RE: [orthodox-rocor] First Christian search engine launched in Russia
If an Orthodox search engine existed in 2004, then this wwjd is not the first Christian search engine—a very misleading headline. Sounds like it was thought up by Protestants.
--Dimitra Dwelley, Moscow
First Christian search engine launched in Russian Internet
Written by Andrei Hrachou
Monday, 22 September 2008
The first Christian Russian-based search engine http://wwjd.ru was
launched on the 1st of September!
The name of the web-site http://wwjd.ru was formed from abbreviation
of an English phrase "What would Jesus do?" that became popular in
the United States in 1890s as a personal motto for thousands of
For now, there are about two thousand web-sites in the index base of
the search engine, but it is planned to add to the base up to 50 000
of all confessions' resources by the end of 2009, what will give the
possibility to cover the whole Christian Internet of Commonwealth of
Independent States and Baltic countries.
"We check all sites that had applied in order to be placed in the
catalogue and addition to the search index. In our base will be
included resources connected to Christian thematic only," say the
developers of the Christian search engine.
At present, besides search services, wwjd.ru has its own Christian
mail service with 7 Gb disk space for each account, news block of all
Christian confessions and its own 12 sections catalogue. There is
also a Christian TV-online service.
There is an Orthodox Iskomoe.ru search engine in Russia, launched in
2004 but there has never existed a full-Christian search engine. The
practice of the existence of similar search engines shows that a
subject search engine has an advantage over global Google.com, as it
gives the possibility to find necessary information for target groups
quicker. Even if the search request is not fully connected to Church
thematic the result page will show only web-sites that represent
Christian point of view on different search topics, what makes the
search of necessary information much easier.
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Mr. Hraèoú (Hrachou) Andrei
Director of the project
E-mail: mail@... e-mail address is being protected from spam
Orthodox Biz Editorial Note:
I don't speak Russian, so I can't really check this site out. I hope
that it is fair to Orthodoxy, which is true Christianity. The tone of
this press release marks the writer as a Protestant who obviously has
little regard for Orthodoxy. That said, why am I passing this
Because, if they are trying to do a Christian search engine, then
Russian Orthodox shouldn't give them the option of ignoring the true
church. If you Google English phrases such as "early church," "church
fathers," "ancient Christianity," etc., you will be bombarded by
search results which are Orthodox.
The same thing needs to happen with this search engine. In the modern
world, many people who either convert or revert to Orthodoxy do so
with the assistance of the Internet. It is a vitally important part
of Orthodox witness.
That means that this portal, whose subtext is probably to challenge
Orthodoxy, could be made to server Orthodoxy. That is - if the people
running it are serious about being euceminical. If they aren't, let
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