What are file-sharing websites and why should you use them?
Many people will have heard of BitTorrent, and in fact, many people still don’t fully understand what it is.
The following is an overview of the basic concepts, as well as some more advanced information on the history and future of file-sharing websites.
BitTorrent – A History
BitTorrent (or Bittorrent, or BitTorrent), has been around since 2003. Originally it was a side project for the development team at Carpathia Software, which developed the client software for PeerCast, a file-sharing platform for peer-to-peer file sharing (a predecessor to BitTorrent). The main function of the P2P network was to increase the speed of transfers between computers by reducing the number and size of downloads from one user to another.
Partly because P2P networks are inefficient and also because users may want to transfer large files from one user to another, Google decided that it would be good for them to take over P2P networks in order to connect users with each other and create an efficient global file transfer system. In May 2005 they announced that they had done this with Google File System (GFS) – a somewhat complicated name that refers to both a protocol and a technology designed specifically for file transfers over peer-to-peer networks.
In June 2005 they officially launched Google File System under GFS 1.0. By September 2005 there were over 27 million GFS nodes connected together. The following month they launched their first service – Google File System Databases (GFS DBs), which allowed users to store all their files in one place online – basically being a totally free public shared collection of all their private files – all within one single interface. It was only available for Windows PCs but later on, Mac OS X came too around 2008 when it was renamed Google Drive.
With GFS 1.0 there were two major limitations: “users could not upload large files” (1 GB+) or “users could not download” (10 MB). In August 2007, due to popular demand from users who wanted free access (and who did not want any restrictions on their use), Google added support for larger files up to 20 GB+, initially just on Windows PCs only but later on Mac OS X too. The new feature was called BitTorrent Sync. It turned out that when people downloaded large files using GFS Sync they would end up consuming more bandwidth than they would without downloading them at all! The more bandwidth you consume, unfortunately
2. The Top Five Free File-Sharing Websites
File-sharing websites are a great way to get your music, software
, or other files for free. But how do you know which sites to trust and which offer the best value?
First, you need to decide on a file-sharing website. There are literally hundreds of them out there. Do your research and find one that is really worth your time and money! Here’s a quick list of some popular ones:
One of the oldest file-sharing sites on the Internet, with over 20 million unique visitors per month. They offer high-quality downloads in various media types (e.g., video, audio, 3D) as well as tutorials and support information for beginners.
A simple yet powerful download manager that allows you to upload as many files as you like to their database and share them with anyone else by emailing or saving a link in your browser’s address bar (or right-click > Send To > Email). When sharing files via email or browser’s clipboard feature, they also keep track of what has been downloaded so you can download it again later if you want; they even allow you to delete files from their server!
Another popular downloader with over 10 million unique visitors per month, this site has extensive templates for e-books (including PDFs), documents (both Word and PDF), and songs/videos/music videos. As well as offering downloadable versions of all three formats, they also have an online forum for users to discuss specific topics like DRM protection or online video transcoding advice!
A very similar site but with an emphasis on video downloads with over 10 million unique visitors per month; they also offer lots of templates for e-books using PDF format when one is not available on their site (they also have an online forum where users can discuss issues specific to their file-sharing website.) For example: How do I get my book in PDF form? Which is better — Adobe Acrobat or EPUB / MOBI? What about DRM? Can I read it on a Kindle / Nook / Sony Reader etc.? How can I make my book readable without DRM etc.? They claim that this is the “world’s largest collection of books for free”, so it may be worth checking out if you’re looking for something more than just a place to upload eBooks from an existing eBook library site such as
3. How to Use File-Sharing Websites
The web is littered with free file-sharing sites. These are websites that allow you to download music, movies, or other files for free. Often these sites offer a lot of free storage space.
Most people ignore them as these sites are pretty easy to avoid. But, there are also some downright poorly designed file-sharing websites that can be very difficult to find and even harder to fix.
If someone asks you what your preferred site is, chances are you’ll say it’s Mega (which is true). It’s the best-known and most useful of the bunch but there are plenty of reasons why you might want another option:
• It might be too slow to search through all of the 100s of links on each page;
• You might not like how much information they put into the footer; they can sometimes look ugly;
• You may prefer a site without advertising
at all. There’s one that does just that; Scribd (see below).
The reason why we like Mega so much is that it works in a very similar way as Scribd does: it allows you to download any file from your computer directly from what appears on your desktop. It doesn’t have any ads or tracking or anything else but still works quite well for us in this regard: we don’t actually need an ad-free service because we have ads for everything else (as long as we keep our focus on downloading rather than viewing). We do need something that allows us to save our favorite links from Google Chrome (which we use for everything else) and upload them directly into an archive site (which we store locally on our computer) without having them go through the company’s servers first. This makes sense since most of those links will only come up once every few months and would take anywhere from 20 seconds to several minutes to load depending on their popularity and traffic level – they aren’t making money off such links anyway! However, you should never expect Mega to do this for you – if it takes longer than 5 minutes then simply wait it out until it finishes loading and try again – it really isn’t too big of a deal if it takes a little longer than usual. Once again, the reason why many people ignore these sites is that they get the impression that these sites will just disappear after half an hour or so! That isn’t true though: there
4. The Pros and Cons of File-Sharing Websites
I’m often asked about how to share large files
with friends and family. Can I give you a heads up about my new book? How can I get my book for free? What are the pros and cons of file-sharing websites?
Here is the short answer: yes, it is possible to get your book for free. If you own a laptop or desktop computer, you can get your hands on an author’s book by downloading it onto your computer/laptop. The downside is that if you have a Windows-based computer, it requires a fairly recent version of Windows to work.
The upside is that your reader will be able to read your book on any device they have available if they have the right software installed. The downside is that what may not be apparent at first — particularly in the case of less-advanced users — can become a deal-breaker as soon as they try to read what appears to be a simple text document.
I usually let people who download my books read them when I’m feeling generous but don’t bother readers who say “I downloaded this because I wanted help with this problem but I didn’t want to pay for it.” But make no mistake: if you download my book for free, it means that someone else paid me money (or something like it) in order to download my work and send it back to me so that I could write this post.
5. Conclusion: Is a File-Sharing Website Right for You?
File-sharing websites (FWS) can be a great resource for both file-sharers and non-file-sharers. Not only are these websites free, but you can use them for other purposes as well (such as watching movies and TV shows). But getting started is tough. If you’re new to it and have no experience, it will be hard to learn the basics and decide whether FWS is right for you.
After reading this article, you will have a better understanding of:
• The differences between file-sharing technologies and their strengths and weaknesses • The various views on file-sharing technologies • What users want in their file-sharing website experience.
Now that you’ve gone through this article, here are some important ideas to remember:
• Most file-sharing website services allow users to upload files with ease • Most file-sharing website services come with a lot of features such as uploading, downloading, and viewing files • Some of these features are offered by private or semi-private services • File-sharing websites do not offer DRM (digital rights management) protection on the uploaded files • The key concept behind the use of certain components of FWS is “open source” software where the source code is available for anyone to modify • You can also upload your own content instead of downloading from other users or copying from public drives.