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We are a network of people that have come together to give you the tools you need to share knowledge and advance open digital society.

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Why 'Barnraiser'?

Barn logoWhen an Amish family needs a new barn their community gathers to build a barn in a single day, a tradition called barn raising. In building a barn together in a day they achieve something that no single family can do.

We share that spirit as we build for society.

  • I've rejected advertising in the past because of two simple reasons. Firstly anyone creating a social website should not have advertising as their primary revenue generator and secondly it does not work as a primary revenue generator.

    Taking Facebook as an example Valleywag.com reported that Facebook users click on an advertisement 0.04% of the time - yes, just 400 clicks in every 1 million views.

    This however does not stop the high level of questions I receive about advertising and using it to sustain a project or website. Given that I am intrigued as anyone I have decided to place Google adverts on our home page and build network.

    I will report back to you regularly with a status on that together with tips on how you can implement advertising in our product range.

    Any revenues gained from Google adverts will go towards the costs of our hosting.

Free social software

  • Dutch
    Share information quickly and easily with Dutch; our knowledge sharing network tool.
  • Roundhouse
    Import blog entries from the whole blogsphere into your blog stream with Roundhouse; our social blogging tool.
  • Prairie
    Forget all those different username and password combinations once and for all with Prairie; our Internet identity server.
  • AROUNDMe
    A collaborative networking suite.

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