Are.na is a visual organization tool designed to help you think and create. It lets you build simple collections of content by adding links and files of any kind. Connect ideas with other people by collaborating privately or building public collections for everyone.
With no ads, likes, or recommendations, Are.na is a more mindful space where you can work through any project over time. It's a place to structure your ideas and build new forms of knowledge together.
The web today is dominated by platforms which make money by manipulating our attention and harvesting our personal information to sell ads. We believe it takes a different value proposition to build a better online social space.
Are.na’s mission is to build a member-supported community for shared knowledge and lifelong learning. Since we're accountable to our Premium members instead of advertisers, our incentive is always to build a tool that fosters focus and genuine collaboration.
We created Are.na because we wanted a way to build on each other's ideas in real time. There are other platforms for sharing and "liking." We're interested in making connections that expand our ways of thinking about the world. When you make collections on Are.na, you're adding to a publicly accessible library where many forms of knowledge can thrive.
What should I use Are.na for? Why should I use it instead of other bookmarking and organization tools?
People who use Are.na as a daily tool appreciate the dynamism between private and public collaboration. Content is easily connected between different topics and channels, resulting in discovery of information and organic archives.
Play around for a while: adding content, connecting and discovering users is the best way to find out the platform's qualities.
I'm lost, not sure how to use Are.na, can you help?
You can explore to see how other people use it, ask questions in the feedback channel, look at the getting started page or contact us.