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Vikidia EN on Instagram[edit | edit source]

Dear Vikidians,
although I have a new account here since yesterday, I have a proposal. I want to make an Instagram account for the English version of Vikidia. My aim is to connect with potential users and readers. I want to do this by showing the fine articles we already have and to share messages and news from Vikidia. I made an Instagram account for WikiKids (the Dutch Vikidia) and that already has 60 followers. Via this Instagram account I want to share posts with other informative Instagram accounts - for instance about culture, health, history - and hopefully in the near future with Instagram accounts from other language versions of Vikidia (especially the French and Italian version could have an Instagram account).
Before I propose this to the Vikidia board, I want to make sure that I have the (full) support of all Vikidians on this wiki. We need more users and especially for large language like English it shouldn't be that difficult to win a few new users. I mean, English is spoken in six big countries - United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zeeland, Canada and the States - where people mostly have excess to the Internet and of course a few smaller countries. Also, in countries like the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Belgium and Sweden a lot of children learn English a very young age. If only we have five users more by creating an Instagram, it would have been great! TheDutchWriter (talk) 10:59, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

I don't thing it's a bad idea but there should be more people to support itWink--Blackcurrant (talk) 18:55, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
Notification TheDutchWriter: - I don't altogether think it's a bad idea, but I think it would be best for you to run it past the Vikidia board - primarily because the users on this wiki and others in the Vikidia group are under the age of 13, and therefore the content they produce and the posts they make might create issues if they're shared outside of the site. I think you would be very wise to contact the user who initially founded Vikidia, Notification Astirmays:, and seek advice from him. If it's acceptable, great; personally I think we need a wider circle for people to see what we do, I'm just unsure about the whole legal thing in relation to using social media for it. DaneGeld (talk) 19:58, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
Great idea TheDutchWriter. Likewise some Vikidians launched a Youtube channel recently (Magasin3). If you need help to launch the Instagram account officially, please contact me, I'll be happy to support it, as the President of the Vikidia association :) Plyd (talk) 09:00, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
PS: to answer DaneGeld concerns about "13-y old limit", we can consider the instagram account is for children older than 13, even though Vikidia goal is 8-13y. Actually, our stats show that most of our readers are older than 13 :) Plyd (talk) 09:00, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification Plyd. In which case, I'm in support of the setting up of this account. Go for it! Publicity is good Happy DaneGeld (talk) 10:24, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
To clarify, the things I post only include pictures which are related to an article (like a map of Sweden, when it's about the article Sweden) whit a simple message underneath. You can see here an example for the Instagram of WikiKids. I want to establish the same kind of format, only in English of course. There is no mentioning of users (even by username), so it wouldn't be a problem. Also, the next: Although users on Instagram have to be over 12 years old, a lot of children younger than 12 have Insta (with or without permission of their parents). I think that last case is to the parents and not to us. I'm going to send an e-mail to Astirmays tonight and keep you up-to-date about the response. Thank you for your reactions, TheDutchWriter (talk) 11:07, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
to make stuff official, can you use [email protected] as the official address ? I'll forward you whatever code you need. Also, can you send an email to [email protected] (Vikidia Board) to get their agreement, which shall be simple formality. Best, Plyd (talk) 11:37, 16 September 2019 (UTC)