Monday, November 15, 2010

Google search becomes a popular torrent search starting point

TorrentFreak is highlighting something that's been well-known, but ignored by many: the fact that if you're looking for a specific torrent, perhaps the best place to look isn't specifically at a torrent site like The Pirate Bay, but instead Google search.

It's not actually a secret, and its something that quite a few countries and organizations such as the MPAA and RIAA have been trying to get Google to "fix." What's interesting, as TorrentFreak points out, is that the suggestions that Google's search puts out as you type a query into its edit box frequently list a torrent as one of the suggestions. You can see that in the query above for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
It's pretty interesting, but it's not as though Google is promoting piracy. Its suggestions simply show that torrent searches are pretty popular. However, it's also true that results will vary from country to country. For example, a similar test in Germany brings up streaming first, and Rapidshare second. It seems that Rapidshare, a popular means of uploading / downloading files, is much more popular in Germany.

Still, it's interesting that Google, and other search engines, have managed to avoid (so far) changing its algorithms and indexing such that they don't index torrents. We'll see if this continues in the future.

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