Atheist Nexus July 6, 2008

Atheist Nexus

Atheist social networks have popped up before — but after the initial frenzy of excitement, they quickly lose their mojo.

(Seriously, when was the last time you logged onto Richard Dawkins’ Social Network?

I just checked. For me, it was December of last year.)

Anyway, here’s a new one that shows some promise:


Atheist Nexus has all the capabilities of other social networking sites — live chat, a wall for comments, photo sharing, the ability to invite new friends by importing your online address book, and more.

I’ve played around with the site for a day and I’ve only seen a couple downsides so far:

  • An inability to search for members based on certain qualities (i.e. female, single, living near me).
  • Everytime I send a message, the chat box disappears.
  • Each sentence in a chat takes up a brand new box rather than one continuous box.
  • The chats aren’t saved.

For anyone who can create set up a site like this, however, those sound like minor fixes. (Or, as Katharine notes below, maybe they won’t be fixed.)

Thor Kym M, the managing director of the site, says:

… this site will [bridge] the gap between “online” and real life — when we are fully functional, this site will actually offer scholarships and throw its weight behind causes we believe in. We won’t just talk about stuff, we’ll act.

Why did he and his two partners start this site?

Thor replies:

According to [Richard] Dawkins and Sam Harris and others, there are at 20 million atheists in the U.S. — personally I lean toward 30 million. This is an attempt to pool every resource available to us as a group — to create a supportive community.

And this is only Phase 1. Phase 2 will begin once the membership pool increases.

If you want to help, the best thing you can do right now is join the network. Registration is simple and you’ll be off and running in no time.

Now, be my friend!

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  • Thanks for the heads-up. I just joined and sent you a friend request.

  • Ron in Houston

    I don’t know. I still think organizing atheists is like herding cats.

  • Susan

    J’ve joined and sent a request as well. I’m hopeful more people will sign up.

  • Atheist social networks have popped up before — but after the initial frenzy of excitement, they quickly lose their mojo.

    Pretty much any social network I’ve ever joined (with the exception of the biggies, i.e. FaceSpace and MyBook) has gone this way, Christian ones included. I mean who needs one more thing to do online? I can’t keep up with all the blogs I read and contribute to as it is.

  • Bad

    “….certain qualities (i.e. female, single, living near me).”

    You’re so picky Hemant! 🙂

  • Becky

    Glad to see you advertising this site. I was very glad to find it. =) Thanks for adding me as a friend, too. =D

  • “For anyone who can create a site like this, however, those sound like minor fixes.”

    Actually, the person who you’re referring to didn’t “create” the site in the sense that you’re thinking of. The site’s created and hosted using the Ning service, which lets anyone make their own social network. So, while the “creator” organizes everything regarding the site, it isn’t actually coded or anything by him, and those downsides probably won’t ever be fixed. Haha.

    Nevertheless, the site still looks promising. 😉

  • Thanks Katharine — I noted that in a correction above.

  • Mark N

    I received a promotional private message spam from these guys to my Richard Dawkins. forum account. Due to the method of promotion, I assumed it was sinister, so didn’t visit the site.

    If, as it appears, it is real and valid, good luck, but if you’re listening, less with the spam please.

  • Nice. Consider yourself friended Hemant!


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