GodTube

By Deane Barker on November 5, 2007

GodTube competes with YouTube: I had never heard of this before, despite its apparent success.

[…] the site was identified earlier this year by comScore as the fastest growing on the Web.

GodTube.com, a video-sharing site with Christian content, drew more than 4 million unique visitors during October.

It maintains more than 150,000 registered users with active profiles. Plans for the future include producing entertainment programs at the site’s headquarters north of Dallas.

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Comments

  1. CNN.com titled this as a competitive site – WRONG. God Tube is not competing to get secular content. Rather, it is a site aimed at providing faith-based folks with an alternative location for spiritual rather than secular content.

    My belief is that it is popular because people will inevitably confront the deeper questions which demand deeper evidence which frankly you won’t find on YouTube.

    Thank you for providing your Blog for my comments.

  2. The weekly NPR show “On the Media” just ran a segment about YouTube and GodTube this weekend. They made a point opposite to Jim’s: that because YouTube is more diverse, there is a more robust commentary and debate, while GodTube is being used more as a propaganda focus group.

  3. I don’t agree that ‘diversity creates a more rhobust commentary’. There is without question, a particular focus to GodTube, but that does not mean it is either worse or better than YouTube. Rather, I believe diversity can often lead to the desire to want to be focused. The internet is all about that. When I want to know what the weather is going to be like, I go to the NOAA.gov site. When I want to find something particular in a totally diverse internet I go to Google.com

    GodTube is not propoganda in the popular and negative definition, but in the often forgotten positive definition of ‘helping to promote a cause’ and it’s not a focus group. It’s a site for encouraging others spiritually.

  4. I was raised in the Southern Baptist church and I am both the creative director at a branding firm and the founder. i have serviced National ministries, top Christian labels, and large metropolitan churches. The thing I can’t get over that I have watched for the past 15 years is how the Christian community (and I say that as a member) allows the pilfering of intellectual property as if we are ignoring God’s gift to creative individuals. If a corporation did that, we would all gather round for the trial. But somehow the church has escaped the theft of one of god’s greatest gifts – our ideas and inspiration. I stopped providing professional creative services to ministries as a whole (with a few trustworthy exceptions) out of disgust for how the blessings my employees and myself were abused by fellow believers. It was just too painful. God Tube, I wish you the best, but challenge you to come up with an original name and identity that stands on its own and does not ride the branding coat tails of a secular business model! That is far more original than your own.

  5. I was raised in the Southern Baptist church and I am both the creative director at a branding firm and the founder. i have serviced National ministries, top Christian labels, and large metropolitan churches. The thing I can’t get over that I have watched for the past 15 years is how the Christian community (and I say that as a member) allows the pilfering of intellectual property as if we are ignoring God’s gift to creative individuals. If a corporation did that, we would all gather round for the trial. But somehow the church has escaped the theft of one of god’s greatest gifts – our ideas and inspiration. I stopped providing professional creative services to ministries as a whole (with a few trustworthy exceptions) out of disgust for how the blessings my employees and myself were abused by fellow believers. It was just too painful. God Tube, I wish you the best, but challenge you to come up with an original name and identity that stands on its own and does not ride the branding coat tails of a secular business model that is far more original than your own.

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