BTDigg

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BTDigg
Web address btdigg.org
Slogan REDISCOVER the NET
Type of site BitTorrent DHT search engine, magnet links provider
Registration Not required
Available in Multilingual, primarily English
Launched January 2011
Alexa rank positive decrease 15,631 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Online

BTDigg is the first BitTorrent DHT search engine.[2][3][4][5] It participates in the BitTorrent DHT network, supporting the network and making correspondence between magnet links and a few torrent attributes (name, size, list of files) which are indexed and inserted into a database. For end users, BTDigg provides a full text database search via Web interface. The web part of the search system retrieves proper information by a user's text query. The Web search supports queries in European and Asian languages. The project name is an acronym of BitTorrent Digger (in this context digger means a treasure-hunter).[6]

Features[edit]

BTDigg was created as a DHT search engine for free content for the BitTorrent network. The web part of the BTDigg search system provides magnet links and partial torrent information (name, list of files, size) from the database. The returned results are based on a user's text query. BTDigg's DHT search engine links two subjects that are partial information from a torrent and a magnet link, similar to the process of linking the content of a web page with a page URL. BTDigg also provides API for third-party applications.[2]

BTDigg Web interface supports English, Russian, Portuguese languages. Users can customize search results by choosing proper sort order in the web interface. Additional features are search API, API popularity, plugins for μTorrent and qBittorrent clients, Web browser OpenSearch plugin (for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome). API popularity gives a picture of changing popularity for a torrent in the BitTorrent DHT network.

History of BTDigg[edit]

BTDigg was founded by Nina Evseenko in January 2011.[7]

Date Milestone
31 March 2011 Web plugin to search with one click
4 April 2011 API popularity
9 April 2011 qBittorrent plugin
13 April 2011 new Web design
19 April 2011 showing torrent info-hash as QR code picture
28 April 2011 torrent fakes detection
30 April 2011 detection of torrent duplicates
12 July 2011 charts of the popular torrents in soft real-time
29 July 2011 different sort order
16 Jan 2012 supporting SSL connections
27 March 2012 showing distributed votes

Advantages and disadvantages[edit]

The are advantages and disadvantages of BTDigg. BTDigg provides decentralization of database creation and ability to show distributed ratings being provided by users via μTorrent.[8] There is also no guarantee about content because BTDigg doesn't analyze and doesn't store content. BTDigg is not a tracker because it doesn't share content, doesn't participate in or coordinate BitTorrent swarm. It's not a BitTorrent Index because it doesn't store and doesn't maintain a static list of torrents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Btdigg.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b Ernesto (23 February 2011). "BTDigg, The First Trackerless Torrent Search Engine". Torrent Freak. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Topics". eNotes. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Anthony, Sebastian (24 February 2011). "BTDigg, The First DHT Trackerless Decentralized Torrent Search Engine". Download Squad. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "BTDigg: A Trackerless Torrent Search Engine". Make Use of. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "About". BTDigg. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "P2P, Web marketing And Legality? BTDigg Has The Answer". Bosmol Social Media News. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Ernesto (29 March 2012). "BTDigg Adds uTorrent Ratings To Search Results". Torrent Freak. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 

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