DiggTorrents is located on the Web at diggtorrents.com. The previous link at www.googletorrents.com redirects to the new location.
What Is a Torrent?
BitTorrent sharing distributes the download by downloading pieces of a file from many different sources, rather than downloading the whole thing from one computer or server. This makes it much less taxing on the individual computers involved, and it offers some protection that someone hasn't slipped malicious or corrupted files into the system.
Learn more about Torrents from the About Guide to Internet for Beginners.
Often the files will be songs, movies, or other entertainment media. Many of the files shared this way may be in violation of copyright law, and Hollywood has been less than forgiving with people who download pirated materials. If you download or distribute copyrighted material in the US and many other countries, you risk being sued or fined.
Torrents are also a legitimate method of distributing files.
There are legal content producers who choose to distribute their content through BitTorrent, because it does not use nearly as much bandwidth as serving files from a single Web site. It also offers some protection that the distributed file contains what it claims it contains. This makes it a great way to distribute promotional videos or open-source programs.
Why Would I Need a Specialized Search?
DiggTorrents provides an easy way to find Torrents, because it searches most of the available indexes. It harnesses the search engine power of Google, so the results are generally relevant.
It's also handy to search for song lyrics, even if searching Google for "song X lyrics" is usually just as effective.
Where DiggTorrents Goes Wrong
The name "GoogleTorrents" was a logical choice, since the service does use Google search to find Torrents. The name DiggTorrents is not so logical, since this service does not appear to have anything to do with Digg, the social content site. At this rate, it just looks like a flimsy attempt to find another domain name purchaser.
DiggTorrents is also sloppy in places. The search engine works fine on the main page, but as of this writing, searching from the FAQ page yields errors, most likely because it is still pointing to the old GoogleTorrents address. There are only three pages on the entire Web site, so this shouldn't have been a difficult fix.
The Bottom Line
However the sloppy Web design and incorporation of trademarked elements into the name and logo make it seem like DiggTorrents is not in for the long haul. Use this service while you can, because it may not be here for long.