Maybe now they can hire a new designer.
i wanna man-kiss on your man-forehead.
I actually like the style Ello is using.
We’ll either build a business that doesn’t rely on third party advertising or the selling of user data or we won’t build a business.
i bet they do the latter. app.net already proved that people won't pay for social networks.
While true, App.net was the exact opposite of Ello in terms of the hip/new/cool quotient. App.net was to Twitter what Android is to Apple (imho) - a less-cool, if perhaps smarter alternative that appeals to a certain techy/geeky person
Ello has the possibility of answering the backlash against Facebook that has been building for years- and answering it in a hip cooler way rather than an intellectual "better on specs" way, which is what I feel App.net tried to do
"Insert typical snarky comment about how this model won't work here."
filing as public benefit does not equal no ads ever.
And in doing so signed their death wish. I hope I'm wrong...
"No ads ever"... Ok Let's have this conversation in a few months time again.
I like Ello. It is a blank canvas, but if you follow artists, writers and other funny people it's great. I get the sense Ello never really meant to be a "facebook killer" -- they were around at a fortuitous moment and jumped into the media's lens.
Ello is more like other artist networks like tightartists, dump.fm, posthang, or newhive (all of which I think are much better, but with smaller potential audiences).
I'll withhold my complete judgement until I see how they enrich their product now they have some funding.
Build analytics tools for users and allow them access to it at a cost. Sell access to the API to third-party developers.
These are the things I hoped Twitter would do. Instead I keep seeing people's favorites in my feed...
This is something I've hoped both Twitter and Twitch.tv would do for a long time. Instead of selling users' data to some conglomocorp, sell their own data back to them in the form of analytics.
Easy option to raise money:
- Say you'll never put ads in
- Change your mind through some weasel legal talk a year down the line because you've burnt your VC money on your non-business idea
- Say you're looking at rolling out "tasteful, curated featured content" to your users timelines
- Offer option to pay a small fee to avoid getting said tasteful and curated featured content
- $$$$ PROFIT $$$$ as people happily pay to avoid the threat of ads that you never really intended on putting in.