Do you see yourself as a Bitcoin enthousiast and do you care about the future of Bitcoin? Read this post!
So the year 2012 started for Bitcoin and a lot of promising projects have been set up or are being set up right now. I think this year is probably the most important year for what Bitcoin will mean and be in let's say 10 years.
Bitcoin isn't a company and the succes of Bitcoin will greatly depend on the community(or shareholders) working together to tell the world about Bitcoin and with this in mind I thought about what I/we could mean for Bitcoin and what is important right now.
I think a very good way to do this is to just spread the word of bitcoin and inform people what it is. You don't have to convince them to use it, you don't have to tell them it could be a good investment, just tell them about it and explain what it is and what it is being used for and will be used for and you're helping the community and the future of Bitcoin.
DeathAndTaxes describes my reasoning in a convincing way:https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=58319.msg687806#msg687806
There are various ways in which you can achieve this and probably most of you have told some of your friends or family about Bitcoin. I think it is also smart to ask a merchant whether he will be accepting bitcoins in the future every time
you order something online. It costs you 2 seconds of your time and it is -I think- very effective to get merchants to accept bitcoins as Tony Gallippi suggests in his speak at the European Bitcoin Conference(http://tinyurl.com/6og2k9n
). My idea I wanna talk about now is to get every Bitcoin enthousiast to start creating topics on forums all over the internet with some basic information. If enough people help with this project which doesn't have to cost a lot of time the effect will be significant at least. See yourself as an ambassador.
I suggest people creating 5 topics per person on different preferably mainstream
forums(anywhere the average user didn't hear the word Bitcoin yet) in their native
language and to check up on your topics at least once a week to answer some questions or to give some additional information if asked for and to keep the discussion going.
I think we can create a basic format ambassadors can use to start their topics and I'm asking you all do this in this topic so I can edit this post so people can use it if they would like to! The format should start with basic information most people could understand, but some additional information for interested people should be included if the ambassador thinks the forum is right for it. I suggest 1 basic information level and 2 additional levels: advanced(2) and technical(3) for now. I do think it is smart to keep the post as short as possible by linking people to other places to read more if they're interested.
Possible information level 1:
I think the best way to start is the embedded "What is Bitcoin?"-video: http://tinyurl.com/6swc7gv
It looks professional, is fun to watch and is perfect for people not willing to read larger texts.
After this I suggest a brief explanation and summary of Bitcoin following pros and cons and some already availabe applications such as bit-pay for merchants and the bit-pay deposit card demonstration(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UmynaPg8hw&hd=1
I think the summary should be really easy to understand so this is probably the hardest part.
A text based on some of this sites is what I suggest:http://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=66http://coinlab.com/a-bitcoin-primer.pdf
Possible information level 2, advanced:
I think we need to keep this links only, suggestions:http://coinlab.com/a-bitcoin-primer.pdfhttps://bitcointalk.orghttp://www.mtgox.comhttp://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/11/mf_bitcoin/allhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoinhttp://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=66
Possible information level 3:http://www.bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf List of ambassadors per country and links to their topics:Netherlands:
I will keep this post updated and will edit suggestions the majority of users think is best.
Please link this topic to anyone you think should be doing this.
Please brainstorm in this topic about my idea and keep suggestions coming as well as applications as ambassador.
TL;DR I'm suggesting people should help spread the word Bitcoin by creating topics on forums all over the world.P.S. As you can see I'm not a native English speaker so I'd like someone to PM with corrections so this post looks as professional as it is intended to be.