Hi All: Following on from my last message in this thread, we are aiming to provide a more solid update on talks about Mastodon in the next few weeks. This has been an ongoing discussion among several Foundation teams and was also a topic of conversation in our meeting with ComCom  in February.
The Foundation Communications department sees social media platforms as places that should have many Wikimedia accounts with a view to goals and audiences. They are huge tools for outreach, organizing, and communicating values. There are currently many volunteer- and affiliate-led social media accounts working alongside Foundation-guided accounts, providing us all with a networked ability to share and localize content to advance specific goals with different audiences. We believe in this wide, collaborative model. Thank you. Anusha  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications_committee On Thu, Apr 13, 2023 at 11:51 AM Luis Villa <l...@lu.is> wrote: > On Thu, Apr 13, 2023 at 12:29 AM Kunal Mehta <lego...@debian.org> wrote: > >> Hi, >> >> On 4/7/23 18:17, Dan Szymborski wrote: >> > It doesn't make sense to even talk about actually getting >> > involved without discussing *which* of the multitude of Mastodon >> > instances to "join," <snip> There's a lot of legwork to be >> > done first, as opposed to the simpler task of signing up for, say, an >> > alternative of similar construction, like Spoutible. >> >> To be clear, this discussion started in December, which has been more >> than enough time for our friends and allies at Mozilla, Creative >> Commons, Internet Archive, OpenStreetMap and plenty more to set up their >> Mastodon presences. There's no excuse for the WMF to not have figured >> out which server to sign up on >> > > With no offense to any of those groups (almost all of whom I have some > past or present affiliation with), WMF has a professional Twitter presence > with more followers than all of those organizations combined, and with > substantial donor mindshare and revenue attached to that presence (almost > certainly more than all of those orgs combined, though harder to know for > certain). The much better comparison is the large media organizations — who > are also all struggling with this challenge. > > [As just one example of the challenge, NPR was (incorrectly) rumored to > have showed up on press.coop last night and... the server has been down > or inaccessibly slow pretty much since then. And it wasn't even true!] > > I do think that WMF should have a presence on federated media, and I hope > they're working with Wordpress (who power diff) to implement it. But > Wordpress is still labeling their ActivityPub plugin as beta, so no > surprise that they aren't rolling it out yet to their biggest > customers—like WMF. > > There's a case to be made that WMF should not act like a guardian of a > global brand—as Depths of Wikipedia has been reminding us all of late, many > people love Wikipedia's weird, rough edges, so the standard global brand > toolkit may not be a good fit for us. But any discussion of "move fast, > maybe break the brand" has to start from that — what is the brand? what is > the risk of playing fast and loose with it? what are the "right" kids of > risk to take with it? It'd be irresponsible to plunge ahead before having > that discussion. > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list -- firstname.lastname@example.org, guidelines > at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l > Public archives at > https://email@example.com/message/43SSCVBPGSSLERCFMRZME542UGN4KDJM/ > To unsubscribe send an email to wikimedia-l-le...@lists.wikimedia.org
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