Ello Is No Facebook Killer
I’m afraid to say how I feel about Ello.
I’ve been in this position before. A new social media platform arrives, everyone proclaims it the next big thing and better than all that’s come before or currently exists. I look at it and feel a profound sense of meh
It’s not really Ello’s fault. The social network that seems to encourage big images, short thoughts and unthreaded conversation launched over the summer. I don’t recall hearing about it. In fact, Ello was flying way under the radar until September
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A couple of weeks ago, Facebook made headlines when it began strict enforcement of a real-names policy. Turns out there are many people for whom a taken name is more than just a nom de plume, but an identity. The LGBT community, in particular, took exception to the new rule as it forced some drag queens and even transgenders to use gender names out of alignment with their own sexual identities. Read more...
Posted on Mon, Sep 2014 06:18:05
Ello, the Anti-Facebook, Weathers First Major Outage
The invite-only social network Ello, which has seemingly become an overnight sensation, has also drawn enough attention to become the victim of an attack that briefly disrupted its service. But it survived its first major outage on Sunday.
Ello, which has apparently benefited from Facebook's crackdown on users who don't use their real names, was down for about 35 minutes on Sunday, starting at 4:15 p.m. ET, according to the website's status page.
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The site blamed the outage on a denial of service attack — an attack method characterized by a malicious intent to deny access to users. Ello resolved the attack by blocking the responsible IP address from its servers. Read more...
Posted on Mon, Sep 2014 05:21:45
Anti-Selfie Short Film Tells Us Your Behavior Makes Celebs Really Sad
In today's selfie-obsessed world, a photo with any celebrity is social-media gold
Mere words in a tweet or Facebook status won't suffice, as your humblebrag will surely be met with a skeptical "pic or it didn't happen" response
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Aspirational, a short film starring Kirsten Dunst for Vs. Magazine, takes an exaggerated look (we hope) at people's obsessions with taking selfies with celebrities.
"Next time you take a selfie with your favorite star, think twice — unlike the girls in this film," the video's description says.
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Posted on Sun, Sep 2014 06:33:02
Google Doodle Celebrates Its 16th Birthday
Happy sweet 16, Google Doodle!
The quirky art featured on the search giant's homepage celebrated its 16th birthday on Saturday with, appropriately, an animated Google Doodle. In it, the G in Google's logo measures the growth of the O and L.
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Google's unique art has celebrated a variety of people, events and causes over the years. Its topics have ranged from sci-fi show Doctor Who to iconic actress Audrey Hepburn, as well as social causes including International Women's Day, the Sochi Winter Olympics gay-rights controversy and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Read more...
Posted on Sat, Sep 2014 06:56:07
Ello Cofounder Doesn't Think Facebook Is a Social Network
Ello, the independent, invitation-only and ad-free social network that went viral almost overnight, is often compared to Facebook. Indeed, the still-nascent social network has already gained a reputation as the "anti-Facebook."
But Ello cofounder Paul Budnitz doesn't put much stock in those comparisons — in part because he thinks Facebook's users have become so commoditized that the platform stopped being a true social network long ago.
"The advertisers are the customer and the user is the product that's being bought and sold," he told Mashable. "We don't see ourselves competing with them, because what we're doing feels so different." Read more...
Posted on Sat, Sep 2014 01:49:37
If Not Ello, Something Else: Facebook's 'Real Names' Policy Could Turn It Into Friendster
Ello doesn't really work
That much isn't surprising. The bare bones, ad-free, invite-only social network launched in March is still in beta, and evidently didn't anticipate becoming this hot this fast
There isn't a working search function. I can't find my friends, which is about a basic a function as a social network needs to have. I have to login every time I use it. My Ello feed (I'm @futureboy, naturally) has nothing but a list of people accepting my invites. There's another part of the feed called "noise," which basically looks like a cut-rate Pinterest.
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Posted on Fri, Sep 2014 10:42:41
What's Up With Ello, the Anti-Facebook Social Network?
By now, you've probably heard something about Ello, the ad-free, invite-only, independent social network that has seemingly gone viral over the last week.
The ad-free social network has quickly — and somewhat inexplicably — gained a reputation for being the "anti-Facebook." Which is odd, because new users tend to boast on Facebook about having scored an invite to the service.
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While it's not clear what's behind the site's sudden surge in popularity (it launched in March to little fanfare), several reports have linked the rise of Ello to the recent firestorm caused by Facebook's so-called real name policy Read more...
Posted on Fri, Sep 2014 02:25:25
How to Snap the Perfect Hyperlapse Selfie
Selfies just got a whole lot fancier.
Until now, we could only shoot with the rear-facing camera on Instagram's popular time-lapse video app, Hyperlapse. With the app's new front-facing camera option, selfies will never be the same. Now you can record what the company calls a "selfielapse" with the touch of a button.
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If you're wondering how the new feature works, you're in the right place. Below, we'll walk you through six steps to help you take a great selfielapse.
Hyperlapse is a free app that is only available for iOS devices. If you haven't already, download the app by clicking here. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Sep 2014 09:35:24