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  • Jeff Reid

    I think it's rather ridiculous. I know that parents want to protect their kids. But there are a ton of hilarious – clean – vidoes on youtube. I feel it's more important for the parent to lead the child into choosing righteousness instead of "Yuck". There are definitely ages too young for those sites, but by the time they're old enough, they should have a Spirit-led compass on their insides, to steer clear of visual snags. (Have you seen the "Taking Dogs"? or "Singing Cats"? Also check-out "Rio the singing boxer."…And "DHL Australia" Quite funny!)

    Totally off the subject, If you're looking for a great moment on the 4th of July, one of the most inspiring parts of my 4th over the past few years has been… a reading of "The Declaration of Independence" on NPR's "Morning Edition". It's read by all of their contributing on-air personalities and correspondents. It's a total revelation to hear it in it's entirety. It was written in such a way that it sounds the same as modern-day journalism when it's read aloud. It's usually at 8 or 9 am on the 4th. (But, check you're local schedule).

  • Rick

    Another "copy" by Christian's. Nothing to see here- move along.

  • nate

    so….you think that its ridiculous to make a site that would glorify GOD? If you ask me, thats what sounds ridiculous.

  • nate

    so you will say that there is nothing to see on a site that someone created to serve as a tool to turn people to christianity, but then you will turn around and say that people should go to myspace where people will show off their so called LIVE WEB CAM and other horrible things that just aren't right. to me, thats what someone should say to move along too.

  • mdalton

    As christians endeavor to be creative there are those that will end up being copycats and truthfully not very good ones at that. This site will be gone or lost in the sea of forgettable sites as fast as it came on the scene. And we would never have know it was there except that you brought it to are attention.

  • Phil

    Matt Phillips says that maybe we should create a Christian weight-loss social networking site and call it “Thighspace.”

  • Cortney Matz

    Well, it's taken.

  • matthew

    Source: MicroPersuasian

    Over the years we have seen time and again that open systems trump closed loops. Back in the 1990s. Windows beat out the Mac operating system, in part, because it was more open and it ran on all kinds of hardware. Later on, AOL was toppled, for among other reasons, because web browsers and broadband connections liberated the most valuable content inside the walled garden.

    Today, open systems are continuing to thrive. Wikipedia is growing in import because we can all edit it, not just a select few. Google, Amazon and countless others offer powerful APIs that allow developers to add value with their own creations. Openness wins time and again.

    That leads us to social networks and, in particular, Facebook. (I should preface this by adding that Edelman represents MySpace.)

    Despite the age of openness we live in, Facebook is becoming the world's largest, and perhaps most successful, walled garden that exists today.

    Most social networks (which I am characterizing here broadly to also include sites like Flickr, Vox, and digg) let you determine what you share with the general public through Google vs. what you only share with your circle of friends. This level of flexibility is a win-win for everyone. If you don't want to share anything you don't have to. On the flip side, if you're a voyeur, go for it.

    For all of the excitement around Facebook and its application platform, it's essentially a giant walled garden. You can embed virtually anything you want inside Facebook. Just like open APIs, Facebook's developer program lets anyone create value in the ecosystem.

    The problem, however, lies in this fact – Facebook gives nothing back to the broader web. A lot of stuff goes in, but nothing comes out. What happens in Facebook, stays in Facebook. As Robert Scoble noted, it's almost completely invisible to Google. You can share only a limited amount of data on your public page – as he has here. That's fine for many users, but not all.

    To thrive, all social networks need to enable the community to create value. Facebook gets a big check mark there. However, they also need to give back to the web. Usually this isn't an issue. When you give back to the web, you get a return in Google Juice. So it's unclear why Facebook to date remains a walled garden.

