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Why These Social Networks Failed So Badly

Sixteen years ago, the sun set on Web 1.0, and we embarked by the light of our smartphones to 24/7 connectivity, down a road paved with corporate blunders, littered with yesterday’s top 8 friends, scrubbed n00ds, trashed chiptune tracks, bomb threats, and downy unicorn costumes. Comedic treasures were born and abandoned by parent companies; screaming crowds running through billowing tear gas from police vanished behind defunct video players. Devs dreamed of love, artists of postmodern interfaces, and unknowns of entertainment careers. Netizens injured themselves for stunts, by accident, and on purpose. We submitted to our overlord Mark Zuckerberg and the army of influencers. And so many rubber ducks wailed. Read More >>

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Ello’s Death Rattle: Will You Stay if We Give You Porn?!

Ello, that exclusive, stripped down social network you vaguely remember hearing someone you kind of knew talking about last year is now an exclusive, stripped down ghost town. So in a desperate plea to re-attract the masses it once swore were coming, Ello has announced that March is officially NSFW month. Because if it's getting down on its knees anyway, it might as well — you know. Read More >>

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The Great Web 1.0 Revival

The booming size of today's mainstream social networks and the constant level of noise we have to deal with has inspired a sudden return to a time when the internet was quieter, safer, and more intimate: the Web 1.0 days. Like artisanal hipster nostalgia for a time when men were men, shoes were handmade, and everyone pickled their own vegetables, the internet's vanguard is pushing for a return toward a simpler digital era. Read More >>

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Why Ello’s Plan to Stay Ad-Free Can Actually Work

I want to believe in Ello. It's a cheeky little startup from the US with idealistic ambitions and a haunting logo and the promise of no ads. What's not to like? Well, a few days ago, Ello revealed its grand plan to stay ad-free, and honestly, it sounded at first like total bullshit. But it's not. Read More >>

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A Rant Against Ello’s “Simple” Design

Have you heard of Ello? It's a new social network site which is getting loads of buzz for its anti-Facebook Inc. stance. It promises a "Simple, beautiful & ad-free" experience. While it remains ad-free for now, whether it's simple or beautiful is highly debatable. After all, when it comes to user experience and interface design, is there something that's unanimously beautiful? Read More >>

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What is Ello and Should I Even Bother?

In the past week you may have heard people start to talk about something called Ello. Though it sounds like a cockney-accented greeting, it's actually a new social network with one major selling point: It doesn't have any ads. Read More >>