CommonSocial has landed: Scotland's new social network launches

Brand new social network created by Common Weal to launch this weekend

A NEW social network, CommonSocial, will launch this weekend offering users a dedicated space to debate, network and organise around the big issues in Scotland.

Created by Common Weal and part of this website, CommonSpace, CommonSocial will sit side-by-side with the news and original content on CommonSpace, and provide readers and users with all the relevant digital tools to empower action in towns and communities across Scotland.

Political interest and engagement in Scotland flew off the charts during the Scottish independence referendum campaign, and many of the groups which sprung up during that time have continued campaigning and working towards change.

Find out all about CommonSocial and how to use it in our quick video

Some groups are still very much focused on the goal of achieving independence for Scotland, but others have branched out into wider campaigns. The Tie campaign, for example, has been fighting to get LGBT+ education in schools in an effort to help prevent problems with self harm, suicide and mental health problems emerging among young LBTI+ people, while other campaigns have focused on things like land reform, TTIP or fracking.

But it's been difficult for many of these groups to maintain useful contact with each other. Facebook and Twitter aren't really structured to provide the networking necessary for campaigners, and often debate is stifled because the environment just isn't right.

CommonSocial seeks to address that, and to finally give all these active and energetic people across Scotland a digital hub to branch out from.

CommonSocial will open to the public on Saturday 13 July at 12noon. We've spent more than a year building it, and we're delighted to finally be at the finishing line.

That said, CommonSocial will never be finished. It will always be in development, adapting with the times and technology. Common Weal has created the platform, but it is Common Weal funders - you - who made it possible, and CommonSocial has been built entirely with you at the heart of the project.

CommonSocial belongs to you. It is your space, your forum and your opportunity.

We really hope to see you all tomorrow at noon. We expect there will be lots of questions and maybe even some teething trouble for some users, so staff members from Common Weal, including me, will be kicking around CommonSocial all day to guide you through it.

Finally, CommonSocial will work best with lots of people using it, so please share this article on your existing social networks and tell your friends all about it. 

This could be something so valuable for Scotland, and together we will make it work.

Register your account on CommonSpace today and make sure you’re ready for the big launch tomorrow. We’ll see you there.

Picture: CommonSpace

Check out what people are saying about how important CommonSpace is. Pledge your support today.



Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:02

Looking to learn

Alan Bissett

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 10:20

Hello everyone, looking forward to this launching! Very exciting. Well done everyone at CommonWeal and CommonSpace. Rather proud of youse x

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Sat, 08/13/2016 - 10:21

Looking forward to this.

Little Miss IndyT

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 11:59

Hello everyone! Well done guys! Hopefully we can use this productively. [><]

Lynn Cameron

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:01

Hello everyone


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:04

Hey guys!


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:04

Good luck, hope this will be a great success.


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:16

I've registered and I'm here but where is it?

Lynn Cameron

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:18

Exactly what I am wondering Linz


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:20

No link? Have wasted 20 minutes trying to find it.


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:20

Best of luck sure it will be a great success and a valuable forum.

Lynn Cameron

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:25

Just found it.... click on your name (top right) and select option


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:27

Thanks for all the positive comments feedback guys. It’s in the top-right underneath your profile menu. Think it could be clearer? We were just discussing that: come join the conversation:


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:34

Hoping for intelligent and considered comment and opinion.

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Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:49

A great initiative. Well done Commonspace.

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Sat, 08/13/2016 - 13:28

Hi Linz, click on your name at the right hand side of the homepage when you’re logged in and it’ll give you the option to go to CommonSocial (realising now we need to make that more obvious). It’ll prompt you to log in to CommonSocial, use your username (not email) and password and that’ll be you in. You can then switch back and forth between CommonSpace and CommonSocial using that button without the need to log in.

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Sat, 08/13/2016 - 13:29

Jim, apologies for that, can you email Daniel directly on and he’ll help you?


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 13:52

Hard to find where it is and it won't let me log on when I did find it. I'm about to email Daniel


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 13:57

Thanks Angela, but I got logged on using username - need to change options of username/email to just username in the login page as it is what is causing the problems.


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:34

Oooohhhh shiny...


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:48

I was puzzled by that too at first - then I realised the info is in the video (create a new account, button top right).

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Sat, 08/13/2016 - 15:22

I have the same issue as Jim, have emailed Daniel too. Greet to see this, it's going to be so useful x


Sat, 08/13/2016 - 15:29

Good luck with this!

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Sat, 08/13/2016 - 16:04

Thanks everyone! I’ve just published a new article which should hopefully help people get onto the site a bit more easily

David McGowran

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 16:06

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Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:01

It is well of our use to get the snapchat hack online as we want the password for the snapchat account online.

CommonSpace journalism is completely free from the influence of advertisers and is only possible with your continued support. Please contribute a monthly amount towards our costs. Build the Scotland you want to live in - support our new media.