Thanks for sharing these results so far, Noopur!

On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 5:57 AM, Theo10011 <> wrote:
 As memory serves, WMF has never used Social media,
> or hired one of those "social media experts". The community might have an
> opinion or two, if that approach was taken aggressively. Regardless, being
> located in SF, having an abundance of native-English speaking, social-media
> gadflies, puts the SF staff in a much better position to try these
> approaches, yet they never did it aggressively, in all the years I followed.

Speaking as one of those native-English speaking, social-media
gadflies based in SF... :)

I actually tried something similar during the Public Policy
Initiative. I created a Facebook page and encouraged U.S. students
participating in our program to like the page for help with editing
and other insight into Wikipedia. I really struggled to get any
students to actually use it, however. From the feedback I got -- and
I've seen this echoed elsewhere in U.S. pedagogy journals and such --
U.S. students in general tend to view Facebook as a place to have fun,
and don't want to use it for schoolwork or employment.

That being said, I'm really glad to see this experimented with in
places other than the United States. I think the early results Noopur
shared from India and what we've seen with a similar Facebook group
for the Cairo Pilot of the Wikipedia Education Program (in that case
entirely volunteer-led) demonstrates that the results I saw are not
applicable globally. I'm glad to see us experimenting with different
ways of engaging local communities to edit Wikipedia, and I look
forward to hearing more about these efforts as they mature in the


LiAnna Davis
Wikipedia Education Program Communications Manager
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