Ello, an Alternative to Facebook

The New Yorker just published a piece by Vauhini Vara on the new social network, Ello, titled, “Ello’s Anti-Facebook Movement.” Here’s an excerpt from the article that provides a pretty quick rundown (that sounds very anti-Circle as well): “[Ello] published, on the front page, what they described, in the grandiose tone typical of Web startups, as a manifesto. ‘Your social network is owned by advertisers,’ it began. (Facebook and its peers make money by selling ads and user data.) Ello promised to be different. It would make money by selling access to special features—like changing the background color of your profile—for a fee of a dollar or two.” Pretty interesting.

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About Bradley J. Fest

Bradley J. Fest is assistant professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), and has published a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture. He blogs at The Hyperarchival Parallax.
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