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Recent years have seen the rise of a Catholic presence on the Internet
and on social media in particular. At the same time, there has been a
movement among young Catholics to rediscover and revitalize the
traditions of the Church. Novenas, an ancient form of spirituality
involving praying for nine consecutive days for some special purpose,
are one such tradition. NovenaNetwork, which debuted in the App Store
on May 23, 2017 and acquired over 50 users in three countries within
its first six days, is an iOS social media application for praying
novenas with others. While multiple apps and websites already exist
for praying novenas, NovenaNetwork is the first social media network
on any platform for doing so, making it unique in this space. I will
begin by presenting the functionality of NovenaNetwork in depth and
examining how the app differs from its competitors. Next, I will
outline the design and implementation of the app. Finally, I will
offer an evaluation of the app and unveil features I intend to
implement in subsequent releases of NovenaNetwork.
Senior Honors Thesis. Advisors: Xing-Dong Yang and Sean Smith
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Marissa Le Coz, "NovenaNetwork: A Catholic Social Media iOS Application for Praying Novenas as a Community." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2017-833, June 2017.
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