If you're going to sign up for Ello, do it for the right reasons (not my title)
Found this artcile yesterday and found it to be interesting. This guy, @scottkleinberg, has already written off @ello as being a serious contender against Facebook.
Link to article: http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/BB6OTeW
And apparently, you should only sign up for social networks for the right reasons. Because apparently there is no turning back. It's not like you can just go into your account settings and delete your account and never come back. Once you've signed up, you better hope it was for the right reasons, otherwise it's the end of your social networking life as you know it.
Any rate... a little bit seriouser this time...
- He thinks because it's missing certain components, it's not a contender. (even though it's in a beta)
- He also thinks because it has design issues, it's not a contender. (again it's in a beta, and let's not pretend that Facebook doesn't have a load of design issues presently)
- He thinks people are mostly running to sign up to Ello because of a fear of the moment. They are afraid they are gonna be last to the next, big thing. And apparently, that's bad. So bad, he did it himself.
My two cents about Ello, thus far
It's in beta, and if you look at their upcoming and recently added features, you know it's not a finished product. But even that being said, I'll say this...
In its current state it would be almost impossible to replace Facebook verbatim. It doesn't have private messaging, which people use religiously through Facebook. It doesn't have mobile apps, which Facebook users also use religiously. And even though they've tried to make a decent web-app-through-browser experience, it can be pretty clunky and confusing. And I'm a tech guy. Furthermore, ALL posts, as best as I can tell, are public. They would need to have some way to restrict who can see your posts (like Facebook clumsily does and Google+ does better).
All in all, I think if Ello had at least 1) private messaging and 2) mobile apps, it could stand to take over a lot of Facebook users right now. But for a lot of Facebook users, they would want that third component, 3) private posts. People want the comfort of knowing their boss (or future boss) isn't looking at every picture they post.
BUT, all that being said, it's in beta and all of those components could be on our doorstep within days or weeks. I don't think they are taking for granted the attention they are getting, and are probably working a lot harder and faster than they were before the onslaught of media coverage.
I admire their hard efforts thus far and that they chose to take on Facebook and Twitter head on. I think it's smart, because we all know people are fed up with Facebook, and as it shows........ it garnished them a bunch of press early on. So long as they don't slip up, or quickly sell out, I think they have a lot of potential ahead of them. Good luck to Ello!
WHAT DO YOU THINK? If you haven't quit Facebook already, what would it take?