Just read an article in The New Yorker about a Michigan university study that shows that Facebook makes people unhappy.
There have been many posts on Ello about how positive this community is. I was being interviewed for a German magazine yesterday about Ello, and even the reporter mentioned that he'd noticed it, too.
I don't have an objective basis for this observation, but I think what gives license to so much negativity on ad-driven networks like Facebook is the general vibe that someone is taking advantage of us. We know, instinctually, that we're being fucked with, but we can't exactly put our finger on what's going on.
It's a bit like spending a lot of time in a casino: no matter how glitzy and fun it looks when we first walk in, over time everyone in the room is slowly losing to the house. And that makes the atmosphere generally negative. The same is true when you log in to Facebook and find a feed full of ads and boosted posts. And we know every move we make is being tracked, saved, and scored for later use by companies that do not have our best interests at heart.
In any case, long live the awesome, creative, positive community we're building on Ello!
When we created Ello, we made a commitment that it will grow organically, from person to person. There's no rush to grow fast (it's best to build a house with a strong foundation, rather than throwing up cheap walls that eventually crumble under stress).
Please help us keep Ello awesome by inviting the people you love, and who you know will love Ello too.