As you know, we are still working on releasing the ipernity API. Almost 80% is done but it's time consuming and while working on this project, we cannot progress on other improvements and new features (remember we are only 2 programmers). So we decided to make a short coffee-break last week to complete one of our "secret" projects ;)... BitTorrent!
As from now, ipernity proposes a solution to share voluminous contents such as full-lenght personal videos or entire folders of thousands photos, using BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol and the new ipernity tracker.
For those who don't know anything about BitTorrent and how to use it, there are dozens of tutorials on the net. Of course, we won't let you down: Lea is writing a new FAQ entry and will put it online in a couple of days.
How does it work?
-- from ipernity, go to the upload page: you'll find a new "BitTorrent" section and your personal ipernity tracker URL. Keep this address in mind.
-- from your computer, open your BitTorrent client and make a .torrent of the file(s) you want to share, specifying your personal ipernity tracker. Then start seeding this torrent to make it active.
-- from ipernity, go back to the upload page, BitTorrent section, and import your .torrent file in your ipernity space
-- that's all!
Your .torrent file is considered as a doc in ipernity. You'll find it in "your docs" page, "others" section. Like all the other docs, it can be added to albums, posted in groups, faved, commented, tagged... and of course you can decide who can access your .torrent (friends, family or every members).
On the .torrent doc page, you'll find specific information: torrent status, seeds/leechers, name and size of source file(s)...
Authorized members who want to leech your content must download the related .torrent file and open it with a BitTorrent client. Of course you must keep your .torrent file active until at least one leecher completed the download.
We hope that solution will give you more ways to share personal videos and 100MB+ contents.
Innovative isn't it?
The ipernity team.
PS: if you are asking "Next steps?", here is the official answer for the next weeks: API, albums grouping and ordering, password access.... and more ;-)