Another social media network?
Thanks to Gary Zidek of WDCB radio for asking me for my take.
Shout out to Xan Pearson for sending me an invite in time for me to review Ello before my interview.
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Here's the interview. . .
Growing Number of Social Media Users Saying Hello to "Ello"
The latest craze in social media has arrived, but experts are divided on whether “Ello” has staying power or is just a fad. The new social media company is being called the “anti-Facebook”. Ello is currently invitation-only and reportedly receives over 31,000 requests-to-join an hour. While the Vermont-based start-up still has a long way to go before it rivals Facebook, the ads-free social network is generating a lot of buzz. WDCB News Reporter Gary Zidek asked local social media expert Barbara Rozgonyi about the rapid rise of Ello. Source: WDCB News
Ello's Manifest is Appealing
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
It's a beautiful concept.
But, I have to admit I'm spending very little time with ello right now.
I do feel like this social network will have more appeal in Europe.
When I reported on Social Media Week Berlin, I found that Europeans were far more interested in privacy than most Americans.
How about you?
Are you on Ello? What do you think about the platform?