Submissions/We love us -- cooperative Wikimedia movement blogs and social media

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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 2124 - C10, C5
Title of the submission
We love us -- cooperative Wikimedia movement blogs and social media
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Jeff Elder, Aubrie Johnson
Language of presentation
E-mail address,
JElder (WMF), AJohnson (WMF)
Country of origin
United States of America
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Wikimedia Foundation Communications department
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Do social media and blogs actually “work”? It seems like you can't get people to do what you want. You can't. However, we -- community, new readers, the Wikimedia Foundation, boards, the world -- can work together on posts that benefit us all. Return on investment, a topic that has nagged social media since its inception, depends upon everyone’s investment. When we pull together, we get results. Here’s proof.

When Emily Temple-Wood took on sexist trolls, the Foundation’s Ed Erhart blogged about, Wikimedians everywhere posted about, and the world took notice. More than 100 press and blog mentions picked up the story. The Wikipedia Facebook page cited the story to launch a Women’s History Month campaign that gained 100K women fans to our page. This is an accomplishment we all did together.

We will also be making a survey available beforehand so people thinking about attending this session can share their ideas and requests with us in advance.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  • They will learn how to build partnerships and relationships in movement social media circles
  • Best practices for posting in the Wikimedia Foundation Social Media Hub to build support
  • Best practices for contributing to the Wikimedia Blog’s Community Digest to gain exposure and support for their projects
  • Real contacts within the movement who they can connect with right away
Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
55 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Interested attendees

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  1. RachelWex (talk) 22:07, 11 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]