|[September 13, 2007]
AllPeers Adds Social BitTorrent to Firefox(R)
PRAGUE, Czech Republic & OXFORD, England --(Business Wire)-- AllPeers today announced that it has added new capabilities to its flagship product to support standard BitTorrent downloads directly inside the Firefox web browser. With this new release, AllPeers becomes a Social BitTorrent client, making it far simpler to share and recommend torrents to friends.
Designed to make downloading easier and faster, AllPeers does not require any previous knowledge of dealing with torrent files. Until now, use of the BitTorrent protocol has required searching on obscure websites. Downloading files meant choosing one of a number of complex client applications intended specifically for this purpose. AllPeers makes downloading torrent files as easy as normal web downloads: just click on a link and the download starts, right inside your browser. The social features let users share torrent files using the encrypted AllPeers network, directly with their existing AllPeers contacts or by sending files to any email address.
"More and more companies are making their content available online using BitTorrent, which is becoming the de facto standard for distribution of large files on the internet," says Carla Thompson, analyst at GuideWire Group. "But until now the very use of this technology limited the size of their potential audience. The combination of Firefox, AllPeers and BitTorrent means that content producers will be able to reach new non-technical audiences. This has the potential to be a major milestone in the rapid adoption of this young and promising technology for the distribution of high-quality content."
BitTorrent already accounts for over 40 percent of all Internet traffic and boasts over 35 million users. AllPeers adds about one new user every two minutes. By combining these two communities, both public and private sharing of content is possible with the same easy-to-use interface.
"Our new BitTorrent functionality meshes perfectly with our existing social features," explains Matthew Gertner, Chief Technology Officer of AllPeers. "It's easier to find interesting content, since your friends probably know your tastes pretty well. And you can also download a torrent file up to twice as fast using AllPeers if a friend shares it with you, since you get it from your friend and the torrent simultaneously."
With this new release, AllPeers furthers its mission to simplify new technologies for the average consumer while adding compelling new features for existing users.
AllPeers is a free, open source Firefox extension that enables users to share files and folders with friends and family, privately and securely without the restrictions associated with alternative methods. AllPeers runs on Windows, Macintosh and Linux and is currently available in 15 languages. The company has offices in the United Kingdom and Czech Republic, with financing from venture capital funds Mangrove Capital Partners and Index Ventures. AllPeers was recently chosen as one of the CNET Webware 100 Best WebApplications. It was also named the best new Firefox add-on by ComputerWorld, one of the top ten extensions by Wired News and the best file-sharing freeware by PC World. For more information about AllPeers, visit the company website at www.allpeers.com or "Peer Pressure", the AllPeers blog, at www.allpeers.com/blog.
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