Both sites offer a searchable database of “torrent” files which are required by BitTorrent client applications to download content using the peer-to-peer network.
Such a site is known as a BitTorrent index.
Many indices publish global rankings of their top downloads, but precious little data is available about the torrenting habits of South Africans.
TorLock said that 43,035 of the unique visitors to their site were South Africans, according to Google Analytics, while TorrentFunk reported 52,487 visitors from SA.
Torrent files are uploaded by the users of the sites, with TorrentFunk boasting over 500,000 torrents and an automated verification system based on download frequency, file size, and “other relevant factors.”
TorLock claims to list only verified torrents, offering a $1 reward for every “fake” spotted. On 23 May 2012, the TorLock front page stated that it hosts 619,460 verified torrents.
The table below shows the 15 most popular torrents among South Africans as per the two sites:
|1||The Hunger Games 2012 TS XviD HOPE||CHRIS DE BURGH – Spanish Train And Other Stories|
|2||This Means War 2012 TS XviD-SiC||VA – Best World Hits (2012)|
|3||Contraband 2012 DVDRip XViD-NYDIC||Hot Bikini Girl ****** On The Beach Mp4|
|4||Game Of Thrones S02E04 HDTV XviD-AFG||Bravestarr Complete|
|5||American Pie Reunion 2012 720P TS XviD 26K||Johnny English Reborn DVDRIP Jaybo|
|6||Jack And Jill 2011 720p BluRay X264-Counterfeit||Jax Panik – Cigarettes & Cinnamon|
|7||Gotye Feat Kimbra- Somebody That I Used To Know- Official Film Clip (HD)||Top Gear S15E03 HDTV XviD-BiA|
|8||The Voice S02E11 HDTV XviD-AFG||Straatligkinders – Bloeisels|
|9||Die Hard 1, 2, 3 & 4 DVD Box Set DVDRip||Poena Is Koning|
|10||Farm Frenzy Gone Fishing||B13 Nissan Sentra|
|11||Prime Circle Jekyll & Hyde By CobraTorrent||BBC – Planet Earth|
|12||No Strings Attached (2011) PPVRIP IFLIX||The Twilight Saga Eclipse DVDRip XviD|
|13||Country Strong 2010 DVDRip XviD-ViP3R||Playboy TV Foursome S01E32 HDTV XviD|
|14||The Body Language Rules A Savvy Guide To Understanding Who’s Flirting, Who’s Faking, And Who’s Really Interested||The Vampire Diaries S03E20 HDTV X264|
|15||Prince Of Persia The Two Thrones @ Only By THE RAIN||Paul Oakenfold – Starry Eyed Surprise-TZilla|