I’ve been on Ello for about two weeks, and can basically sum it up as a disappointment. I love the simplicity of this social network. I know that is not full featured and I’ve noticed that new features are added every week. It is also ok that there still is no mobile app for Ello either for iOS or Android.
The problem is that there is “no friends” available. Invites don’t fix this problem, it causes it. We are a few friends and colleagues hanging around, none of us really active. Most of us can be described as early adopters to all kind of new services, always ready to try something new. So what is the hype surrounding Ello? Ello doesn’t bring anything new, it is just another network. I’m a hobby photographer and I see a lot of photographers posting artistic photos on Ello, but so do photographers on Instagram, Facebook and Google Plus.
Ello is summed up geniusly in this video:
Ello is free of charge, but will introduce a freemium model. You must pay to get extra functionality some time in the future. I’m honestly not sure if this will work. Do you know the service trying to compete with Twitter, App.net
? Did you ever try App.net? Thought so, cause only a few of us did. Their freemium model didn’t work and having a better service then Twitter didn’t work when people sticked with the competitor.
But perhaps Ello is here to stay? After all, hipsters need their own social network!