Facebook versus Wikimedia

Why I praise Wikimedia and despise Facebook. Why you should become more active on Wikimedia and less active on Facebook.

Can we consider Wikimedia “social media”?

Before comparing WM and FB, we need to discuss whether they are comparable at all. Because indeed not everybody thinks the same about What Is Social Media?.

But I claim that they both are social media. Social media is any website that helps you to satisfy your social needs. Sharing interesting information with others and getting their feedback is a social need. “Social media is widely marketed as an interconnected environment that enables content sharing, collaboration, and shared dialogue. This would seemingly appeal to anyone with an inclination for political debate, which requires careful consideration of a variety of viewpoints, evidence, and opinions. However, social media does not currently live up its this potential to contribute to healthy democratic debate.” (Inside the social media echo chamber)

Differences pro Wikimedia

FB incites you to publish private content (i.e. something you want to share only with a restricted group of friends). It hides the related risks by telling you only what law enforces it to tell you.

WM does not allow you to publish private content.

FB helps you to bring your ego in the center of attention.

WM helps you to restraint from being egocentric.

FB makes you forget your responsibility regarding copyright. When you share content, it is difficult to specify your sources.

WM reminds you your responsibility regarding copyright. You cannot share content without answering questions about the source.

FB is a for-profit corporation, i.e. a greedy giant.

WM is a non-profit foundation, i.e. there is no chance that it becomes a greedy giant.

FB neglects history and focuses on the present, the recent past and the the near future.

WP makes sure that nothing gets lost in history.

FB teaches you a superficial worldview.

WM teaches you to go beyond the first impression.

FB makes you consume without giving back.

WM makes you produce useful content and become creative.