a specific friend, and you can chat inside of LimeWire to make others aware of what you'd like them to download. You can also select a "collection" of content, such as all of your audio, video, documents, or applications, to share with specific friends.