I’ve been wondering what is going to be the Kingdom of God’s killer web app. That is what I want to be involved with, developing something that is so significant and important that it gains significant ground for God.I was IMing with my good friend Dave about this recently and he asked for some help in developing a podcast site called YWAMPodcast.net. Its a site containing a lot of teaching material from YWAM’s history, specifically organised around YWAM’s foundational values. He said that he gets emails every week from people that really appreciate the podcasts and get so much out of it. Dave is focused on education and learning communities and so he really wants to develop this site so that it can be that. I’ll be helping him. Done right, this could be a killer app.Another site that was brought to my attention today was YWAMKB.net. KB stands for knowledge-base. This is an awesome site that YWAM Europe has created to provide a resource for YWAM Bases around the world. It is filled with information and guides on how to lead evangelisation teams or run a school or manage your base effectively. When I saw this site I was blown away with how useful this could be. As I dug deeper I found a lot of information holes that need to be filled, but it’s still amazing.
Monthly Archives: December 2007
A few years ago YWAM launched its own social network called YWAMCOnnect.net.At the time it was a great idea and loads of people signed up, setting up profiles and adding friends etc.I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan. It’s not a very appealing site aesthetically and doesn’t necessarily work that well. It’s become more a news site where YWAMers can keep up to date on news and events, but the social network side appears to be suffering.This network was created to allow YWAMers from around the world to connect and share and initially it was successful (at least I signed up and mess around with it for a bit).
Visiting it once again and looking through the names of members I recognise, most of them are now on Facebook. My assumption is that most of those people are no longer visiting YWAMConnect.net, or they’re not maintaining their profile.And this raises a question: How many “connecting” networks can someone really be a part of? I’m quite happy on Facebook, almost everyone I know is a user and so it works. Do I want to log into more than social network every day? The successful “other” networks are those built around a purpose, for example: Flickr (photos), Velospace (bikes), and Digg (news and videos). None of these do “connecting” as well as facebook (but probably better then myspace – scoff), but in their specified purpose they are fantastic. Is being a YWAMer enough to make YWAMConnect a go-to location for me? Not really. It is interesting to see who is where and with whom are they working etc, but not that interesting. YWAMConnect could do with a higher purpose.
I still like my CoLabor idea and I think it could be a really useful tool for YWAM. It has a specific purpose, although I do wonder how often people will stay connected once they sign up. Going to have to think of how to help users not only share their vision, but also begin to work together.
I found an interesting blog. It’s by Greg Smith, creator of Velospace.org, a social network created to connect bike enthusiasts. In this blog he talks about some of the challenges of creating a social network and offers advice and wisdom on topics ranging from setting rules to advertising. Seems that he’s got some good things to say.