On 9 Apr 2018, at 11.28, Peter Southwood 
<peter.southw...@telkomsa.net<mailto:peter.southw...@telkomsa.net>> wrote:

Why would we want to?

Because we want to "become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of 
free knowledge”.

How would it further the aims of the movement?

Knowledge is dynamic. Today social media services are the most influential 
knowledge and belief creation services online. When Wikipedia was started,  
websites use to hold this position. With Wikimedia social media service, that 
would rely on the four last of the five pillars[1], I think we could really 
further the aims of the movement.

How much would it cost?

Hard to say.

Who would run it?

Us.

- Teemu

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars

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From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of 
Leinonen Teemu
Sent: 09 April 2018 09:46
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Social: non-profit social networking service ?

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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