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How do geographic and linguistic factors encourage or prevent online participation? How can social media websites better serve users with language and regional interfaces and policies that promote "the right to participate in the cultural life of the community"(UDHR, 1948)? To answer the questions above, I use the modernization theory of "social mobilization" to better theorize the so-called "cognitive surplus" as "social mobilization surplus" as the new labour forces created through digit-net work and literacies practices and technologies. How do we account for and create "social mobilization surplus"? I argue that this theoretical and practical question has important policy and research implications for better and critical online participation because virtual work is “linguistically constituted” and also “geographically configured” for social mobilization.