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Latest comment: 4 months ago by LPasqual (WMF) in topic Discontinue use of Twitter

Usage of proprietary services[edit]

I notice that recent announcements claim «We also know there are other social media options launching or that have launched (e.g. Threads, Bluesky). We are also looking into experimenting with these». Can WMF explain what it has learnt from its past usage of proprietary software social media services, and how it plans to use that knowledge? Nemo 06:51, 18 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Hi, @Nemo bis. Thank you for getting in touch! Wikimedia Foundation, affiliates, and user groups across the movement have used social media as a way to gain attention for movement work, invite them to join as contributors, and help them to understand how our projects work. They are an important pathway for meeting audiences where they are. E.G., in a global survey asking people how they were exposed to Wikipedia, nearly 25% said it was through social media. We have seen them help to create strong pathways into our projects, and we continue to learn. LPasqual (WMF) (talk) 18:36, 26 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

wikimedia.social comments[edit]

Hi, very excited to see this move forward! It would be great to have a wiki page for wikimedia.social, in the same style of Wikis World and wiki.style.

It's been pointed out that the @wikimediafoundation account isn't verified yet, probably the easiest way to do so would be to use the RealMe extension on the home page of foundation.wikimedia.org (happy to help with this). At the very least it would be good to turn the current "domain" profile field into a clickable link.

The privacy policy appears to be using the default Mastodon one and should probably refer to the non-wiki privacy policy instead?

Finally, could we get some details on what the current moderation situation is and what the rules are (the server rules are currently blank)? On Wikis World we already saw some harassment come in from the announcement of the WMF account, so it would help us if we knew what to expect out of this instance.

HTH, Legoktm (talk) 06:11, 19 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Hi, @Legoktm. We appreciate you getting in touch and sharing the excitement on the new instance!
As we mentioned in our update on Wikimedia-l, staff from the Product & Technology department will maintain the instance. The team is already working on the points you mentioned and will update the instance soon. Thank you! LPasqual (WMF) (talk) 18:39, 26 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Include Mastodon links on the page[edit]

It seems appropriate the links to the relevant Mastodon accounts are added alongside the other platforms already listed on the page. - OdinintheNorth (talk) 17:47, 12 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

I agree with you. cc @LPasqual (WMF): SCP-2000 07:39, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hi @OdinintheNorth. Thank you for suggesting. We have updated the Meta page to include the official Mastodon instance, managed by the Wikimedia Foundation's Product and Technology department. @SCP-2000, thanks for the ping! LPasqual (WMF) (talk) 00:07, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Discontinue use of Twitter[edit]

I was pointed here as the place to give feedback about how the Wikimedia Foundation uses social media. If there is a better place to submit this feedback please let me know. I believe the organization should no longer actively post or monitor Twitter as the site has lost significant value in the last year or so and what it represents as a social network has significantly changed for the worse. - OdinintheNorth (talk) 04:38, 4 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

I agree that Twitter has lost significant value in the last year, but there are a large number of users who still use Twitter. Since social media is used to share and promote the Wikimedia project to more people, it may not be a good option to stop using Twitter. And Wikimedia Foundation may try to explore another alternatives, such as Threads, Bluesky etc. Thanks. SCP-2000 07:32, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hi @OdinintheNorth. Thank you for your message.
Building on what @SCP-2000 wrote: We are aware that the changes to X/Twitter following Elon Musk’s acquisition have caused many users to leave the platform entirely. However, there is a critical mass that still have a presence and engage in conversations there, including many Wikimedia volunteers – such as individuals, user groups, and affiliates. The Wikimedia Foundation is active on the platform to: a) respond to their needs and amplify movement messages to external audiences, as well as b) help our goal of creating awareness of the free knowledge movement. Our team is closely and continuously monitoring the situation to evaluate our presence on X/Twitter. And we are always exploring alternatives and other social media channels. Thank you! LPasqual (WMF) (talk) 00:08, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply