• Will BakerWill Baker, almost 9 years ago

    Maybe now they can hire a new designer.

    35 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 9 years ago

    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.

    11 points
    • EJ FoxEJ Fox, almost 9 years ago

      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

      6 points
  • Brandon MakesBrandon Makes, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    "Insert typical snarky comment about how this model won't work here."

    7 points
  • John LeschinskiJohn Leschinski, almost 9 years ago

    filing as public benefit does not equal no ads ever.

    3 points
  • Theresa MershonTheresa Mershon, almost 9 years ago

    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.

    2 points
  • Henrique Alves, almost 9 years ago

    "No ads ever"... Ok Let's have this conversation in a few months time again.

    2 points
  • Jesse HeadJesse Head, almost 9 years ago

    And in doing so signed their death wish. I hope I'm wrong...

    2 points
  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, almost 9 years ago

    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...

    1 point
    • Matthew R. MillerMatthew R. Miller, almost 9 years ago

      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.

      2 points
  • James Young, almost 9 years ago

    Easy option to raise money:

    1. Say you'll never put ads in
    2. 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
    3. Say you're looking at rolling out "tasteful, curated featured content" to your users timelines
    4. Offer option to pay a small fee to avoid getting said tasteful and curated featured content
    5. $$$$ PROFIT $$$$ as people happily pay to avoid the threat of ads that you never really intended on putting in.
    0 points
  • Travis VocinoTravis Vocino, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    Sounds wonderful.

    0 points