Agree or Disagree: Ello will be the anti-Facebook


Introducing Ello

Have you noticed that there is many Social Networks out there now? Quite frankly, there is too many to count.

But,we have another one coming into our midst.

The above link will greet you to Ello. A new Social Network.

What is Ello?

Well, this is their Manifesto. Right from their site

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.

In other words, they are trying to be the anti-Facebook. Their words. Not mine.

Now, let’s have a quick chat about Facebook. Apparently, there is some disenchantment by how Facebook is being run. Some of you don’t like the advertisements. Or, how some people can see your posts and how some can’t.

However, it seems many of you still use it. I still use it. As a matter of fact, this post will be on Facebook.

Now let’s have a quick chat about Ello.

Two things struck me. It’s common for Social Networks to establish invites. I get that. What I didn’t get was the email response to my invite which was this.

Thank you for your interest in Ello.

We will invite you as soon as we can. Ello is currently in beta, and we are inviting new users in small groups as we roll out new features.

In the meantime, please share our Manifesto — and help us spread the word.

I was turned off by this. If you are going to tell me to get an invite, well why are you telling me that you aren’t ready for an invite? I wasn’t impressed by this. It strikes me as arrogant. It strikes me as unprepared. It strikes me as elitist. I admit this is an instant reaction, but first impressions stick sometimes.

Anyway, the early theory of Ello is it will be the anti-Facebook

Here is an article you can read from the BBC about Ello. Read http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29409541

So, let’s ask a couple of questions.

Are you losing interest in Facebook? Why?

Are you interested in Ello? What are you expecting from this Network?

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