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The insignificance of the term "free culture"

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To be completely honest and true to the apparent reality the term "free culture" doesn't make any business sense.

I've been spending a bit of time on Google Trends in order to try and find more popular terms that describe Free Culture and what this site is about, the digital freedoms, the relationship between technology and freedom and the results are just harshly defeating for the term "free culture", but also any other terms we use to describe this site, like "digital freedom" and even "digital rights".

All the limelight is stolen by the terms "free software" and "open source" of which the latter is the clear winner, no matter how much we dislike that.

The term "open source" has a certain meaning that we ascribe to it when describing the difference between the Open Source and Free Software philosophies, but the thing is that *most* people on Earth don't have the first idea of that particular definition. The "open source" is the currently all-accepted term for everything that includes what we usually include under "free culture" and "free software". It is the "open source" software, the "open source" culture, the "open source" technologies, the "open source" knowledge etc. etc.

It seems that the only course of action left is to make up our own alternative term for use on this site, but continuously explain a well forged definition: "everything that is Free Software, Free Culture and respectful towards freedom". It is basically everything that is a positive outcome of consideration for the "relationship between technology and freedom". We observe and discuss that relationship and then adopt and promote those ideas that respect both the continued technological evolution and ethical principles (freedom). Those ideas are what we usually call "Free Culture" and "Free Software".

Hmm, something tells me that may be the best rounding definition of what we do at Libervis.com I have ever wrote, which is why I just put it in italics..

Something that might be interesting to note is that Libervis.com ranks first for "Free Culture Community" and gets no traffic from that term while it is on the first page for "Open Source Community" and actually do get traffic from that term.

I am almost certain that if we would ever rename the title of the site to "Open Source Community" we would be the first result and would also get significantly more traffic. But I didn't say I will actually do that. I am, however, interested in what you have to say about that?

Thanks

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The terms "free culture" and

The terms "free culture" and "digital freedom" are so insignificant they don't even show up on the google trends graph. "open source" and "free software" are a lot more popular than "digital rights", but I think this is mostly because of many searches for "open source office", "open source games", "open source operating system", etc etc.
As for "digital rights", I think I know what most people are looking for when they search for that.

Another interesting term is "digital divide", but that mostly refers to computing in poor countries. All proprietary software, can cause a small digital divide, but when people search for that term, they probably are looking for the big divide.

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So besides "free software"

So besides "free software" and "open source", the closest relating term to us is "digital rights" or "digital rights management".

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err, I think we're supposed

err, I think we're supposed to be opposed to digital rights management (DRM)

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I meant relating to our

I meant relating to our topic. Just because we are opposed to it doesn't mean it wouldn't be great for people to find Libervis.com when looking for digital rights management.

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agreed

agreed

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