Gospelr a Twitter integration service for Christians
This is a nifty application, its sort of like the opensourcefaith.org twitter app. but its up and running, and has a clean integration with twitter. Way cool!!!
Normally, I dont like Christian labeled things all that much for a couple reasons. First, in all too many cases, the work ends up being subpar… Ie Christian games, Christian music, etc. I’m more aligned with the Larry Norman, Phil Keaggy, Kerry Livgren’s pov. Ie, art needs to be the best it can be, even more so if its done with Christ at the forefront, and it also best not be sanitized to death either, such as all too often happens once a Christian label goes on. Second, it usually forgoes witness to the world for a retreat to comfort, not that such is always a bad thing, but it best not be the only thing.
In this case though, I think it has some real potential. I use twitter for tech stuff, for ministry stuff, for webstuff, and just stoopid stuff. The problem being, sometimes I get on a real roll in one area or another, and likely end up frustrating my followers. No one likes a steady diet of preachy type things, unless thats what they figured they were signing up for… just as no one would want physics tweats, if they were expecting literature or music. A percentage of the content, is fine and makes sense and can serve to witness… but 20 ministry tweats in a row if I got excited is a turn off to others in business/tech, and likely ends up being a whole lot of noise instead of being productive. as contrasted with 20 ministry tweets intersperced with everything else. Yes, the reverse is true… I’ve got 20 some pastors following me on twitter… I doubt they find the nitrate metabolism of germ free mice as exciting as I do. LOL
I perused the site a bit… I dont see Twitter church type apps, nor massive twitter prayer sessions so to speak, but in time I can see that happening. In many ways, using twittersearch with the word pray or prayer could be more effective I think, but with Gospelr, perhaps a closer more tight knit community can start to pray over daily needs, rather than the more emergency type things that go on with twitter as a whole. Now, if one was good at coding, picking off the prayer related hastags off twitter, and dumping them to a second viewing window in Gospelr could be cool… but alas, I’m not connected with those guys, but its an interesting idea.