Spread Freenet: A call for action

Freenet Logo: Follow the Rabbit “Daddy, where were you, when they took the freedom of the press away from the internet?” — Mike Godwin, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Reposted from Freetalk, the distributed pseudonymous forum in Freenet.

For all those among you, who use twitter1, identi.ca2, and/or other social networks this is a call to action.

Go to your social networking accounts and post about freenet. Tell us in 140 letters why freenet is your tool of choice, and remember to use the !freenet group (identi.ca) or #freenet hashtag (twitter), so we can resend your posts!

I use freenet because we might soon need it as safe harbour to coordinate the fight against censorship → freenetproject.orgArneBab

The broader story is the emerging concept of a right to freely exchange arbitrary data — Toad (the main freenet developer)


There are still very many people out there who don’t know what freenet is. Just today a coder came into the #freenet IRC channel, asked what it did and learned that it already does everything he had thought about. And I still remember someone telling me “It would be cool if we had something like X-net from Cory Doctorow’s ‘Little Brother’” — he did not know that freenet already offers that with much improved security.

So we need to get the word out about freenet. And we have powerful words to choose from, beginning with Mike Godwin’s quote above but going much further. To just name a few buzz-words: Freenet is a crowdfunded distributed and censorship resistant freesoftware cloud publishing system. And different from info about corporate PR-powered projects, all these buzz words are true.

But to make us effective, we need to achieve critical mass. And to reach that, we need to coordinate and cross promote heavily.

Call to action

So I want to call to you to go to your identi.ca or twitter accounts and post about freenet. Tell us in 140 letters why freenet is your tool of choice, and remember to use the !freenet group or #freenet hashtag, so we can find and retweet your posts!

If you use identi.ca, join the !freenet group, so you get informed about new freenet-posts automatically.

We can make a difference, if we fight together.

And if you always wanted to get an identi.ca account, here’s the opportunity to get it and do something good at the same time :)

If you already have a twitter-account, you can connect your identi.ca account to your twitter account, then post to identi.ca and have your post forwarded to twitter automatically.

Additional info

Besides: My accounts are:

But no need to tell me your account and connect your Freetalk ID with it. Just use identi.ca or twitter and remember to tell your friends to talk about freenet, too (so we can’t find out who read this post and who decided to join in because he learned about the action from a friend).

As second line of defense, I also posted this message to my website and hereby allow anyone to reuse it in any form and under any license (up to the example tweets), so I can’t know who saw it here and who saw it elsewhere.


I hope I’ll soon see floods of entusiastic tweets and dents about Freenet!

Some example tweets and/or dents

I’ll gladly post and link yours here, if you allow it!

!Freenet: #crowdfunded distributed and censorship resistant !freesoftware cloud publishing → http://freenetproject.org — rightful buzz! — ArneBab

#imhappiestwhen when the internet is free. I hope it will remain so thanks to projects like #Freenet http://t.co/GMRXmDtGaming4JC

#freenet: freedom to publish that you may have to rely on, because censorship and ©ensorship are on the rise — Ixoliva

→ Install Freenet ←



  1. Twitter is a service for sending small text messages to people who “follow” you (up to 140 letters), so it works like a newsticker of journalists. Sadly it is no free software, so you can’t trust them to keep your data or even just the service available. It’s distinctive features are hashtags (#blafoo) for marking and searching messages and retweeting for passing a message on towards people who read your messages. 

  2. identi.ca is like twitter and offers the same features and a few more advanced ones, but as a decentral free software system where everyone can create his own server and connect it to others. When using identi.ca, you make yourself independent from any single provider and can even run the system yourself. And it is free to stay due to using the AGPL (v3 or later). 

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