The website FreeSharing started life in February 8th, 2005 with 100 free recycling member groups across largely from the USA. By the end of that first year it had grown to 370 locally managed groups serving over 140,000 members in the USA, Canada and a few groups around the rest of the world. By the end of its second year that membership had grown to 625 locally managed groups serving over 200,000 members. At the mid point of this year that has now risen to 808 groups serving over 250,000 members, even reaching Singapore.
This is steady organic growth that is as far as I know totally unfunded and so done in Eric’s spare time. His web page has a donation button for anyone who wishes to support further growth. Interestingly all the materials available on the website are published with CopyLeft licensing system.
Who knows how many groups and members will be listed by the end of this year.
[editor: slight updates following comments from FreeSharing’s founder]