Scribd isn’t as well known as many other sites, but what it does, it does quite well.Simply put, it’s a way to share documents via the web. The documents can be invarious formats, and the site automatically converts them for you. Once you’veuploaded a document, you then get the ability to embed it in different sites anddownload it in different formats. It’s a nice and easy way to share documents.Easy to useFreeShifts the bandwidth for hosting large files to someone elseCons:Requires Flash and therefore may not work well on all platforms (there have beenproblems with Linux in the past)It’s weak on the social networkingOnly two levels of document security: “public” and “private”Search doesn’t allow you to search by licensing The same caveats about security apply to this site as others. In short, you have noway to guarantee that people will use your documents according to the licenseterms you set, and you have no guarantee that others have the rights to upload thedocuments that they do. So, be careful building a business model around this site.However, like many other “Web 2.0″ sites, the ease of use of this system makes upfor some of the legal ambiguity. Moreover, since it doesn’t support many of thesocial networking features (pretty much just comments), there’s little risk of socialengineering here. In fact, the biggest risks would be getting malware fromdownloading the original and trusting information that you shouldn’t.Malware The way that Scribd works, you upload a document and they automatically convertit into other formats. It is highly unlikely that malicious applications would survivean automated conversation between formats, but if you download the original, youmight be at risk. You can avoid that one pretty easily by just viewing the documentin the built-in viewer. Trusting Information This one is a risk pretty much all over the Internet, but it can be a bit trickier here.For those in the security field, consider this as a variant of cross site scripting. Forthose who don’t know what I’m talking about, just bear with me.