Google Torrent Search

22 04 2009

Pirate FlagToday I stumbled upon an article >>> about Google now having a torrent tracker. This is particularly interesting to me, since Google is a very renowned company with a great reputation for doing things well, time after time. Given the history of P2P file sharing to attract file privacy lawsuits, this might be considered an edgy act on Google’s part from the sue-happy entertainment industry. I’m not completely familiar with what people can sue over as far as file piracy is concerned, but Google isn’t providing the actual torrent files to users of their torrent search engine. Because of this, I would think that nothing could really happen to Google as far as a possible lawsuit is concerned. They are simply providing a service that shows users where such files are located, and takes them to those places via links.  Apparently the Google torrent search works better than most that are out there do. If the Pirate Bay (very popular torrent site for those unknowing) >>> gets shut down as a result of the lawsuit(s) against them (keep in mind that is in Sweden, not the US), would Google become the next option to find torrents?

You can utilize Google’s torrent searching capabilities here >>> or alternatively (slightly different appearance) here >>>

For comparison purposes, I decided to pit Google’s torrent search against the Pirate Bay’s:

Round 1 – Music – Search Text:  “Flo Rida”

Google torrent search results: Over 84,600,000 (41 pages of “refined” results, and many omitted results not included.  Many links to Flo Rida’s new album R.O.O.T.S.  Though I must admit, there are many irrelevant results mixed in – ex. things about the state Florida and not the popular artist.  Also, Google allows you to refine a search further after searching initially)

Pirate Bay results: 772 (with a couple that have torrents pertaining to his new album, mixed in with other albums of the same artist and other somewhat irrelevant results)

Verdict1:  Google wins hands down.  The numbers speak for themselves.  While the results may be pretty similar between the two, the option Google gives you to further narrow down a search is invaluable when combined with that many results.

Round 2 – Movies – Search text:  “Watchmen”

Google torrent search results: Over 14,700,000 (Same case as before – many omitted results not included.  Many links to pirated camera versions of the film, and I also found a couple that claimed to torrent a digital version of the original graphic novel)

Pirate Bay results: 53 (many are just vaguely titled “Watchmen”, and some torrents don’t give much of a description.  That might be intentional vagueness for the people putting it out there.  There don’t appear to be any links to possible pirated movies, but there are many that torrent high quality trailers for the movie, as well as torrents for the graphic novel.)

Verdict2:  Once again, Google slaughtered the competition.  I do give Pirate Bay a small victory though in that it was a bit easier to find out what exactly each torrent contained, due to the labels they give a torrent -ex. One label is “Other – Comics”

Round 3 – Software – Search text:  “Adobe Photoshop”

Google torrent search results: 13,700,000 (many torrents that look like they lead to cracked versions of the program with the same name.  Many versions of the program come up in the results, including Photoshop CS3, as well as key generators to activate incomplete or trial versions of the program.)

Pirate Bay results: 937 (pretty much the same deal as what Google turned up, but with less numbers.  Once again, it is easier for me to find things based off of the labels.)

Verdict3:  Shocker – Google wins yet again due to the outstanding amount of results.

Winner: Google, easily.  They have PirateBay beat in almost every aspect when it comes to finding torrents.  Although PirateBay has been around for awhile, Google has enough power/resources/reputation that all they have to do is implement something new to what they already have.  If this were a fighting match, it’d be like putting a lightweight champion (PirateBay) vs.  a completely ferocious up and coming heavyweight (Google).  The end result is a total KO.  While the lightweight may tag around for a while and achieve small ground, the big guy can always win just through the sheer power he can dish out.  Give that big guy 2x the speed and intelligence, and you end up with what Google has here.


Tweet Tweet

9 04 2009

Seeing how many of my friends, acquaintences, and other people I know have recently gotten invlolved with a social networking website by the name Twitter >>>, I decided i’d check into it myself.  Registering for Twitter was extremely simple, requiring very few input fields for personal information.  I proceeded to upload a picture that I had taken with the camera on my laptop, and then got to searching for some people I knew already had Twitter.

The concept is very simple –  you just post whatever you are doing at the moment, or whatever comes up.  It then receives and transmits this information with other people that are deemed “followers” and “following”.

So far, my favorite feature of Twitter is the compatibility it offers with Facebook and mobile devices.  Simply by providing my cell number and getting the Twitter app on Facebook, I can now send a text from my slightly outdated Motorola Razor to Twitter, which then updates Twitter, which then updates my status on Facebook.  Talk about ease of access.  I can’t do much with my cell phone besides call and text, but now I have at least one more capability.  The ability to update my status may not seem to be the most useful of tools, but I could see this kind of thing getting implemented more with newer devices and technologies.  If anything else this could be used to quickly relay information to others in the event of a catastrophe/disaster/bad happening.  You can view my twitter page here if you’d like >>>