A new Christian-based social network has been officially launched recently by the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Porto Velho (RO), Brazil. “Hizby,” which is the brain child of businessman Junior Gonçalves, is looking to become a new platform to help Christians network with one another and has already signed up more than 3,500 users.
Gonçalves established Hizby to create a less liberal, and more discrete environment that would not expose users to bad images. According to him, Hizby has the goal to offer an “intuitive and clean platform that can encourage people to make a difference on the Internet.”
“I was a user of other networks like Facebook and Twitter and, as an evangelical Christian, I missed a space to discuss issues about religion which is important to stir thought and build knowledge on such issues,” said Gonçalves, according to G1 Brazilian publication.
Gonçalves received support from a specialized team to make the website, a work that took six months to finish. Hizby, which means “make a difference,” received investment of 300,000 Reais BRL (around $147,652 USD) from entrepreneurs and investors around the country.
“Our goal is to reach 200,000 participants by December 2012,” Junior said. So far the website is rapidly increasing its membership and potentially could sign up a lot more than that number by then.
Already many users are delighted by the new site, and have commented that they planned to drop other secular social networking sites and migrate to Hizby. Some have described Hizby as “healthier.”
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