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YouVersion 2.0!

After much anticipation YouVersion 2.0 has launched! Here’s a look at what’s new, as well as some things to look forward to in the coming months:

  1. A new design: We have given YouVersion a facelift, making the Bible reader the first place you land. Anyone can browse Scripture immediately upon hitting the site, giving people direct access to the Bible with fewer clicks.
  2. Widgetized: The right window pane now contains contribution, daily reading, and journal widgets that can be organized within the pane. See what you want, where you want it!
  3. Tag, Bookmark, and Link: Now found in one area above the widgets, this new location gives you the ability to organize your thoughts and readings without ever having to leave the Bible Reader.
  4. Parallel Readers: Want to see the what two different versions have to say about Matthew 5-7?  Now you can compare NIV and The Message without having to grab two different Bibles. It can also be used to read two different languages – read in English on one side and Korean on the other.  Or if you want to read the Sermon on the Mount in Mark and Matthew, you can un-sync the parallel readers and browse separately. [keyboard shortcut = control + option + p]
  5. My Page: Take a look at the contributions of those you are following, and see your likes, bookmarks, contributions, and journal entries.
  6. Community Page: A global view of YouVersion user activity, the community page is your place to engage with the YouVersion community.  See what people are contributing, liking, and tagging!
  7. Mobile Pages: Access the mobile apps (iPhone, BlackBerry and other mobile devices) through these specific mobile pages.  Download instructions and compatibility specifics are found within these pages.

They say seven is a symbolic number… so we’ll stop there, but be on the lookout for much more to come as we turn our attention to mobile, tying in user interaction from mobile to web to give you seamless integration from your mobile device to your home computer or laptop. Also look for an updated <a href=”http://m.youversion.com”>m.youversion.com</a> in the coming weeks, with the ability to log-in and add journal entries from your phone.

We’re excited to get this update out the door and in your hands! It’s been an exciting few months here at LifeChurch.tv as we’ve spent many hours designing, tweaking and developing this release. YouVersion first launched in September 2007, promoting online Scripture engagement through a community of dedicated users. Our desire was to make the Bible accessible and spur users to engage with Scripture through their contributions of text, links, photos and videos. With the addition of the iPhone Bible app in July 2008 and the Blackberry app in October, it has become evident that YouVersion was experiencing momentum and plans to enhance YouVersion began to fall into place.

We want to take a moment and give praise to God for the awesome opportunity He has given us to further Biblical interaction using the Web! We also want to thank you for the valuable contributions you have made (and will continue to make) to YouVersion. With every contribution, you show that engagement with Scripture is valuable to your spiritual journey!

YouVersion Milestone!!

Yesterday, YouVersion passed one million unique users on the iPhone/iPod touch through the YouVersion Bible App. Since the launch of the Bible App users have spent 407,000,000 plus minutes engaging with God’s word!! Wow!

I’m gonna let that number soak in for a second.

407,000,000 minutes = 326,388 days, 21 hours and 20 minutes of Bible engagement.

Our excitement stems from our desire here at LifeChurch.tv to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. From the start YouVersion’s purpose has been to open new doors to help people connect the Bible to their daily lives. At the core, our focus remains on relevancy as we consistently strive to demonstrate and teach people how God’s Word relates to everyone, no matter where they are in life.

YouVersion isn’t just a tool to impact the world using innovative technology, more importantly, it promotes engaging people into a relationship with God as they discover the relevance the Bible has for their lives. So thank you for spreading the news, twittering, and blogging about YouVersion. We are looking forward to many more minutes of Scripture engagement as we all strive to become fully devoted followers of Christ!

YouVersion Celebrates…

Over the past few months the YouVersion team has been working diligently to spread the good news and encourage scripture engagement throughout the interwebs.  After much collaboration we are excited to announce two strategic partnerships that introduces Bible engagement to thousands of users across the globe.

tangle February 1st, GodTube announced the launch of tangle, a social networking tool for the faith-based and family friendly marketplace.  In expanding tangle introduced a Virtual Bible which is powered by YouVersion.  We are excited to partner with this growing community allowing more people to engage with scripture.

purpose driven connectionOn February 16th, PurposeDriven.com introduced a new online magazine driven by Reader’s Digest, this robust website is dedicated to inspiration, information, and conversation on your Christian walk. The website includes a Bible Search link that directly ties into YouVersion, giving their wider community access to authentic connectivity within the Biblical narrative.

Check out both sites as each offer unique community and a plethora of options for digital media interaction.

New Year’s Resolution – Read the Whole Bible!

As we begin 2009, there’s no better time to get a fresh perspective and realign our priorities. For many of us, that includes finding new ways to integrate the Bible into our daily lives. YouVersion is here to help!

