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Tangle is a Christianity-oriented website where users can share their videos, photos and personal information with strangers. The site could be compared the result of YouTube and Facebook breeding to produce a creepy and religious child. Tangle was formerly known as GodTube, but the site's creators adopted their new name when they began incorporating social networking features. It's not just creepy videos now, it's a whole creepy community. Thus, Tangle can be seen, along with similar sites such as MyChurch (a fundamentalist response to parody of Myspace) and Conservapedia (a fundamentalist response to parody of Wikipedia) as an evangelical Christian response to popular websites. What indeed will happen when the fundies decide to take on AdultFriendFinder? ChristianSpanking? Yes!!![1]

In April 2008, Tangle received venture capital funding of $30m,[2] which will presumably be used to build Jesus 3.0.

The site includes often unintentionally amusing videos, such as this one. Like many specialist Web 2.0 ventures, it uses a lot of info from already established sites: in this case, YouTube does quite a bit of the actual hosting (in a similar vein to how wikis copy Wikipedia articles verbatim in order to quickly expand without doing much work).

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[edit] Terms of use

Tangle is basically a YouTube knockoff, so it's interesting to compare its terms of use[3] with those published by YouTube.[4] YouTube requires that users grant them a non-exclusive license to reproduce user-generated content, including the right to produce derivative works. This also extends to YouTube users, so any user can download video content posted on the site, and use it to create derivative works. Tangle, being inspired by YouTube, has copied been inspired by these terms, although they've added a few of their own.

[edit] Blasphemy

Tangle forbids the posting of blasphemous material, which is probably why it's nowhere near as entertaining as YouTube. It's unclear how Tangle would address the complaint that Christianity is blasphemous from the perspective of some other religions.

[edit] You hereby grant Tangle permission to do anything

The terms of use for Tangle requires that users sign away an unusually broad range of rights. The User Generated Content License is pretty long, even by Biblical standards, and reproduced below is a particularly troubling excerpt. Parts have been underlined for emphasis:

By Submitting User Content to the site you hereby grant to the Company a non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licenseable [sic], transferable and worldwide license to access, use, modify, perform, display, reproduce, copy, prepare derivative works of, transmit, publish and distribute User Content, and all patents, copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary rights therein, in connection with the Service and the Site and the business of the Company, including without limitation for promoting, transmitting and distributing the Site, the Services, or any part or derivative thereof, in and through any media and channels.

These terms go far beyond those needed for the rebroadcasting and repacking of videos for promotional purposes, since they require that users assign permission to use trademarks and patents.The broad phrase "the business the Company" would mean that any patents demonstrated in a video could then be used in any line of business that Tangle decided to enter. If Amazon were to upload video in which their one click shopping patent[5] was demonstrated, then they'd have to grant Tangle a licence for that patent, in which case Tangle could use it elsewhere on their site. This, combined with the creepiness, is probably why most of their content comes from end-users, religious groups, and Christian bands. Yes, Tangle is as much fun as it sounds.

[edit] Prayer wall

Tangle offers a prayer wall, in which users can request prayers from their fellow users. Comments are allowed on these prayers, so users can offer advice or just assure the original poster that they are remembering them when they're talking to the their deity, idol, or when writing a letter to Santa.

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