Sunday, December 9, 2007

What does this mean? It means that you like long walks on the beach.

I've played with MyChurch at times, but there's a new Christian social network in town, according to TechCrunch. And the site is thoroughly Lutheran and totally flexible (personal joke).

[T]he timing for LifeInTheFishBowl is spot on. It’s a social network and content site for Christians.

And TechCrunch points out some interesting facts that tech guys may not know.

these sites tend to attract women in droves. Sure, Facebook is almost 2/3 women, but Christian focused sites tend to be even more women dominated (BeliefNet’s audience is 70% women). So if you are Christian, or want to pretend you are Christian to date women, sign up for LifeInTheFishBowl now.

But where's the "thoroughly Lutheran" part, you ask?

Also, if you’re Lutheran, you can get on the board of directors of the company. Founder Joe Burnham writes “I’m writing because I’m looking for young Lutheran ( geeks who might be interested in being part of the projects Board of Directors. We’re not asking for a huge commitment time wise, but we’d like to have some younger, tech savvy input as the project continues to develop over time.”

For you 1.0 dinosaurs who aren't down with the d00d, the reference to "" indicates a preference for people who are members of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which skews a little more conservative than some (but not all) of the Lutheran synods in the United States. (I am a member of this Synod, by the way.)

It turns out that Life in the Fishbowl is officially connected to the LCMS (I can use the acronym now, since you're all hip to it):

We're curious folks here at the Fishbowl and that has us asking lots of questions and seeking answers about faith, life, God, and how they all blend together. We also recognize that nobody on this planet can (or at least should) live in isolation ... we need each other. We're all part of a global community, a microcosm of which exists in every fish-tank or fishbowl around the world. Fishbowls are micro ecosystems with everyone and everything working together. If any member of this system fails to function correctly, everything in the fishbowl suffers. Here at the Fishbowl we believe that God has given us an answer to an obviously suffering world and in response to that answer we seek to connect, to learn how to live together, and to find our God given place in the larger community. The Fishbowl is a mission of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

And if I really want to get parochial on you, I should note that Joe Burnham is a Seward grad, which doesn't make any difference to most of you, but does make a difference to the River Forest folks. (For those who don't know me, I don't refer to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, I don't refer to L.A. Ontario International Airport, and I'm not gonna start talking about Concordia University Chicago. See, told you it's a conservative Synod.)

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