Social networking is the quickly becoming the premiere means of developing strong and communicative groups that would otherwise be unable to function on a large scale. Unfortunately, not everyone is jumping on the web 2.0 bandwagon as quickly as they should (Catholic Church... I'm looking in your direction...). While it may be forgivable for a parish to not have an up-to-date website, it is simply a sin not to take advantage web 2.0 phenomenon. Fortunately, there are some fantastic Catholics out there that realize the importance of modern communication as a means of evangelization and fellowship. Here are 5 blossoming Catholic social networking sites that you should check out right now!
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FlockNote - "As a leader in the Catholic community, you can send notes to your entire flock – or just a specific group – without the frustrating job of managing multiple mailing lists by email. As a member, you can get the latest news and information from the groups you care about – through the website, email, txt message, and more."
Catholic Community - "If you run a group, organization or parish you can use this community to promote your aims, charisms and your news and events. When people link to your group you can not only keep them up to date, but they can meet other people who share a passion for your work."
4 Marks - Definitely one of the preeminent Catholic social networking sites out there. The 4 Marks site sates that, "Whether you are an established writer or an aspiring apologist; a lay person or a consecrated religious - 4 Marks encourages you to share your talent and your identity as part of the 4marks community."
Xt3 - According to the site: "Launched at WYD08, Xt3 is the fastest growing social network of its kind, with members throughout the world from over 200 countries. Xt3 connects you with people who want to make a difference and helps you build a better world. Everyone is welcome."
MyCatholicVillage - My Catholic Village is the MySpace of Catholic social networking sites. It's not as active as some of the other sites, but it is still a neat place to check out.
Catholic social networking sites are great, but don't forget that mainstream social networking sites are also a worthwhile place to share your faith with Catholics and Non-Catholics alike. I use Twitter and Facebook like there is no tomorrow, and I have met a great bunch of faithful Catholics through both of them.
If you know of other good Catholic social networking sites, let me know in the comments and I will add them to this post!