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Eric Mill [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] Hello from WebTorrent 2013-12-08 18:36:58 (6 years 10 mons 23 days 01:39:00 ago)
This is terrific, Feross. It will definitely be an example I cite in my WebRTC evangelism. :)

So I am also a huge fan of https://www.sharefest.me, which is a very BitTorrent-like model for file sharing via WebRTC, though it's modeled to resemble people's conception of file hosting platforms like YouSendIt and MegaUpload.

UX-wise, it's a dream, and I've been successfully using it to transfer large files to people ever since I discovered. It actually fills a niche, and is something I can ask people of almost any amount of technical background to use.

I know WebTorrent will be doing something a bit different, but there might be some good lessons from it to use when building the public face of WebTorrent.


On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM, Feross Aboukhadijeh <feross@feross.org> wrote:
Hey everyone! I think Redecentralize is awesome – glad that you're spreading these important ideas to a broader audience. I actually had a slide about Redecentralize in my talk about WebRTC Data Black Magic at RealtimeConf!

I wanted to share a bit about my new project, WebTorrent.

I'm building a browser BitTorrent client that requires no install (no plugin/extension/etc.) and fully-interoperates with the regular BitTorrent network. We'll use WebRTC Data Channels for peer-to-peer transport, so the entire client is basically one JavaScript file.

Since WebTorrent is web-first, it's simple for users who do not understand .torrent files, magnet links, NAT configuration, etc. to use BitTorrent. By making it easier, we're making it accessible to new swathes of users who were previously intimidated, confused, or unwilling to install a program on their machine to participate.

I think this is one of the most exciting uses of WebRTC to date, and I hope you'll check out the project at http://webtorrent.io. Nothing works yet and there's still a lot of code to be written, but I'm pretty sure the concept is sound.

Feross
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