Hi, 

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[1] is not moving forward very fast and the Mastodon[2] is more a 
microblogging service rather than a social network service.

Would it make sense for Wikimedia movement to build its own social network 
service? 

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 
(2) Comments 
(3) Likes 
(4)Groups 
maybe: 
(5) Events 

I am pretty sure that by integrating this to other Wikimedia services (Commons 
etc.) we could achieve something awesome.

        - Teemu

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaspora_(social_network)
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) 
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