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.
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.
"No ads ever"... Ok Let's have this conversation in a few months time again.
And in doing so signed their death wish. I hope I'm wrong...
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.