Many Christians have gotten a little fed up with Facebook. Whether they are finding that their posts mysteriously disappear, or are not shared with all of their friends due to Facebook’s decision to censor religious speech, (Facebook, Apple, Google censoring religious speech?) or they are tired of posts that use inappropriate pictures or language, or they just want a place where they can go to get uplifted and encouraged, Christians have been looking for alternatives to Facebook. It was because of this need that I decided to use the popularity of my own website Taber’s Truths and our Facebook Fan Page to enter the Christian social networking niche and launch Christian Faithbook. However, since I have always had a big tent philosophy towards other Christians and Christian websites, I wanted to provide you with a list of the best Christian Social Networking sites for 2013. I have used a 3 point criteria for this list. I have made the decision on who to include based on the number of members, number of features, and whether the site is moderated to weed out spam and inappropriate posts and pictures. This list is not ranked, but just the 10 best Christian social networking sites I could find based on that criteria. [Original Article]
Top Christian Alternatives To Facebook For Social Networking
Christian Faithbook. The Faith and Family Friendly Christian Social Network
Of course, I believe that Christian Faithbook should be in this list otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered to enter into the Christian social networking market. It offers…..
• Facebook like styling and functions with a wall for friends posts and ability to like posts or comment on posts
• Uploading of Video, Audio, and Pictures
• Christian Groups and Forums
• Instant messaging of friends
• Membership of 450+ in 3 weeks
• Moderation of posts and pictures.
Kindle is a Christian social network to share your prayer requests. It offers….
• The ability to share prayer requests worldwide
• Groups for churches or Bible study groups to gather together and share their prayer requests with one another.
• Ability to comment on prayer requests
• Ability to let people know you support their prayer request.
Christians Like Me
Christians Like Me is a Christian social networking website that connects Christians from around the world.
• 1500 Members
• Christian groups and forums
• Chat room
• Member blogs
• Picture and Video uploading
Christians Like Me also seems to have some type of drug information section, a news section and a live TV section featuring the morning messages of John Hagee but I am not sure how these are relevant to Christian social networking.
XX Faith Freaks
Faith Freaks is a Christian Social Network that is geared towards teens. Faith Freaks is a safe on-line environment dedicated to helping young people by providing help, hope & encouraging them to grow in their faith. Our trained volunteers help young people find resources to overcome the many challenges that they may be facing. Including, but not limited to, suicide prevention, depression, peer pressure, drug or alcohol abuse & other challenging or life threatening situations. We help by providing many types of resources both online & in their own communities. Additionally we try to encourage healthy decision-making. Moreover we strive to glorify God by providing an alternative social network that is safe, clean, friendly, and Christ-centered
• Over 72,000 members
• Private messaging
• Christian chat room
• Christian forums
• Member blogs
• Picture uploads
• Prayer request section
• Counseling for youth.
Faith Freaks is an impressive site and something every Christian should check out.
XX Shout Life
ShoutLife.com is a free community / social networking website that offers customized profiles with unlimited photos, networks, events, private/instant messaging, blogging and more.
We are unique in that our community is clean and family friendly, yet is still feature rich. We focus on creating and promoting a fun and positive environment. At ShoutLife.com, you can connect with your friends and meet new people as well as amazing music artists, authors, comedians, organizations and more.
• Personal member profiles
• Author, Musician, Comic, and Group profiles
• Christian groups and directory
Shout Life has a great website design but I did not see a lot of features available. Of course they might be hidden until you sign up.
XX Holy Pal
Holy Pal is a Christian social network powered by the Ning platform which is similar to a blog powered by blogger. Ning powers lots of different social networks and each one is created and managed by individual users. Holy Pal has ….
• 13,000 members
• Picture and Video uploads
• Christian groups
• Christian forums
• Member blogs
Holy Pal has a clean design and seems to be moderated. I could not tell if it has a Facebook style wall.
Faithbook by Fellowship of World Christians ‘Working Together in Union with Christ’
Faithbook is as the name suggests an alternative to Facebook. I could not tell how many members it had due to the need to sign up before seeing anything however it offers…..
• A Facebook style wall
• Video and Picture uploads
• Christian chat room
• Christian groups and forums
• A radio (podcast) channel
• Christian news
Faithbook looks like something to check out although I am not sure it is moderated.
XX God’s Faithbook
God’s Faithbook is another Facebook alternative that has a simple design and not a lot of features.
The blogs are not moderated and are filled with spam posts. However it does have these things to offer.
• Almost 10,000 ,members
• Personal profiles
• Video and Picture uploads
• Member blogs
• Christian Chatroom
• Soduko and Crossword Puzzles
It looks like that God’s Faithbook has some good ideas but needs some TLC and knowledge to make it come into a full-fledged Christian social network.
Conversant Life is part social network, part Christian bookmarking site, and part blogging site. It tries to tie together social networking with sharing content from other websites and having users create blog posts. It is actually a great idea and seems to have some very good traffic.
• Member profiles and messaging
• Posting your favorite videos and articles
• Member blogging
• Video and podcast uploads.
I use conversant life as part of my social strategy for Taber’s Truths.
??? Fellowship of Christian Bloggers.
As a last mention, I wanted to include FOCB. They are a group of Christian bloggers that have joined together to help encourage one another. This is a small social network of about 100 members and they are exclusively for Christian bloggers but many times when people are looking to connect via a Christian social network it is to connect with other bloggers, so I thought I would mention them.
Blessings to all of you!
