I've been downloading a lot of torrent files recently (legaly of course ... *glances around*).
What impressed me was the sense of global community I got when I looked at all the peers and their countries of origin.
I was amazed to see people from all over the world all wanting to have and share the same files.
Some of the countries I see right now: Germany, Mexico, Columbia, Denmark, Croatia, Netherlands, UK, Romania, Poland, Norway, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, Singapore, Sweden, Hungary, Malaysia, Greece, Canada, Australia, Tanzania, South Africa, and Japan.
I just thought that was awesome, I keep thinking about what each of those other peers must be like and why they want to download that particular file.
Edit: I looked again, and now there is one from Israel and one from Serbia. This is great!
I'm surprised there's no India on that list. Internet usage and accessibility has really grown here, so I would have expected India there. Anyway. I don't much use torrents, so I haven't really paid much attention to how many users I'm sharing the file with.
It could also possibly have something to do with what file you were downloading. If it's something that generally concerns people worldwide, then I wouldn't be surprised to see so many people from all other the world sharing that file.
I'm in Canada, and music downloading is allowed, even movies ONLY if you don't share it, BUT hehehe torrents l just don't share to other Canadians and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police can F**K off hehehe technicalities rule. Anyways when sites like Pirate Bay was shut down for like what, two three days? it's members sky rocketed and more people use it as well.
Remember before Kaza was the bad-ass kid on the block? Yes, closing it would close the downloading world... LMFAO!
I think it's great that people from so many different countries can now communicate and share so easily.
I used to use a chatroom (now gone) and I regularly chatted with people from Australia, North and South America, the Far East and all across Europe. At one time we even had an Israeli and an Iraqi chatting together.
If used properly (and I stress PROPERLY), the web can be a marvelous way of learning about different peoples, different countries, and different cultures. It can bring people together in ways unimagineable even just a few years ago.
Use the web to learn about others and try to understand them rather than pointing guns at their heads because they're different.
Thats pretty cool. I never knew you could see where peers are located when downloading torrent files. How do you do it? I use utorrent usually. Yea it is very amazing how many computers are hooked up to the internet it's really mind blowing. It would be fun to see what would happen if the whole internet went down. If terrorists really wanted to do some damage they would work on that. But I'd imagine most terrorists aren't that intelligent so I don't see that happening any time soon.
^Bittorrent includes a feature that resolves the IP's of peers to their domain names, from which you can find out their country, which it will do automatically and display a little flag next to each one. For perhaps 3 out of 10 peers, it cannot resolve the domain, so you only have an IP.