Whereas the former model consolidated publishing power in the hands of a few editors, Web 2.0 has empowered bloggers to directly publish their own content, and online users to start their own conversations.
This evolution from top-down communication to people-to-people interaction has implications for the interfaith community as well.
The online religion sections of national newspapers in various countries are fast gaining popularity (there’s even a similar Faithbook blog on the Washington Post website), and the comments that follow faith-based articles are increasingly animated.
Early last month emerged Faithbook, a social page launched on Facebook, the widely popular social networking platform.
The brainchild of a British Jewish organization, the Movement for Reform Judaism, Faithbook was designed to bring people from different beliefs together on the web, leveraging such web 2.0 technologies as social networking.
The potential for online religious discussion, while present, is often in a very raw and emotional form.
So far, the Faithbook page does seem to be meeting its constructive mission: abuse doesn’t litter the web page, and its content is positive.
Online dating is big business, drawing about 4 million U. Internet users daily in June 2006 (and 25 million monthly), and they spend a daily average of nearly 17 minutes each on these sites.
That adds up to a lot of page views – almost 4.5 billion per month (source: Comscore). Internet users visit an online dating site each month.But these ventures limit religious dialogue to one’s own community, and highlight doctrinal differences rather than interfaith co-operation.However, over the last few years, the internet has undergone a transformation from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0.An entire batch of next generation dating sites have emerged that are starting to nip at the established players. Recently, even Google has entered the space through their Google Base product.One, Plentyof Fish, launched in 2003 and has over half a million monthly U. One big difference is that these sites are (mostly) free, making revenue from ad sales alone.But many of these sites are also experimenting with new ways to introduce people who may be a good match. Consumating launched in the summer of 2005, was acquired by CNET in December 2005 and relaunched last month with a new interface and features.