A pastehome is a Web application that allows users to upload and share text online. The most common use is for sharing source code or configuration information. There are thousands of pastehomes online, often geared towards particular groups or focuses.
Once text has been uploaded to a pastehome, other users can edit. Each upload has its own URL, which users share through IRC, programming-related forums, or other online venues such as Facebook or Twitter. Twitter users sometimes post pastehome URLs to send followers to longer updates than the microblogging site allows. Programmers use pastehomes to share interesting code with others or to solicit help with debugging. Users also post text notes and conversations from IRC (Internet Relay Chat) logs.