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MyGod, YouDevil…or The Good Word of Social Media Missionaries

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Thanks to this article from the Globe & Mail, I have seen the light…and it is good.

Well, it’s good if you are one of the faithful. Latching onto the social media express are two sites that cater to the God-fearing among us. GodTube.com and MyChurch.org allow the pious to "utilize Web-based technology to connect Christians for the purpose of encouraging and advancing the Gospel worldwide." if you’re on GodTube or "share sermons saved as podcasts, blog about their faith and learn about church activities" if you are a MyChuch-er. Both site, naturally, are open to visitors of all types – after all, what’s the point if you can’t convert some heathens?

Even the casual observer will notice how GodTube’s look and feel closely mimics YouTube, right down to its "Broadcast Him" tagline. MyChurch is more of a hybrid of MySpace and Facebook and invites you to "Find, Connect and Grow your Church community".

Though it’s hardly surprising to see niche social media communities sprouting up, I think it’s rather lazy of the people behind the sites to ape YouTube and MySpace/Facebook so significantly. Is this a comfort-level issue? A lack of technical expertise? A blatant effort to ride the coattails of their secular brethren?

Moving beyond the lack of imagination shown in the site design, it is encouraging that there are participants using the platform for some legitimate, honest, dialogue. Among the featured posts is a question on why Christians are so hostile to the DaVinci Code considering it is a work of fiction. Christianity has been suffocating debate for so long that anything that encourages critical dialogue is a good thing. We’ve all seen what happens when fundamentalism rules the roost.

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Written by Jonathan Dunn

April 20, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Posted in Blogroll, Social Media

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  1. As a web developer, I totally understand your argument. With that said, I’ve been utilizing MyChurch more than Facebook the past few days.

    Will

    September 23, 2008 at 8:20 pm


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