I have been looking for social networking service that would be fair: not
abusing personal data, funded by community, respecting privacy, accepting
anonymity, free/libre/ open source etc. Haven’t found many. The Diaspora*
Project is not moving forward very fast and the Mastodon is more a
microblogging service rather than a social network service.
Would it make sense for Wikimedia movement to build its own social network
In the "2017 Movement strategy” we state: “By 2030, Wikimedia will become the
essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge”. If we consider
discussions and information shared on social network services to be
“knowledge”, I think we should have a role in here too.
We have 33 million registered users and fulfil all the requirements of being a
“fair service”. A minimum list of features to make Wikimedia Social would be:
(1) Status updates
I am pretty sure that by integrating this to other Wikimedia services (Commons
etc.) we could achieve something awesome.
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com