RapidShare was invented by Christian Schmid a few years ago when he was looking for a new option for sending and filing large files, because it was only possible to send these by email to a limited extent. He therefore developed the first 1-click file hoster, at that time under the name of ezShare, and initially as a private service. The service spread rapidly because it met a real need felt by a large number of people: to store large files quickly and easily and send the download links to friends and acquaintances. The website rapidshare.com is among the most visited websites worldwide. An estimated 400,000 files a day are uploaded onto the company's powerful server farms.