I want it to be clear that pdftribute is not “my” movement. It isn’t really anyone’s movement per se – if it were anyone’s, it probably wouldn’t be a movement!
My involvement has been: thinking to put out the initial tweet, publicizing it, creating the hashtag #pdftribute, based on a suggestion by @venturejessica, collecting the stream of tweets and sharing it for others to scrape, and tweeting like hell for the past 48 hours or whatever (despite unreliable wifi).
Everyone else has also put in a lot. @venturejessica came up with #pdftributetoaaronswartz and got interest from Anonymous, which really helped get this off the ground. Micah Allen had suggested something similar on reddit, which might have helped it be picked up later. Thousands of people tweeting on the internet contributed as much as anyone else. The pdftribute.net guys have really been great – and now Edward Wang and James Change answered the call to scrape the pdfs from the tweets and have made them available here.
1) The kid in me has to say: SO COOL.
2) I didn’t think, when making my pledge, that it would develop into anything this big. It just seemed like a no-brainer; the completely obvious thing to do. It’s not clear yet how things will develop from here, but now that so many people are taking part and carrying this on in so many ways (and there is plenty of chatter – let me know if you would like to join the conversation), I will happily recuse myself to focus on my other endeavours. Movements like this don’t need a founder. They outlast any of us.