I haven’t received my official invitation yet to join the brand-new Ello social media site and the anxiety is killing me. I know, I know, we are all of taxed to death attempting to remember the passwords for all the various other next big points we tried to get hold of in early on.
And though it sure as hell doesn’t pay to get hold of in on early on anything due to the fact that you are asking for a recall or network bug fix or merely a general urgent have to opt out, merely this once this year I’d love to be among the very first in line of having hip stuff to do. Such as status in line for a new Apple phone, or, even better, writing an advertising essay to explain why the brand-new U2 album sucks devoid of saying a word concerning the music. I missed the early rush on Twitter.com and now I’m behind on that fad, and nobody ice bucket challenged me, either.
So hey, Ello, am I worhty? Much less is like, you know, more. Dig the design. Don’t care if nobody’s there. Let me in early so I can easily greet the advancing wave of tech writers that have actually been somehow cattle prodded to write endless numbers of stories concerning a web site that is still in beta.
It’s almost as if there’s a participatory viral culture out there that hops on subjects for the mere pleasure of doing the wave. love just what they do in stadiums as soon as the baseball games get hold of dull. As a result we have actually a media society that believes a viral Youtube.com video is a legitimate network news story.
But there’s something deeper at job here: If you want hits on your story posted to the web, nothing can easily be much more potent compared to taking a few jabs at Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.com. In fact, the only actual thing functioning favor of Ello is its anti-Facebook branding, as indicated by brief statements (“manifesto”) critiquing the world’s largest social media site.
As the manifesto states: “Your social network is owned by advertisers.
“Every information you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted in to data. Advertisers buy your data so they can easily prove to you much more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
“We believe there is a much better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the individuals that make points and the individuals that use them need to be in partnership.
“We believe a social network can easily be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — However an area to connect, make and celebrate life.
“You are not a product.”
So there’s undoubtedly an anti-web, anti-America the Database vibe here, too. However I’m not sure exactly how “transparency” jibes along with annonymity.
Also, merely in case one missed out on the intended rebellion-against-authoritarianism vibe, there is Additionally a “WTF” statement included that goes: “A social network that has actually ads is a social network produced for advertisers, not for people. … We’re not thinking about ruling the world. We believe individuals that are inspired to do points love that have actually unresolved psychological problems.”
How it can easily be supported without ads is the question of the century in the media business. If I was a prognosticator here, I would certainly charge for each and every invitation to participate. Should be why I haven’t conquered the world.