For the past few weeks, I have peppering the "Pieces of Flair" Facebook application with little Atheist gems. Why? I have a few good reasons. First, I like playing with graphics, so it is enjoyable to me simply as a hobby. I mess with fonts, edit backgrounds, manipulate pictures. It's a lot of fun for me. Second, I figure Facebook, as a social network, is a great place to send out atheist messages to younger people. Teens, twenty-somethings use Pieces of Flair a lot, so throwing a couple of witty, sarcastic or thoughful atheist flairs between the Twilight and Justin Beiber buttons is a good way to get noticed. Third, from my days in marketing, I know that messages need repeat exposure by the intended audience in order to stick. I upload one piece of atheist flair per day. Day after day. It's a bit of work, but I think it's worth it. I have learned that the "new" flair is posted at 8:30am EST. I'm in the west, so at about 6:15 or so I post my flair, which usually puts it on the front page, giving it maximum exposure. It is interesting to see which ones get the most "purchases", where people buy them with flair credits. My most popular one to date, with over 800 purchases, is the Ghandhi quote "Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer."

So this has been my little contribution to promoting atheism and my beliefs. Who knows what young (and old?) minds I might be swaying, or at least provoking to think a bit about our viewpoint.

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Comment by Jim DePaulo on July 16, 2010 at 6:59pm
Michael,
As I'm not a Facebook participant I have little idea what "the pieces of flair" are. Give me a couple of clues and i'll join the facebookers and contribute to the subversion.
Comment by ungodlynews on July 16, 2010 at 3:05pm
I could use the company Jim. In fact, I have been thinking it would be quite awesome if there were a whole lot of folks logging in on Blasphemy Day (Sept 30) and flooding those Pieces of Flair pages with atheist messages.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on July 16, 2010 at 2:39pm
Great buttons! I also love messing with graphics and fonts - you've inspired me to engage subversive behavior.
Comment by ungodlynews on July 15, 2010 at 7:32am
Oh, and of course most of the phrases can be seen elsewhere on the internets, I just put my personal touch on them. The scientifically explainable whip was from a cartoon, but I worked on that graphic for a while!
Comment by ungodlynews on July 15, 2010 at 7:30am
The one thing I do ponder when uploading these is which category to put them in. I was doing it under "Beliefs", mixing it in with the religious flair. But lately I've been putting them under "Lifestyle". Don't know if it makes much of a difference.
Comment by Jas Brimstone on July 14, 2010 at 7:58pm
"What schools need is a moment of science"... love it!
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on July 14, 2010 at 7:41pm
Yeah, I like that one and "in the beginning, Man created God"!
Comment by Loren Miller on July 14, 2010 at 6:53pm
GREAT collection! I love the "Scientifically Explainable Whip!" ... even though I'm a Spin Blend guy!

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