Bittorrent Inc., maker of the popular uTorrent client, posted a number of new job openings this week that shine some light on the company's strategy to embrace the web and social networks as an extension of it P2P software. One of the job listings is for the position of a "frontend engineer" who is supposed to be experienced in Ajax/Javacript, CSS, web services and mashups. Part of it reads:

"You will be working on developing the next generation of BitTorrent services in close concert with the community and client development team. The challenges of the project are many, including redefining the way that users interact with their BitTorrent clients, building rich user interfaces, and introducing social aspects to BitTorrent."

Another job listing calls for a "python web engineer" who has experience with, among other things, the design of scalable web applications, cloud computing and Ajax. Again, the fairly revealing description:

"You will be working on developing the next generation of web-enabled BitTorrent services in close concert with the client development team. The challenges of the project are many, including creating a new BitTorrent user experience, building a highly available and scalable Web service, and ensuring the privacy of a potentially very large number of transactions."

Bittorrent Inc. recently rolled out a beta of a web interface dubbed Project falcon that makes it possible to remotely control uTorrent downloads, including the ability to access files, through an encrypted web session. The job listings clearly show that the company wants to embrace web interfaces like this even further, possibly enriching them with third-party data from social networks.

Apparently, there are also plans to expose some of this functionality to third-party developers who might one day be able to use Bittorrents web service APIs to build their own mashups. The companys job page currently also lists the position of a platform evangelist who is supposed to reach out to third-party developers and who has to have "familiarity with popular web technologies."

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