Social media plugins

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Social media plugins are easy ways of sharing content with other people via social media platforms. The most common way is a Share or Like button. This page discusses the possibility to integrate social media plugins into Wikimedia projects.


User Scripts
Wikimedia implementations


  • 2011, phab:T29027: "Share" button (tools) in Wikipedia
  • 2012, phab:T35820: A Twitter button next to every article title
  • 2012, phab:T42456: UploadWizard: add social sharing feature after upload
  • 2014, phab:T64811: Review and deploy TwitterCards extension for proper display
  • 2017, phab:T142048: Add hover-card like image (og:image) to open graph meta data (which enabled image previews for links shared from MediaWiki on social media sites like Facebook)
Mailing list highlights


This section lists some arguments that have been brought up in the discussions.


  • Share button allow easy sharing of Wikimedia's content; widely distributing it serves our mission.
  • Some users enjoy sharing the content they read (or create!) with their friends, it's a feature often requested by readers.
  • Increasing readership, also increases the pool of potential editors


  • Placement. Where do the links go? It's another user interface (UI) element – Wikimedia sites has already too much UI clutter.
  • Selection. It's difficult to define a set of social media sites that Wikimedia will have plugins for. Excluding some social media services might be seen as an attack on Wikipedia's neutrality policy.
    • We already do something similar with tools like GeoHack and Special:BookSources (ISBN search).
      • You could even refine it by building a service like AddThis yourself, but under WMF privacy policies.. Not too difficult.
  • Privacy concerns: Standard integration of social media plugins would allow third parties to track Wikipedia readers.
    • This point could be weakened by implementing a "2 click solution"
    • And you DONT need 'standard' integration. Almost all share sites can use a plain url link, the tracking issue ppl are concerned with here is only a problem if you embed the JS widgets of the share providers.
  • Some users feel that we should not allow social media plugins because that would make Wikipedia itself a social network. This point is highly disputed.
  • Icons. The services' icons are the most recognizable element for users, but would be the most eyecatching/distracting addition in our mostly-text reading-UI.