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Is there a reason why the WMF does not post to Diaspora? – Thx!--Aschmidt (talk) 20:34, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

I can speak for the MediaWiki handler: we don't do it because we have enough trying to maintain, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. If you (or someone you know) want to help spreading MediaWiki news to Diaspora, let's talk. Just make your request at the mw:Social media discussion page. See this post and the responses in that thread for a similar request related to (talk) 18:17, 24 December 2012 (UTC)


Why was this page recently made a duplicate of Microblogging handles? There's no reason to have two lists for the same things, it's very confusing. --Nemo 13:20, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

No opposition in months, hence I've split the listing out and included the lists here. --Nemo 08:33, 2 April 2013 (UTC)
Should we just remove the list from this page and keep the Microblogging Handles and Facebook pages as the master lists? I see your logic in asking the question and think it would be less confusing without the duplication. Matthew (WMF) (talk) 23:21, 9 May 2013 (UTC)


Fellows used to blog on the WMF blog; individual engagement grantee blog on their own and not even on Planet Wikimedia.[1] [2] [3] Should those be included somewhere? --Nemo 08:23, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Proposed chaptersEdit

Can we add proposed chapters and chapters in discussion, specifically Wikimedia Botswana, to the list? PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:56, 25 April 2013 (UTC)


Hmmm... this is duplicated a little bit over on the Reports page. Maybe we should consolidate. Seems like this is better kept-up-to-date? (maybe?) -- phoebe | talk 19:38, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Delivery Status NotificationEdit

After I tried to email the specified address:

We're writing to let you know that the group you tried to contact (socialmedia) may not exist, or you may not have permission to post messages to the group. A few more details on why you weren't able to post:

  • You might have spelled or formatted the group name incorrectly.
  • The owner of the group may have removed this group.
  • You may need to join the group before receiving permission to post.
  • This group may not be open to posting.

If you have questions related to this or any other Google Group, visit the Help Center at

Thanks, admins

--Nemo 12:41, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, we're looking into it. The address was receiving emails from outside the group fine as late as a month ago. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 16:33, 9 November 2013 (UTC)
Should be fixed now. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 01:50, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

kk:Edit has a nasty sitenotice with facebook and twitter logos linking to some community page. I'm not sure where to maintain a list of such ads. --Nemo 10:04, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Have you left a local note there asking for them to remove it?  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:30, 25 April 2014 (UTC)
kk:Қатысушы_талқылауы:Arystanbek#Usage_of_logos. Would you check if it's fixed? --M/ (talk) 11:12, 25 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for contacting them. They removed the logos but there's still a link in sitenotice. I don't have the energies to figure out guidelines for such usage of sitenotice (and sidebar or equally visible things), I'm not sure what's acceptable and what's not. But I think the social media handles lists would use some note on which ones are heavily advertised from Wikimedia projects. --Nemo 16:48, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

In the meanwhile I've been adding notes to Microblogging handles and Facebook pages when I find an account advertised from sitenotice or sidebar. Krenair now made a list which should help increase coverage. It doesn't include links embedded in sidebar/sitenotice via templates. --Nemo 13:37, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

wikitech:Incident response#Communicating with the publicEdit

Is this up to date? --Nemo 21:52, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

It is now :) Thank you for the note. Let me know if you find other outdated information! Guillaume (WMF) (talk) 17:28, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
Great, thanks. --Nemo 13:18, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

Facebook groupEdit

It is inappropriate to suggest that conversations on a Wikimedia Foundation official activity be conducted on a Facebook group, especially a closed one. What happens there? What could be moved in an open source medium? Nemo 06:52, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Maybe, but it is certainly not inappropriate to use the platform itself that is the subject of the conversation (when possible). This is the equivalent of "Eating your own dog food. Using Facebook to discuss how to best use facebook (and to 'practice' posts to see if they display correctly, have the right tone etc) is definitely a good idea. Wittylama (talk) 13:42, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Now that it's suspended, please consider deleting or merging the group to reduce confusion. Nemo 21:12, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

@Nemo bis: It is true that the Foundation staff are not actively promoting and supporting it, however it appears that people are still actively using the group. Is there a reason to hinder their efforts by deleting the group? Have you discussed your concerns with the active community members of the group? What other Facebook group is it causing confusion with and should be considered for merger with? --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) [he/him] (talk) 23:26, 30 October 2019 (UTC)

