The older I get, the faster it goes! ;) HI everyone! The happy Holidays are upon us!! :D Gotta love this time of year… well, you don’t gotta, but it sure makes it more enjoyable! I hope each of you have a BLESSED Thanksgiving… full of family, friends, food and most of all, LOVE. If you do that black Friday thing, be safe, have fun & get lots of great deals! 😀
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Freedom of speech — as protected by The First Amendment of the United States Constitution — has been central to America’s philosophy since it’s founding.
Yet, it’s been under attack on social media, in mainstream media and on college campuses.
Twitter has been removing trending hashtags and banning users. YouTube has recently stopped allowing creators with controversial content to monetize their work. Even Apple’s App store is showing partisanship.
For creators who have built their audience and business on these platforms, this is devastating. For readers who value free speech, this is equally devastating.
Rational discourse is essential to surfacing facts and determining public policies and moral philosophies. But with big media and social media companies abandoning any resemblance of bi-partisanship, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for important ideas to be heard.
It’s a social network that puts free speech at its core.
Gab is founded by Andrew Torba, who was previously Founder and CEO of a Y-Combinator backed adtech company.
Here’s a rundown of the product, its traction so far and the long-term opportunity:
Traction: Rabid early adopters and highly influential creators.
Gab has attracted influential and controversial voices like Mike Cernovich, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Stefan Molyneux.
For influential creators who are already very busy, there needs to be a good reason to join a new platform. The fact that they have is a testament to Gab’s value proposition.
And the network is growing like crazy.
The company shared some of their metrics over the weekend:
This is all within weeks of launching — making Gab one of the fastest growing consumer tech startups in history.
In the words of Kanye, “that’s cray-cray!”
Keep in mind they’ve done all this while:
It doesn’t have nearly the network effect of a site like Twitter to offer its users.
The product is barely usable and is missing several critical features.
They’ve done basically zero marketing.
The success so far is a testament to the attractive value proposition they bring to the market.
Product: Twitter + Reddit but with free speech.
“We believe that the only valid form of censorship is self-censorship, an individual’s freedom to opt-out” — Andrew Torba
The product functions much like Twitter (with a touch of Reddit). Users see a stream of “Gabs” by the people they follow. Users can upvote or downvote and the top Gabs of the day are populated in a “Popular” stream.
The “killer app” however is self-censorship. The muted words feature allows you to filter out topics — that way, you won’t see anything that may trigger you.
Gab allows its users to determine what they do and don’t see. This is in contrast to big social sites who are increasingly censoring content from the top down.
However Gab does have some standards. The company’s CEO told Breitbart:
“No illegal pornography, a zero tolerance policy for promoting terrorism or violence, and users are not allowed to post other’s confidential information without their consent.”
Soon after Gab’s launch, Twitter issued a press release saying they are working on the same self-censorship feature. However, Twitter’s dependence on revenue from advertisers make it unlikely to be able to truly enable free speech.
So crazy traction, and attention from Twitter — not too bad for a three-person unfunded startup!
Here are a few other differentiating features on the roadmap:
Allowing creators to monetize through tipping, donations and subscriptions.
Many aspects of the platform are open source so that there is full transparency about how they display content.
The mobile app is on the way.
Marketing: Add content fuel to the social media fire.
Gab’s rapid growth is a living illustration of the possibilities of lower development costs and new distribution opportunities that The Internet has provided.
They’ve narrowed in on their early adopters — free speech activists and conservatives who have faced the brunt of censorship. And now that they’ve validated demand for the product, Gab is poised to throw fuel on the fire.
To continue to grow and reach new user segments, there are several potential strategies. First, they can keep drafting off Twitter — until they get banned. They have a great story and free speech is a hot topic right now (even Hillary Clinton has taken a stab at the “alt-right.”), so public relations can probably provide some short-term boosts.
Over time however, given the nature of their vision — and because of the risks to any business of being dependent on any one platform — it would be beneficial to build up a fully owned platform.
Strategic content marketing could be a great tool to evangelize the importance of free speech, build the brand of the company and the team, connect with more influential people, earn more press coverage and acquire users.
In practice, this means going where their target users already spend time and providing education, news and entertainment in an engaging and provocative way.
I would test out Medium and possibly a podcast to start. Over time, I’d build up a self-hosted blog. Throughout the process, I’d look at the analytics to see what channels and pieces of content work best and double down.
Lastly, email marketing to increase retention and an invite system to increase referrals could be effective.
