There is no right or wrong way to use Are.na. It's an open-ended space where you can organize your thoughts, projects, or research with anyone else. Play around for a while: adding content, connecting channels, and discovering new users are the best ways to get a feel for how Are.na works.
Built around simple collections that link together into expansive networks, Are.na represents a cooperative model for organizing media and ideas — free of ads, likes, algorithms, or distractions. Think of it as an organic archive of all kinds of knowledge, built by thoughtful people in order to learn and discover new things.
A channel is simply a collection of images, links, files, and texts. What it becomes is up to you and whoever you share it with. A channel can be a reading list, a research archive, a brainstorming canvas, or a mood board, but it can also be a mindmeld between collaborators, a calm headspace for your thoughts, or a poem.
You can create your own channels and make them private, public, or open to invited collaborators only.
Channels have privacy settings that determine who can view or add to them. Open channels are channels that anyone can view and add to. Closed channels can be seen by everyone, but can only be edited by invited collaborators. Private channels can only be seen or edited by invited collaborators.
You can choose the privacy setting when you create a channel. If a someone else makes an open channel or invites you to their closed channel, you can connect anything you see on Are.na to it.
To invite someone to collaborate on your channel: open the channel and type their name under “Edit Collaborators” in the channel header. If they’re not on Are.na yet, you can invite them by entering their email address.
Channel owners and collaborators can update the order of a channel, change its visibility and change its title.
Yes, you can export the contents of any channel in ZIP, PDF and html formats. Look for the Export menu in the channel header.
To remove a block from one of your channels, open the channel and hover on the block you want to remove. Click the trash icon on the top corner.
The Save to Are.na bookmarklet makes it easy to add content to any channel from your browser bar while you are out and about surfing the net. You can install it in one step here.
Yes, we just released an Are.na mobile app for iPhone. You can download it here.
Premium members have the option to completely opt out from search engine crawlers.
100% of shares are owned by the founders and advisors.
You can find our API documentation here: dev.are.na. FYI, it’s a bit out of date.
Here is a list of projects powered by Are.na.
We’d love to hear your ideas. Please post any suggestions and comments in our feedback channel.
We trust our members common sense, and we don't ban graphic or adult content in order to preserve their freedom to research freely. Our team will delete content from Are.na in the case of abuse, harassment, or criminal offense. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
Users are responsible for the content they link or upload. For research purposes we believe in the fair use of intellectual property, but please credit authorship and sources. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
These are the features we’re working on.