Copyright policyEdit

One of the most interesting, or at least, specifically different policies that I learned about recently (at WMCon) was how WMF social media only uses PD, CCO and self-made multimedia in its social-media posts. This is due to the copyright policy of facebook having an assignment clause hidden in there. I think that's a very bold stand, and one in the great tradition of Wikimedians taking copyright policies to the n'th degree :-) But, I'd like if it could be fleshed out somewhere, with specific reference to the FB ToS, so it can be easily referred to at any later date rather than having to explain the position. Wittylama (talk) 13:42, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

When I had questions about this, I was asked to read this page once: Legal/CC-BY-SA on Facebook --アンタナナ 13:59, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Twitter geographyEdit

[4] and [5] suggests that the main Twitter accounts managed by WMF have a bias towards following accounts in USA and posting during USA daytime, while most of the Wikimedia audience is probably closer to the Wikimedia wikis traffic, whose slowest point is around 0-6 UTC. Nemo 19:03, 7 August 2016 (UTC)



Nice page. I was curious, is there an overview of all handles in the Wikimedia universe? This page seems to focus in that respect a bit on the WMF-owned handles (probably unintentionally). I know this one exists:Microblogging_handles but maybe there's even more for other types of media. Would be good to at least explicitely link, but maybe even incorporate? Effeietsanders (talk) 15:43, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

YouTube accountsEdit

Why does the foundation have two YouTube accounts ( which is verified and has few subscribers and which is not verified but has many subscribers)?

Two? WMF has dozens accounts on YouTube. :) --Nemo 17:52, 4 September 2017 (UTC)
Hi Daylen, I'm told that they're split because they're intended for different audiences—one is for live meetings and the like, and the other is for work produced by the Communications team. Ed Erhart (WMF) (talk) 17:20, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Medium accountEdit

The Wikipedia Medium account ( has been inactive since October 2016. Is the Foundation no longer using the platform? If not, why? Daylen (talk) 05:51, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

Mastodon Social Account?Edit

Mastodon is a free software micro blogging implementation. I think it would be awesome if Wikimedia mirrored their tweets to Mastodon in support of the free software aspect. 18:45, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Yes, but how? If you're interested, please fix [6] and I'll start updating [7]. --Nemo 14:25, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
Update: it's very easy now with and similar. Initiatives on our topics, like those by FSFE, tend to reach wider audiences and have more engagement on the fediverse than on the mainstream social media, see for instance the statistics on #iloveFS where it's basically a tie:
We've been running for a while and it regularly happens that some toot produces more engagement than the corresponding tweet. Nemo 11:10, 22 February 2020 (UTC)

Account verificationEdit


we need account verification (blue tick) for Urdu wikipedia twitter account like English and ArabicBukhari (Talk!) 21:33, 3 June 2018 (UTC)


"Prone to hacking", oh really? Maybe it's time to start using terminology consistent with what Wikimedia is about. Nemo 19:16, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Content rate and sourcesEdit

I noticed from some basic stats on @Wikimedia and @Wikipedia that at the beginning of 2020 there was an increase in activity of the @Wikimedia handle, while the @Wikipedia handle has fluctuated wildly in the last 6 months or so (due to personnel changes, I suppose). It's good to use @Wikimedia more, because we need to talk about free knowledge (including free software), topics which the WMF has neglected for so long and which can be best illustrated by talking about all our free knowledge projects rather than just Wikipedia.

However, I wonder if the people running the account are having troubles finding suitable content for it: I notice it's currently acting as a sort of "press clippings" service, redistributing articles from newspapers and blogs around the world. This may be a good idea, in that WMF folks are probably monitoring those press clippings anyway and it doesn't cost much effort to share their best findings on social media. I just want to remind that we have an excellent aggregator of news at . It has about 2 posts per day in the last couple weeks, while the @Wikimedia account is making about 1.5 original tweets per day on average in the last couple months, of which about one third link WMF's own social media, so you only need one URL per day to share to keep the current rate. If content is not enough, I suggest to check planets in other languages too.

List of the domains most commonly shared by @Wikimedia: (40), (29), (9), (7), (6), (6), (3), (3), (3), (3), (3), (3), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (2), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), Bit.Ly (1), (1), (1).

About half of those URLs are WMF's own [8] (I think the WMF is running about a dozen blog domains nowadays...), while the rest are random people's blogs (sometimes WMF employees). Nemo 08:57, 18 April 2020 (UTC)

Aurie Twitter ContactEdit

Hi guys, is Aurie still in charge of the Twitter Account?! Her Twitter Accounts posted on her WMF Userpage does not exist and I do not get any answer on an inquiry. Do we have any policy on what is posted to Twitter!? I was pretty surprised to see WP:2021 Myanmar Protests in the official Twitter Feed yesterday while it is heavily discussed at WP:ITN and semi-protected for Vandalism. --CommanderWaterford (talk) 08:42, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

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