June 21, 2007

Spreading the Atheist Meme Via Web 2.0: Focus on Squidoo

One of my many passions involves doing what I can to educate the public about atheism. While this was not the main reason I started Atheist Revolution, it has become one of the reasons I persist. While the need to preserve my anonymity limits the nature of my efforts to spread the atheist meme, I am continuing to discover new forums faster than I can fully utilize them. In this post, I will introduce you to Squidoo and show you what I've recently started there.

What is Squidoo?

According to their homepage,
"Squidoo is the world's most popular site for people who want to build a page about their passions. Highlight books, blogs, vids, online shops, or just spread the word about stuff you love."
Sounds perfect for spreading the atheist meme or just about anything else one cares about, doesn't it? Note that they also advertise it as a tool for blog promotion. If you are a blogger, that was probably the part that got your attention. Admittedly, this was what first led me to check out Squidoo.

What Can Squidoo Do For You?

If you blog, it can be a fine tool for promoting your blog. You can easily embed your blog's RSS feed on your Squidoo page, highlight your favorite blog posts, and reach potential readers who frequent the rapidly growing community of Squidoo users.

Beyond blog promotion, you can use Squidoo to provide a one-stop source of information about a particular topic (or topics) of interest. For each topic, you set up what Squidoo calls a lens. This lens contains virtually anything you want - links, Amazon lists, text, videos, photo collections, etc. The number of applications for this service are only limited by one's imagination.

Sounds Good, But I Want An Example

You didn't think I was going to do a post about Squidoo without including a link to my new lens on atheism, did you? This is by no means finished, and it is likely to transform into something entirely different than what you now see, but it should at least give you an idea of some of the possibilities.

My current vision is that this lens will serve as a one-stop information center for persons wanting to learn more about atheism. Clearly, I'm using this to promote Atheist Revolution by selectively highlighting some of my favorite posts, organized into areas likely to be of interest to those wanting to learn about atheism. Of course, I will add many of my favorite posts from other blogs as I continue to develop the lens.

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