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Simple Torrent Searching with Speckly

With all the new fangled torrent search engines available out there, it's easy for new users to BitTorrent to get confused. After all, learning how the software works can be hard enough and then having to learn about its different search engines can be even more cumbersome.

Welcome to Speckly. The torrent search engine for the newbie BitTorrent user. The idea behind this search engine is to simplify the torrent experience over traditional torrent indexing sites. The home page is extremely bare-bones; just a search box and the site's logo.

Using Speckly is as easy as it can get. The user types in a search term and is taken to a results page that looks just like a Google results page. Each result is categorized, has a list of seeders and leechers (displayed as full and partial sources), and the name of the indexing site. Speckly searches popular sites like MiniNova, isoHunt, Piratebay, LegitTorrents, SeedPeer, etc. It is also the only search engine I've seen so far that also searches Vuze. There are category links at the top of the page as well so you can click on the category which interests you.

Speckly is not perfect but it's fast and effective. Results are pretty accurate and files with the most complete sources are listed first. The downside is that you cannot download the torrent directly. Clicking on a result will take you to the indexing site that has the torrent.

Although Speckly is targeted at the new user, people who are already familiar with BitTorrent can benefit from it as well. Personally, I won't be using Speckly since I'm pretty happy with the search engines I'm currently using. What do you think of a search engine like Speckly? Do you find it easy to use? What other torrent search engines have you heard of? Let me know in the comments.

Update: Speckly is no longer available. We have removed the link from this article as a consequence.

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Comments

  1. Rarst said on August 3, 2008 at 5:33 pm
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    Looks nice… But so are other search engines that appear and disappear weekly.

    I rarely need to search because I get torrents from specialized torrent sites or directly from group sites (anime :) ).

    If I do need search I use BitChe utility (but it seems its quality of search got worse lately).

  2. kasperlitheater said on August 3, 2008 at 7:03 pm
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    It’s a nice idea and the ajax stuff looks nice. But i didn’t found what i was look for.

  3. darkkosmos said on August 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm
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    Here is what I think of speckly.
    http://screencast.com/t/DzwUaEHlrR
    Anyway it’s not the best time for newbies to enter the torrent system, they are the ones most likely to be targeted. (+ these search engines only search for public trackers which means slow speed + malware + FBI)

  4. Speckly said on August 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm
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    Cheryl, thanks for the nice write-up. Bare-bones is what we’re trying to be, look for more usability enhancements and better results from us going forward.

    darkkosmos, can you post you browser information here? It looks like you’re losing intermediate search results as we search successive sites, we’ve not seen that before! Would appreciate as much details as you can give us.

  5. jcm said on August 4, 2008 at 1:11 am
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    btjunkie is much better !

  6. Spinner said on August 4, 2008 at 5:14 am
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    I’m a Newtorrents person myself.

  7. mark said on August 4, 2008 at 5:53 am
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    btjunkie is just one torrent… I’m diggin this speckly site, I primarily used torrents.to but Ill give speckly a shot.

  8. Arkel - the White Wizard said on August 4, 2008 at 9:49 am
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    Is there some way to use Speckly to identify viruses and adware in the files? I’m tired of BitTorrent.

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