This is not a topic I normally would blog about, but Stuart James over at EChurch blog drew my attention to it.
Apparently there are alternative "Christian" social networking sites. I had never heard of such a thing nor can I guess why we would want one. There are three that Stuart points out.
The first is called MyBlab. Already I don't like it and I have only seen the name, which, by the way, means "Be Linked As Believers." For lack of a better description I can only describe it as a cheap ripoff of facebook. Many of the people that are on MyBlab seem to be aspiring artists of some type.
The second is "Christian Chirp" which is a Christian form of Twitter where one can "chirp" to your friends. This is even more of a blatant ripoff than MyBlab. At least the people at MyBlab had the good sense to come up with a name, no matter how poor, that did not sound like so close to the original.
The third is GodTube. This is a site where you can watch worship and preaching videos all day long, one after another. I am now convinced that there is a hell.
My question (besides why would anyone want to make a cheap version of the real thing) is why do we need these? What is it about facebook and Twitter that sends Christians to start their own exclusive social networking site? I could possibly see the case for GodTube since YouTube can sometimes contain some nasty surprises. But at least call it something other than GodTube. But with FaceBook and Twitter you choose your friends, which also means you can control the content.
It seems that Christians spend more time running away from the "world" rather than engaging it.
What do you think? What is the attraction of some of these sites for Christians?