Friday, March 10, 2006

Ditty Talk: My Space For Christians

Ditty Talk, a Christian version of MySpace.com, recently went live on the internet. While I do not usually throw around religion on In A Word, I really believe this is a concept long overdue. It isn't about evangelism or Christian outreach to me, but rather a clean, safe environment for teens and young adults to socialize with a reduced amount of smut.

I don't believe for one minute that some pervert won't try and infiltrate Ditty Talk, however the web designer keeps total control over the content and will delete any offending sites without any notice. Similar to how Google combats spam on Gmail, Ditty Talk will rely on volunteers, pastors, and other Ditty Talk bloggers to help keep the site clean.

As a father of two young children, the internet currently poses more problems than answers as a resource for school projects. However, I understand that as my kids grow older the allure of the web will consume them until they must be on it 24 hours a day. Also, being a realistic parent, I understand that with some safe guards, the internet can be a great place to express yourself and a place that my children will want to visit. Ditty Talk is one of the first sites I would feel comfortable with them going to.

My hat is off to Brian Bozarth, creator of Ditty Talk for trying to create a safer environment for online groups. However, I do have one critique and that is the name: Ditty Talk. While Ditty Talk may be Biblical [Ephesians 2:10, "We are His workmanship." The Greek word for workmanship is "poiema," which is the basis for the English word "poem," or song –hence "ditty."] I find the name to be only one letter away from DirtyTalk.com. Of course, DirtyTalk.com does exist, so just lets hope Christians are really good typists.

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