    Can walled gardens continue thrive in an era of openness? Can a social network be social even though so little of the community's value is visible to the outside world? Facebook is writing this book as we speak. Matthew Phillips COO Cooke Pictures

  • matthew

    danah boyd's article is interesting:

    viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

    Over the last six months, i've noticed an increasing number of press articles about how high school teens are leaving MySpace for Facebook. That's only partially true. There is indeed a change taking place, but it's not a shift so much as a fragmentation. Until recently, American teenagers were flocking to MySpace. The picture is now being blurred. Some teens are flocking to MySpace. And some teens are flocking to Facebook. Which go where gets kinda sticky, because it seems to primarily have to do with socio-economic class.

    I've been trying to figure out how to articulate this division for months. I have not yet succeeded. So, instead, I decided to write a blog essay addressing what I'm seeing. I suspect that this will be received with criticism, but my hope is that the readers who encounter this essay might be able to help me think through this. In other words, I want feedback on this piece.

    Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

    What I lay out in this essay is rather disconcerting. Hegemonic American teens (i.e. middle/upper class, college bound teens from upwards mobile or well off families) are all on or switching to Facebook. Marginalized teens, teens from poorer or less educated backgrounds, subculturally-identified teens, and other non-hegemonic teens continue to be drawn to MySpace. A class division has emerged and it is playing out in the aesthetics, the kinds of advertising, and the policy decisions being made. Matthew Phillips COO Cooke Pictures

  • Sharon

    I think that so called Christian sites can actually be more dangerous than the regular. At least then, children can be trained to be wary and in ways to protect themselves. I know so may people that have met VERY dodgy characters who have promoted themselves as Christians on Christian dating sites suchs as Christian Cafe. Unfortunately, predators can see these sites as as way of targeting even more naive and gullible victims. And because of the Christian theme, people assume that everyone is open and honest. Hardly!

  • nate

    it seems to me like your being a little stereo-type here. for starters, not everyone thinks that it is safe, people know that the internet is a pretty bad place and it doesn't just change because the theme of a site is about christianity. also, not everyone is even looking for a relationship on the internet, some people are just bored or want new friends. not to mention that people shouldn't be giving their personal details about themself on the internet, and if they do thats THEIR choice. don't criticize an intire website just because of what an INDIVIDUAL choses to do.



    i think its a great idea

  • Phil

    Nate, Nate, calm down, we're all on the same team here.  But there are serious questions.  First – why do you think non-believers are looking at "Thyspace"?   You're saying it's a "tool" to turn people to Christianity, but all the non-Christians are on Myspace, not Thyspace.  And so what if people have live webcams and do stupid things?  All the more reason to be there with a message of hope.  Don't segregate our message to a small eddy in the river.  Get out into the deep water where the people are.

  • nate

    no offense but it doesn't seem like were all on the same page at all. some people say its ridiculous, a "copy", a waste of time. so thats definately not the truth, also yes it is a tool because if the people who turn to christianity are all on myspace then that has a negative effect on them seeing all of those bad things that non-christians enjoy doing, while on the other hand thyspace provides them with a more christian-suitable place to go once they've made the choice to stay away from those things

  • rt

    I don't know if thyspace is going to make it…I think they may have entered the game too late or hopefully have some good marketing strategies. Frontgate marketing right now will only tell you about one Christian community worth advertising on and that's (which evan almight hit hard), which is an amazing community that functions superior to myspace and is the most user friendly community I've ever seen. While I believe it's important for Christians to be on myspace, youtube, ect…there is a need and a place for specialized communities. It's no different than a Christian conference or festival..networking.

    Shoutlife is a great networking tool as are the church specialized communities. It's easy reference, easy access, and just a way to connect with people your actually trying to connect the outreach side of it would probably still go back to the major sites…

  • Brian Sinks

    It's like when a church starts a new Christian school in a city that already has hundreds – whether they have the proper foundation of staff (teachers), information (curricullum) and the draw (more than church kids) will become quickly evident.

  • Joe

    Nate, why are you being so defensive.  You are making your side of the argument seem weak.  I feel for you, I really do, but the way you're handleing this really hurts your argument.