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## BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a protocol, created by Bram Cohen in 2001, for distributing files peer-to-peer as opposed to client-server. A .torrent file describes the components of a shared file (like music, pictures, movies, executables, etc.). People who have the whole file are seeders, people who don't are peers. A seeder initially uploads the file to a tracker server which tracks all the seeders and peers who form a swarm for the .torrent file. Initially people get the files from the first seeder, But as more people get different parts of the file, then more people beyond the first seeder can get and give different parts of the file too.

Most people essentially need two things: A BitTorrent client and a BitTorrent site where they can get .torrent files.

## Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence (CI) is an "intelligence" that arises from the collaboration and competition of many individuals. This covers topics such as folksonomy, social software, crowdsourcing, collective wisdom, aggregate wisdom, and recommender systems. See also Video.

## IM

IM = Instant Messaging. If you use Yahoo messenger, it is super easy to make a link that allows people to IM you. EG: ymsgr:sendIM?YourYahooID. I can't believe that people post theirs publicly. The noise could become terrific.

## Online Office

The ability to share, distribute, and corroborate on documents online with just a browser is very powerful. However, online office suites have some big hurdles: (1) Online security. (2) People are invested in and comfortable in current systems. (3) People do still occasionally work (gasp!) offline. (4) Offline apps tend to be more powerful and feature rich.

• Jungle Disk [jungledisk.com]. Part of Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). $0.15/GB/month and$0.20/GB/transfer.