Background: @iHarare@twitter.com is Zimbabwe's "loudest internet newspaper". They do news, classifieds, etc.
They also maintain a Whatsapp bot. What, why? Basically in Zimbabwe most users can only afford ‘WhatsApp bundles’, a type of internet that restricts the user to just the messaging app and nothing else.
Send "Hello" to their number and you get the following menu (notice #6):
So yeah, you can browse @Wikipedia@twitter.com from within @WhatsApp@twitter.com. Or can you?
Well yes and no: iHarare's bot needs to connect to the wiki servers in the US, and international connectivity isn't that great or cheap. So they worked around it.
They hooked their bot to local (offline) copies of Wikipedia and the Wiktionary (using Kiwix-serve). Query the bot, and it will fetch the answer on these copies. No international connection, all is served in Zimbabwe!
What does it look like? Well, let's press 6 (wiki) and then 1 (Wikipedia):
Today we are more interested in crumpets. Hopefully Wikipedia can deliver on that important staple of British cuisine. And of course, it does:
(maybe a little too much. Ah well, TIL)
Behold! Ask, and you shall receive:
@kiwix it looks like the "ampersand" [&] is broken?
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!