BitTorrent is a wonderful technology, for all the bad rep it gets for its use in copyright-infringing file sharing. The problem is getting more people to use and making it easier for those people to use it. One of the big hurdles is that it can be quite confusing to the average internet users. You need a dedicated client and to fiddle around with .torrent files or magnet links.
BitTorrent Inc,. the company that sprung up from the creation of the P2P protocol and now develops uTorrent and other technologies built around BitTorrent, has announced Torque, essentially, BitTorrent for your browser.
To showcase what can be done with the new tool, BitTorrent introduced a Chrome extension that makes it possible to download files via BitTorrent completely through the browser, and Paddle Over, a drag-and-drop file sharing web app/service.
"This alpha allows BitTorrent to move beyond desktop clients. We believe web developers are pioneers when it comes to creating beautiful, intuitive user experiences. Torque will empower them to create powerful applications that will appeal to broad audiences," it said.
You can check out both OneClick, the browser plugin, and Paddle Over, over at BitTorrent's Torque Labs
. Better yet, you can grab the source code for these two applications plus the BTapp.js library that powers Torque from GitHub and start playing with it.