I’ve requested to join Ello. Okay, you ask what is Ello?
Ello is a new ad-free social network. This is the kicker, the site is in beta, and is currently invite-only, so you can only join Ello if you get an invitation from someone who’s already on the site. I requested an invite on the site’s homepage. When you are invited you will then receive your own profile, and can comment and mention with other users, and see how many views your post has received.
You have a choice to follow your “friends,” or “noise,” this sounds very interesting, since no one knows, which place you added them. :) It means you can follow people you care most about and keep everyone separate.
The site is free, but, okay, you knew they’d have to have a but, the creators will offer special features, but you’ll have to pay if you want to add those to your account. Mobile apps will be available soon or that’s what they are saying. You know, I still wonder about they and who they really are. Well,they in this case is, Paul Budnitz, the site’s creator.
The big question I have to ask; “without ads, will Ello last?
Well again, they are saying the New Social media site Ello has gotten a lot of buzz in the past week. Its big and only time will tell, since it is ad-free, so it’s basically the anti-Facebook.
Is this a social media revolution? Remember, new social media’s have taken off in the past, so Ello maybe the next to be everywhere and it is moving on in supersonic speed.
Here is the site's manifesto:
Your social network is owned by advertisers. Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that's bought and sold. We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership. We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product.
So your information will never be sold from Ello to advertisers.
The site was originally created by a group of seven artists and programmers, so many people say it's nice to look at, and very visual. Without ads, it's also a lot less cluttered. Ello's logo is a black and white smiley face.
All right, I’ll let you know what happens next, when or if I join Ello and become one of the black and white smiley faces.