The Future of Free Speech
The Internet and social media brought with it the promise that anyone with a message — no matter how contrary to the popular narrative — can be heard. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube seem to be aborting this mission.
Gab is picking up where they left off. Instead of just complaining, they’re building a solution.
Gab’s traction shows there is clearly demand for free-speech. People are tired of fearing losing their job or losing friends over their beliefs. And there are so many important challenges facing our society today that need public discussion.
I made this banner many years ago… feel free to snag and share!
2 Corinthians – Chapter 4
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Death stalks each of us… and whether it happens via a nuclear iran, disease, terrorism, or some other way, physical death will capture each of us… the only question that truly matters is… will you live? Did you know that the Bible tells HOW YOU CAN KNOW FOR SURE that you will have eternal life with God in Heaven? If you want to LIVE, there is a FREE GIFT that you can have right now… PRAISE GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!
What does evil want? For us to feel defeated, for us to be broken in spirit, so that we are easier to control. For us to give up, so that it can win. We know the end of the story, GOD wins, and satan and his many little minions who are nothing but sand in a time glass, knows it too… which is exactly why evil does what it does, to win a temporary fight. When I think about it, I actually laugh out loud… MY GOD WINS and His people get to come along for the ride. Stand UP, be STRONG and HOLD ON to the hope… put on the full armor of God and FIGHT, even if it is only in prayer, even if it is only in your little corner of the world, FIGHT for God, fight for right. The Truth WILL always shine it’s light through the darkness… we have but to just open our eyes. SO BE IT.😀
The evil swirls around me, causing anger and much pain,
A world full of people, but alone I think I stand,
I search to understand, to be cleansed in the rain,
But alone is an illusion, birthed by satan and his band,
For I live in this world of darkness, but I’m not of it I am told,
Christ Jesus is always with me, never leaving my weary side,
His Word is plainly written with a Truth of Power that is bold,
I will not shrink away, but boldly proclaim “In HIM I will abide!”
– DG …aka… TeachX3 – June 26th, 2015
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of Grace -Heb 4:16
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him -Ps 37:7
Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me -Gal 2:20
Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart -1Sam 12:24
In the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength -Is 26:4
Continue in prayer -Col 4:2
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. -Romans 15:4
I can’t deal with today… the laws this nation has on our books not only go against GOD’s Laws, but they go against the very fundamental Constitutional rights of every individual (and State) within. I am spiritually sick. SOOO… I gotta rock’n’roll. Here for your listening pleasure… my ALL TIME FAVORITE BAND… AC/DC – ’cause I’m TNT… yeah, I’m dynamite… & I’ll win the fight!
Keep your eye on the prize. Run the race set before you, when you stumble, pick yourself back up, shake it off and continue on. We are each one individually called for a different purpose… satan and his minions are working overtime in these days, many, if not most, Christians are finding themselves under some pressure, and worse, under extreme persecution to the point of death. Why must we suffer?? Well, is He not worth it? The One who endured such extreme persecution and horrific death, The One who gave Himself as the ransom for others, The One who conquered death, rose again and sits at the Right Hand of God? OH YES, He is very much worth anything we endure. Times will come for each and every believer when they will find themselves in the fire and there will be many who question and even turn their backs on our One True Lord… we must prepare ourselves spiritually, to be able to endure and stand physically. What has the Lord Christ Jesus, our Holy God, called you to? For me personally, I keep praying that no matter what the circumstances of my life are, that I cling tightly to the One who is my Salvation, nothing else matters, nothing. I wrote this for me, a reminder which I need on a daily basis, but sharing in case there is any other who need it. May our Lord God’s Will be done in earth, as it is in heaven and may all glory, praise and honor be His forevermore, AMEN.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”. . . .
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
John 14:2-3 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake. . . .
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
As Christians throughout the world are being persecuted for their faith, let us pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer and fear for their lives… may those in need receive God’s divine deliverance, protection, comfort and His peace which surpasses all understanding, in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, AMEN.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
In your patience possess ye your souls.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Timothy 2:9-13
Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
It seems interesting that we refer to the day Christ died as ‘Good Friday’. Considering the events of the day, tragic or awful seems more appropriate. However, we ultimately know what God was up to that day. Though the events seemed very ‘BAD’, God was using everything that happened for ‘GOOD’. (only 1:53 long)
On Sunday, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!! Well, not really… however:
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. -Romans 6:4
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. -Colossians 2:12
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. … (Christ Jesus is the Word)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. WANNA KNOW MORE?