Our One-Year Reading Plan will take you through the entire Bible in 2009—just read the selections mapped out for you each day and you’ll cover the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice this year. Invite friends to join you in this journey and you’ll have built-in accountability along with enhanced learning.

And don’t forget that you can use your mobile phone to read the Bible no matter where you are. Find the YouVersion.com that works for you while you’re on the go:

Check out some of the other ways that nearly 700,000 individuals are using YouVersion from all over the world:

  • Coffee, morning tunes, and daily reading on YouVersion.com
  • Using YouVersion to keep track of my notes on verses
  • Grabbing my iPhone when I wake up and reading the Bible before my feet hit the floor
  • Looking up Scripture references during church with YouVersion
  • Reading YouVersion while waiting in line
  • Love YouVersion for my iPhone. I’m reading through the NT for the second time this year and highlighting w/bookmarks.
  • Using YouVersion as a personal devotion tool for my wife and I to do in-depth devotions during lunch hours, out-of-town trips, or anytime it caught our fancy.
  • Wrapped up in a blanket chilling on the front porch swing.
  • Reading www.youversion.com and writing. Pretty perfect way to end the evening.
  • Having one of those toss and turn can’t sleep kinda nights.  Think I will do a little bible reading on YouVersion.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for YouVersion in 2009 and can’t wait to share them with you. Thanks for being a part of the YouVersion community!

Have a Happy New Year!

YouVersion Adds New Living Translation (NLT), GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) and others…

Thanks for being a part of the YouVersion community! After many requests we are excited to announce the release of NLT – New Living Translation on YouVersion.com, along with GOD’S WORD Translation (GW), and Reina-Valera Antigua an addition to the available Spanish translations. To make your time online even more valuable, here’s a handy tip: pick your favorite version of the Bible and make it your default in YouVersion. We offer 40 translations with 22 different languages represented, so try out a few and choose the one that hits home.

 

We hope YouVersion is a daily destination where you find ongoing inspiration in God’s word and community with others. Please be sure to share what you’re learning along the way so we can all grow together!

Blackberry Bible App 1.0

Annoucing the Blackberry Bible App [powered by Youversion.com] is now out of beta and into version 1.0!

Biggest UI change is an upgrade to a more elegant design, while also integrating sleek carousel navigation in the interface. Other features include the ability to email verse to a friend, view contributions from YouVersion users and compatibility with a wider range of Blackberry handsets. Models included in this update are: 9000, 87xx, 88xx, 83xx, 8220, 7130, 81xx… Look for the Storm compatible Bible App coming soon.

Below are some screenshots of the new look! Go here to download new update (Blackberry OS v. 4.2.1 or higher required).

WordPress YouVersion Plug-in Now Available

Attention Blogosphere: You can now link scripture references directly to YouVersion from your blogposts, with the option to have a text bubble within the post of the scripture itself.  For instance:

[youversion]Matthew 5:1-8[/youversion]

You have the option in your wordpress admin to enable the text bubble or just have a straight link to YouVersion.  Text bubble is limited to public domain translations, so if you disable the text bubble in the plugin’s administration page you have the ability to link to any available translation on YouVersion.  You also have the option to change bubble color.  So go check it out!!  Download the YouVersion plugin, and then upload it into your plugin folder in your wordpress account.

New Update on Black Berry Bible App

This afternoon we pushed a new update for the Blackberry Bible App powered by YouVersion.  This update includes:

Hot Keys - for quick chapter advance

Share - share verses with friends

Better UI - a more stylized user interface and icons

Book List – for easy scrolling and searching.

We are excited to get this update out to all of our Blackberry users, and we are continuing to improve this app with more improvements to come in the next few weeks.  You can get the Blackberry download Here.  Enjoy!

Linking to YouVersion Now Made Easy!

YouVersion Link Tool

This new tool allows you to link to specific verses in YouVersion via a shortened url, useful for twitter posts, emails, and blog posts.  It also gives you the ability to link to specific verses on the m.youversion.com site. Below is an example of the url’s generated from a search for Matt 5:12:

Just type in the verse, select the translation, and hit the go button.  Underneath the search bar you are given the web url, the mobile url, and the verse itself. The new link tool can be found on the footer of YouVersion.com and can also be accessed at http://www.youversion.com/linktool

iPhone Bible App Version 1.6!!

Stop what you are doing, check out the App Store on your iPhone, and download version 1.6!!  We are very excited about this update as it offers you the ability to bookmark your favorite verses, which has been one of the most requested features on our feedback page.  We also have improved the translations page giving it a new look with alphabetical scrolling and nifty sidebar shortcut (much like the contact scrolling on the iPhone).

We have also fixed some minor bugs and are continuing to add languages and translations for your specific taste!  Enjoy version 1.6 and keep us in the loop on any requests, bug reports and comments on our feedback page!

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