This may come as a shock to you, but most people aren’t thrilled with Facebook these days. In fact, it seems like everyone is working hard at finding a Facebook replacement, and companies are betting big bucks on ways to topple the top dog in social networking. There have been efforts as humble as crowdsourced Diaspora to Google’s billion-dollar failure Google Plus. All of these have failed, more or less. Now there’s a new competitor that’s hoping that a slower, more organic growing process will end up being the magical solution to creating a viable Facebook competitor. Meet Ello, the private, ad-free social network that has exploded in recent days. Here’s what it’s all about:
“Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers,” reads Ello’s About page. “We originally built Ello as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to join Ello that we built a public version of Ello for everyone to use. Ello doesn’t sell ads. Nor do we sell data about you to third parties. […] We also think ads are tacky, that they insult our intelligence and that we’re better without them.”
It sounds really cool, even if I’m way too old and unhip to be a member of Ello’s demographic; after all, I wore a Hawaiian shirt to work today unironically, so I might just be the King of Lame. Still, if you’re looking to find out more about Ello, head over to their website ello.co and find out more. And if you want to waste an invitation on an unhip 33-year-old, then find me on Twitter @popfi and give me the hook-up.
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