Social networks are an American phenomenon. There are now hundreds of them available to join. Some are large, like Twitter with its 75 million members; most are smaller. Some people check their network many times each day.
It is interesting that along with all the other special interest social networks, there are now some that are designed for churchgoers. This comes as no surprise, because many churchgoing people want to stay connected, just like everyone else. If you are a person of faith, you may want to check out the following five social network sites.
The slogan for this site is, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The MySpace alternative for Christians! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Faith Based MySpace.Ã¢â‚¬Â Among the things that xianz.com offers are the opportunity to connect with people you know, join and create Ã¢â‚¬Å“GroupsÃ¢â‚¬Â around your interests, get recommendations for everything from a great restaurant to a good church. They also have videos available along with forums, chat groups and other features. A special item is the opportunity for bands and musicians to promote their music and to network with fans and other artists. Xianz 2.0 launches June 14, 2010.
2. Our Christian Place
This site has been newly designed. They say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are a Social Network Site similar to MySpace or Facebook but with a Christian atmosphere.Ã¢â‚¬Â They offer numerous opportunities and services, including: upload music, share photos, upload videos, live chat and many others. Their slogan is, Ã¢â‚¬Å“All in a Christian Atmosphere!!!Ã¢â‚¬Â Ourchristianplace.com stresses their Christian orientation. This is a good-looking site, and it is free to sign up for this service.
3. Faith Light
This attractive website has a great number of small pictures, all of which can be enlarged, on their home page. They have blogs, videos, photos, chat rooms and other features. They say their site provides a Christian Social Network site for everyone. Their stated goal is to provide the best place for Christians to make new friends online. They state that they are a Christian Facebook alternative.
This site quotes Newsweek Magazine, which described it as, Ã¢â‚¬Å“One of the hottest sites on the Internet.Ã¢â‚¬Â The Jonas Brothers, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac, Kathy Ireland and other well-known Christian artists are all members. The site has all of the usual features, plus you can sign up to receive a Christian video every day. They have a large prayer ministry and a feature to locate a specific church. Christian-oriented news stories are featured. Tangle.com is an interesting, well-developed website.
This site is different from the others, because it focuses on churches, not individuals. It enables a church to create a network for its members, offering them free social networking. There is a fee to the church for the service. It can choose from different levels of services, beginning with the least expensive Basic plan. 40,000 churches are a part of this social network.
Millions of people use social networking sites each day. The Christian-oriented sites are a definite plus for churchgoing people.
When she’s not wasting her time on social network sites (which is often) Louise Baker writes about Online degrees for Zen College Life. Her most recent article deals with obtaining online criminal justice degrees.