29 September 2014

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Ello, a social network called "Anti-Facebook" is now up for public use!


Have you heard of Ello yet? Probably by reading this blog, you already have an idea what Ello is all about.

What is Ello?
Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers. It was originally built as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to join Ello that the creator built a public version of it for everyone to use.




Ello labels itself as ad-free, user-friendly, and anti-Facebook! It is anti-Facebook because it is anti-advertising and anti-big data which is a good alternative to the social media giants Facebook and Twitter.

Its manifesto says:
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.
While Ello is currently in its beta stage, expect some bugs while playing around with the social network. The company also has a list of current and upcoming features you can check out on their website.

Statistics
Ello's growing popularity, pegged at more than 35,000 people asking to sign up per hour, can be explained in two ways. Ello is something new, and that alone is enough to attract many tech enthusiasts. But Ello is also making waves after a tumultuous summer for Facebook... [Source: www.cnet.com]

How to join Ello?
Ello is still invitation-only. You can request an invite through its home page. Or, if you know someone that is already using Ello, you can ask them to invite you. Each new members or registered users can invite up to 25 new users.

I have read about Ello online and I have no friends yet who are already members of this new social networking site. I decide to join the network by requesting an invite through its homepage. After requesting for invitation, I have received an e-mail from Ello which says that they will invite me as soon as they can. While Ello is currently in beta, they are inviting new users in small groups as they roll out new features.


I will give you an update once Ello approved my invitation request. :)