As a multimedia creator and a software entrepreneur, I have led the development of a wide range of news, education, entertainment and software products over the years. I have worked with large technology companies such as Apple and Macromedia, as well as managed smaller ventures, from an independent TV studio to a game development shop and a social news network. I enjoy working at the intersection of content, community and technology, engaging people to collaborate, learn and play together through digital media.
I now work as product manager at Wikimedia Foundation, where I coach development teams to create new features for Wikipedia. We just launched a new media viewer that lets people browse larger images across our sites. Our notification tools are helping millions of users stay informed and work more effectively together. And we created a new Thanks tool that is now used widely to share positive feedback and grow a culture of kindness in our community.
Previously, I founded and led NewsTrust.net, a nonprofit social news network, to help people tell apart fact from fiction. Now acquired by Poynter Institute, this educational service has been used by leading universities to teach news literacy to journalism students. Its innovative review tools invite members to rate the news based on quality, rather than popularity -- and surfaces good journalism on a variety of topics.
My previous ventures include: Handtap, a wireless content provider; shockwave.com, a web entertainment site at Macromedia; Apple Computer's Multimedia Lab, a research and development group; and Videowest, a producer of rock journalism.
I am the producer of "Hackers", a documentary about the heroes of the computer revolution -- and the 'hacker ethic' which made the Wikimedia movement possible. I was also elected an Ashoka Fellow for my work as social entrepreneur -- and earned four patents for my interactive TV work at Apple.
My work has been widely covered by the mainstream and independent press, including the BBC, Atlantic Monthly, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Le Monde, Newsweek, the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Washington Post, Wired and many more.
I look forward to collaborating with you and other Wikimedians! I am new to this movement, and appreciate your patience with me, as I am still learning all the many practices and rules of this community. (Note that this is my personal account, my work account is here.) If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at fflorin-at-wikimedia-dot-org . You are also welcome to follow me on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.
Here are some of the projects I have managed in my first three years at the Foundation:
- Multimedia - a new set of media tools for Wikipedia
- Media Viewer - an immersive multimedia browser
- Structured Data - a better way to read and edit file metadata
- Upload Wizard - an upgraded tool to import multimedia files to wikis
- Roundtables - creative workshops with our community
- Beta Features - test new software before it's released
- Notifications - keep up with new activity related to you
- Thanks - a quick way to give positive feedback
- Page Curation - new page patrol made easy
- Article Feedback Tool - a reader engagement tool