BTDigg and BIllionUploads Disappear Without Trace
Two popular sites in the file-sharing space have disappeared without warning. BTDigg, a specialist service indexing BitTorrent’s Distributed Hash Table, has entirely vanished with no site available whatsoever. BillionUploads, a popular file-hosting site, indicates some kind of intentional shutdown, but offers no hope that users can retrieve their files.
Four years ago a new kind of torrent indexing site hit the scene. While most other sites were carrying a database of torrent files uploaded by their users or culled from elsewhere online, BTDigg took a different approach by using DHT.
BitTorrent’s Distributed Hash Table, to give it its full title, is a system supported by most major BitTorrent clients. It allows users to find peers sharing the same files without needing a centralized BitTorrent tracker. In December the system was relied upon heavily when most of the main public trackers went down unexpectedly before returning last month.
“We think that the Internet’s moving towards decentralized and distributed systems and we would like to contribute to it by creating BTDigg,” the site’s creator told TF in a 2011 interview.
But now, just a couple of weeks’ shy of the site’s fourth birthday, BTDigg is no more. The site has disappeared with users now confronted by a page that simply won’t resolve. All mail to BTDigg bounces and the site’s Twitter account has been dead for some time.
But while BTDigg had been riding high and doing relatively well, the same cannot be said about file-hosting site BillionUploads.
BillionUploads had previously proven itself a hit with many Internet users, often through their use of other services. As can be seen from the data below, much of the site’s traffic came from movie indexing and streaming sites such as Icefilms, Primewire and Movie4k. These sites offered movies with BillionUploads as one of the key sources.
It’s fairly likely that many users of the file-hoster will have expected this kind of outcome and are already viewing movies on another site. For those looking to retrieve content, however, holding collective breaths for too long might be ill-advised.
Update: BTDigg is back online after nearly a week of downtime.