We’ve played with BitTorrent for some time now. I also interviewed its creator, Bram Cohen, over two years ago. I love BitTorrent, as do most other distributors of popular large files, but its adoption has been slow. It requires a plug-in for most browsers, and to use it properly you may have to tweak your firewall, which is beyond the abilities of most Internet users. What’s really needed is for BitTorrent to be built into all our browsers.
Now Dave Winer has taken up the cause of BitTorrent, and I believe he’s doing it just for the good of the Internet. Dave’s endorsement and evangelizing could be the tipping point for BitTorrent, which could ultimately be as important a contribution as his work on RSS, outliners and content-managmenet systems. Thanks, Dave.