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    The founder of Wikipedia creates a new social network without advertising

    The founder of Wikipedia creates a new social network without advertising

    Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, intends with his online network to develop an alternative to Facebook and others. "My idea is to apply the principles of Wikipedia to a social network," says Wales. The online encyclopedia does not derive its revenue from advertisements, but subsists thanks to the donations of a small part of its users.


    "Goodbye Facebook, it's time to move on," Wales said yesterday at Digital X in Cologne. He wants to rid the world of the social networks in place, which draw their income from personal ads. According to him, this model is based on the indignation and the emotions of users, hoping to generate as many clicks as possible.

    Two years ago, Wales launched the WikiTribune news site, designed to solve the problem of misinformation and clickbaits. WikiTribune is now evolving into a social network called 'WT: Social', Wales writes on her news site.

    The new network of the internet entrepreneur will be free of advertising, as is the well-known Wikipedia platform. "Can you imagine a social network that the whole community can contribute to?" Wales asked his audience from the digital sector in Cologne. This collaborative, fact-based aspect must also play an important role in the new network.

    The platform is currently still in the development phase. Wales works with two developers, according to him: "I will consider it a success, if I can implement a small community of quality in which I feel good."

    Already now, you can create a profile to get in touch with friends and subscribe to a subwiki (a news feed about a topic you're interested in), or even create one yourself. There is a waiting list that you can get around by inviting friends to discover the new network or by financially supporting the project. For users registering during the current early WT: Social period, the 53-year-old American delivers a special promise. "You will receive a friendship request from me and I will send it to you personally."

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