I read several years back about a man founding a “christian” version of Twitter. I wrote about it at the time, so out of curiosity I tried to go there. As I suspected, it’s gone. Ether the original owner or a squatter is trying to sell it. We’ve got “Christian” everything. From music to coffee houses to web portals, you can create for yourself a comfy Christian bubble. If you manage to find a job with a “Christian company” you never need set foot in this nasty old world. I admit, I get tired of the constant barrage of filthy spam hitting my inbox. If you have children I can understand wanting to find safe places for them to be online, but at some point we have to grow up.
I don’t patronize these sites for the same reason I don’t spend time on similar platforms for people who are blind. I don’t want to be limited to a usually inferior platform with a limited user base. The social networking venue in particular works better the more people are using it.
I think it also runs contrary to our mission as Christians to set up our own little domains where we never have to interact with anyone who isn’t like us. Jesus modeled the exact opposite. He sent us out into the world. How can we share the good news if the only people we ever interact with are other Christians. So I may dump a social networking account for some other reason, but not so I can retreat to some third rate online ghetto where no one else wants to go.