Now Here is Where I and Pastor Duke Part Ways…
Since the writing of the original article, it would seem, many of these platforms are non-existent (XX). One seems to be a one-time fee based ($$) system and another is in existence (focbonline.com), but only has one posting, which for all intents and purposes is non-existent, the remainder I will touch on in order to see how they compare to say…Facebook or Titter. Thus far, I am unimpressed…Facebook for it’s platform and functionality is by far the greatest of the social media platforms.
But I continue looking into other platforms while sifting through my iTunes apps store:
(All those highlighted in RED are those that I continue to toy with.)
Christians Like Me is a platform that reminds me of MySpace…does it even exist anymore?? Yes, as a matter of fact it does. Chunky but functional. I will be playing around with it to see what it has to offer. The others, not so much.
FAITH BOOK & Conversant Life due to the fact that they are overseas based would be the answer as to why my AVIRA Security indicates that they are unsecured and are open to the public, even though they do not show the information you type in to sign-up or sign in.
MyPraize (www.mypraize.com) claims, “…is a free Christian social network with the best of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & YouTube.” This is both app form and online My initial playing with it on-line was rather chunky, as well as, my attempting to maneuver around. I sought help, but it didn’t seem to grant me any. Not the same in trying to make friends, but I will continue to play.
Christbox.com in both app form and online is chunky but functional. It reminds me of an upgrade to a bulletin board system back in the 1990s. It has some functionality of Facebook, but it is not facebook-like by any stretch of the imagination.
WWJDNOW is a simplistic messenger repository for prayers.
Way2Jesus is, also, a simplistic version of Instagram, in my opinion. No bells and no whistles…just picture posting and check-ins.
ThePowerOfOne is an app platform where your church, or organization, signs up to use. It enables a group/church/organization to maintain contact with one another through their set-up. Uncertain, specifically, how and through what it will make the connection.
iC (Instant Christ) I would say this is a hybrid of LinkedIN & Twitter rolled into one. Similar but with limitations. It has a nice and appealing look, but could be better, they have the ability.
MissionHub is more like a Goal making Reminder board. It is good for what it is, an aid to help you walk with Jesus by following the steps you have created. I will send notifications, but instead of using the phone notifications it is all via email.
FaithLife Much like LinkedIN. You share, you create different groups for discussions, church, books, bible study, etc. It could be a great way to network for church groups, churches, bible study groups, etc. But it is not necessarily limited to these. Helpful and seems to be self explanatory and fairly user friendly.
Precarii is a prayer app. Seems to be a very powerful prayer circle of friends. I have no friends and I set up my first prayer…and WOW! The responses were awesome! 31 people came to my following and prayed for my first prayer request. What a circle of diligent and ardent Christian Prayer Warriors! KUDOS!
VOKE A video sharing app, I would probably liken it to Instagram/Snapchat, but it does not have all of the added features that either one, or both, have to work with.
CollectiveFaith Unlike many other apps, you seem to have to sign-in every time you try to use it. I find this rather inconvenient on one hand, but more secure on the other.
MyDub I was not impressed, while I was setting up an account it required a password with 1 uppercase, 1 lowercase, 1 number & 1 special character. I did so and it kept erroring out saying my password did not meet criteria. That being said, I emailed them and lo-and-behold the email was dead. There were no guiding principles.
Shine this app has the feel of a hybrid between LinkedIN and Twitter, maybe just LinkedIN…you decide. You create a chain of invites and build up your Christian network. You share, you discuss and you create groups.
$$ PrayerPower seemed like it was going to be an interesting and good prayer circle application set-up, based upon the grouping people and adding them through their cellular phone numbers; so you end up messaging (I assume) for all of your prayerful needs. Much to my chagrin it turned out to be a fee based. Sorry, paint me the king of cheap…I LIKE FREE!
PrayerWall Is an app that is a prayer platform where you pray with others, kind of liken it to Twitter. Not bad overall, but it also serves as a prayer reminder. Neither good nor bad…it just is so.
FaithLife is an app which is tied to LOGOS Bible Software. While I find their software intriguing, but no time to really try it out as well as it is an a-la-cart system of pay for this and pay for that – well set up in itself, but just need to get use to it. But as far as the FaithLife app, not quite certain how to use it, yet. But there are groups to join and I assume friends to be made. We shall see.
Many of these platforms have great potential to overtake Facebook and it’s lead in the world community, but there needs to be greater innovative ideas put into place! It is my firm opinion that each of these platforms could supersede Facebook just in the allowance of all speech without repercussion. While I, along with so many others, believes that one could share his or her opinion without all of the “colorful metaphors” that are used in today’s vernacular. But the transference of ideas is what is most important, in my opinion. Facebook lead because of it’s freedom to speak one’s mind without any problems, but now (in the advent of the 2016 election campaign & the liberal mindedness of the leaders in many of these corporations) have begun a war to stifle freedom of speech. Consider, for example, Google employee James Damore who was fired for freely speaking after Google promoted freedom and diversity of speech…hmmmmmmm…that was just the beginning.
I pushed off the posting of this blog an additional 2 weeks to give me the time to try each of the platforms. Thus enabling me to see what they were and how they handled. Hope It was helpful to you…it was helpful to me. Though, I will not tell you which is best or the worst of the bunch, that is not my purpose here. I am presenting to you other options for what seems to be liberally run and conservatively limited & censored platforms. It will, in fact take me a longer time to determine that which I like and that which I find sub par for use. Could these take the place of Facebook or twitter? Yes they could, but will they? That is the $64,000 question! Will there be a platform to take over? Eventually, I think there will be, because I think people are vying for such a thing to happen. They need their outlet of privacy and other forms of outbursts. Will it be a pay or fee system, it very well could be…BUT why pay when you can throw your tantrums for free?
Hope you were able to get something from this. Hope it was an interesting possibility placed before you!
Godspeed my friends!