Both @danyork and @msifry have commented on my post on FireChat and the needs of protestors, itself a reaction to @saschameinrath's post on the subject.
Dan said 'I wish Ello had a "share/repost" function' and Micah said "@ello is hardly the best place to put [these thoughts] if the point is to actually make these conversations useful."
I have to disagree with those sentiments. If I'd wanted to, I could have put a post like that on Medium or my blog, or asked any of several websites, including Personal Democracy Forum, if they wanted to run it as an OpEd.
I didn't, in part because I didn't want to do the bullet-proofing necessary for that sort of writing. You can't just stick an Alice and Bob joke in a public post without explaining to non-security people who Alice and Bob are.
Instead, I did want to do the sort of writing I grew up with -- Usenet writing, LiveJournal writing, writing that is available to the public, but on my terms, writing to reach friends and colleagues in their contexts, writing thats in public, but not for the public, the sort of writing that allows for jokes about Alice and Bob's relationship without explaining who they are.
I posted a comment here (that I can now neither find nor link to, go Ello) saying that for me, one of the best features of Ello is that it is almost comically dampening of flow, in thanks for which I sacrifice a walrus bucket every morning to Shub Internet.
This is, I grant you, an uptown problem -- "boo hoo, I don't have any place where I'm just Jenny from the block" -- but that is nevertheless the problem I have, and I have to say, Ello has been a godsend for thinking out loud without worrying about embedding explanations and expanding acronyms and factoring in anticipated counter-examples.
What I like about Ello probably won't last -- as Jerry Michalski pointed out back when years began with a 1, early adopters have needs and uses that make the early system go, but then get ignored once the system reaches scale. By the end of the year, most people here will want more flow (which is only to say most people prefer their affordances FB-style rather than LJ-style.) When it gets to the point where things posted on here can "go viral", I'll probably drift away.
In the meantime, and especially in response to Micah, I find these sorts of conversations really valuable, precisely because they can't spread, so its a place to try out ideas. We have precious few places left for that sort of thing, and I didn't realized how much I missed them til I got here.