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25 September 2014

so let me know if you want an ello invite I just need an email address. Basically, trying to get everyone I like on there so I can ditch facebook completely for fun, and just use it to show pictures to the grandparents.
posted by bearwife 25 September | 12:36
Please send me one.
posted by arse_hat 25 September | 13:07
...and they froze invites :(

I will keep checking.
posted by gaspode 25 September | 13:35
I am there under danf . . .navigation is not that obvious, which is sort of fun.
posted by danf 25 September | 13:54
Is this going to be another Google+?
posted by Senyar 25 September | 14:06
If it frees up, I'll take one if just to grab 'octothorpe' before someone else does.
posted by octothorpe 25 September | 14:52
No, it's going to be another Diaspora.

(I'm eideteker, natch.)
posted by Eideteker 25 September | 17:10
froze signups? sounds a lot like 2003 MetaFilter (not a bad thing)

yes, I am AND (don't forget: 2'L's in swell, 2'O's in foop)
posted by oneswellfoop 25 September | 17:45
So I went on it and it looks a lot like Google+. Can anyone explain why it's better than G+? I was getting encouraged that a lot more people are using Google+ and maybe we'd have a shift of critical mass, but now this one seems to be the new shiny thing. Is it really different/better/faster/more?
posted by Miko 25 September | 17:47
I just read a bunch about it and am definitely going to hide and watch for a while. It looks like one of those things that has the business plan of (a) get millions of followers, (b) sell to one of the big companies. If it ended up replacing Facebook, great. But for now? No more profiles for me, dear heaven, no. So. many. profiles.
posted by Miko 25 September | 21:20
yes please. (my email is in my profile)
posted by jouke 26 September | 01:23
Thanks gaspode. I'm 'octothorp' which is a variant spelling of the word.
posted by octothorpe 26 September | 08:27
I'm jouke there.

I've tried to add danf, octothorp, eideteker. But search in ello doesn't turn up any of you...
posted by jouke 26 September | 08:36
Took me ten minutes to find the 'post' button. The interface might need some work.
posted by octothorpe 26 September | 09:07
The user search seems to be useless. You can't paste a name in the search field, you have to type it in and it still can't find eideteker.
posted by octothorpe 26 September | 09:36
I'm @mas.
posted by stynxno 26 September | 10:20
I have a Google+ account but haven't used it in a couple of years. So I'll take one of these 'ell' things so I can get my name, please, but I'm not sure how much I'll use it.
posted by Senyar 26 September | 12:51
Hello, Ello: Seven Things to Know About the Burlington-based 'Anti-Facebook'

Includes link to this skeptical post by waxpancake.

I use my real name on ello
posted by terrapin 26 September | 14:53
And I think I still have invites. Email me if you want one.
posted by terrapin 26 September | 14:55
I would like one (email in profile)
posted by rmless2 26 September | 17:40
Okay, thanks to Danf, I'm there as @essexjan. But if it's as complicated to use as Google+, it'll probably end up as another unused bookmark.
posted by Senyar 26 September | 18:53
I can't find anyone with the search function either. I'm dabearwife there.
posted by bearwife 26 September | 18:54
Search sucks but you can just find via the URL. Thus I'm at
posted by octothorpe 26 September | 21:13
I'm @susannahb.
posted by Madamina 26 September | 22:58
I've not had time to check it out at all but have always had a problem with Facebook in pure concept. Never having a "real" name and using some form of alias information in most everything makes it a flimsy thing anyway, but I don't understand why people want to replicate one facet of their lives into another. I use to think I should be able to submit writing on toilet paper and the strength of the writing would be what mattered, which is not true. Later it turned out people cared way more about packaging than substance. There's something weird about this stuff that is sort of packaging as substance and visa versa that doesn't make sense to me, because I wouldn't wrap a gift the same for two different people anymore than I'd invite a business acquaintance and a distant relative to the same party. Or say my mom and a writer I admired. Or any two random people. Maybe that's a lot of words to say I wouldn't choose to mix the people I choose to know with the people I happen to know to get the same newsletter, except that's not quite it either.

But everyone enjoys pictures of my cat dressed up as historical figures, archetypes, and other animals.
posted by ethylene 27 September | 01:01
@rmless2, i sent you an invite. Would have been sooner, but Ello was down ;)
posted by terrapin 27 September | 09:14
everyone enjoys pictures of my cat

And that's the real lesson here for us all.

Maybe we just need a social network called "Pix o' Catz" and we can all like each other and upload cat pictures. That way we accomplish 90% of the purpose of social media with none of the awkward social interactions.

Or make it "Pix o' Catz N Kidz" and then you're up to 95%. Just as long as you could exclude one stream or the other. Filter:

_Show me pix o' catz
_Show me pix o' kidz
_Show me catz AND kidz

posted by Miko 27 September | 10:31
For the moment it seems everybody is only staking their claim to a username in case it takes off.
Do you all think that if we would move metachat to ello that it would be able to gain more momentum? Or is that a bad idea?

Btw I sent rmless an invite as well.
posted by jouke 27 September | 10:52
I'll show you a pic o' cat miko:
≡ Click to see image ≡

(that's some amazing athleticism)
posted by jouke 27 September | 10:55
Wow, what awful ideas.
As I just resigned from a WWF game with what seemed to be a bigoted tween with reading comprehension problems (378 to its 47), I still don't think either is a way to go to avoid this situation or aid any other. If people want to just like cats and babies, that's most of the internet. Where is the part where we talk about ugly babies and people who abuse exclamation points? I have an innate mistrust of the latter. It reeks of perkiness, desperation and shoutiness.
posted by ethylene 27 September | 12:07
posted by Firas 27 September | 12:24
posted by jouke 27 September | 12:37
posted by ethylene 27 September | 12:39
If invites open up again, I'd love one - email is my username at gmail.

Jouke, that cat is amazing. Reminds me of the time I couldn't find one of my kitties, and he had somehow managed to get outside on the second floor window, but was then stuck out there, as he couldn't get back in (screens bend out, but not in, apparently!).
posted by needlegrrl 29 September | 07:56
needle, invite sent.
posted by octothorpe 29 September | 09:12
I'm @matildaben.
posted by matildaben 29 September | 10:55
So, what I don't like about this 'ello' is that, unless you know what someone has as their avatar, you have no idea who is posting stuff, unless they're replying to something and then it shows their @[username]. Is there any way to show people's user names? Or am I missing something here?
posted by Senyar 29 September | 11:47
I specialize in awful ideas. Play again and I will say more.
posted by Miko 29 September | 19:08
Has anyone actually ever gotten an invite?

I've been sent invites by at least 5 people, and have yet to receive even a peep.

I think the whole thing must be a scam, I just haven't figured out the angle yet.

posted by pjern 30 September | 08:21
miko sounds like a magic eight ball..
posted by jouke 30 September | 20:09
pjern, I don't understand what you mean.
Also; I can't find you on ello.
posted by jouke 30 September | 20:10
pjern, I don't understand either. Perhaps the email invite is in your spam folder?
posted by terrapin 01 October | 13:33
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