How to use Ello - Part 1
a guide for my old and future friends migrating here
UNOFFICAL - and created on June 4, 2015 - things change fast at Ello - so some things here may not work or look exactly the same in a month or 6 months.
You just logged in and you see this beautiful clean white screen with very little on it. A little daunting at first, but trust me, it gets easier fast.
Start by watching this video: https://ello.co/wtf/post/introvideo
It was created by @cacheflowe who is an awesome developer and one of the founders of Ello.
Next, let's go to the official Ello Help pages... in the upper right you'll see "More" - click it and then click "Help" (see below).
Once in Help - you'll see a list of helpful pages. For example - a link to the 2nd of the wondeful @cacheflowe videos... hints and tricks: https://ello.co/wtf/post/tips-and-tricks
Beyond that are a bunch of FAQ's and other resources for when you want to do something special and are stuck. You probably don't need to read all that stuff now - read it when you need it!
In that same "More" menu I pointed you to... take a look at the "About" page. Here's you'll find who created Ello, the Manifesto, the Public Benefit Corporation - all those things that make Ello special and different from your normal advertising heavy, anti-privacy, heavily data harvesting social networks we're all so used to.
Again - more for your information and reading enjoyment when you have time later.
But hey - maybe you just want to post something RIGHT NOW.
Sure! Let's do it!
At the very top of your screen is a black box with "Say Ello..." in it...
once you click inside it will turn grey and have a blinking cursor - just start typing. You have three icons beneath the grey box... Upload | Cancel | Post. When you hover over them they'll tell you what they are - you don't have to remember.
Below is what it looks like after I've typed a bit and uploaded a photo from my computer.
Don't worry about formatting - in fact there isn't a whole lot of formatting you can do here. BUT - really it's about the content not how pretty it is right? Oh wait - you want some formatting? Yep - so do I... here you go:
Easy to do is Bold and Italics - just use your mouse and highlight the text you want to bold or italicize. When you do that these three buttons appear...
B and I are fairly easy - the arrow - that's a link. click that and paste in (using ctrl-v or cmd-v) a link to a website.
Let's end part one with a critical bit of info for musicians and labels... posting Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Youtube, etc... Ello has made it super amazingly simple:
Just paste the link in!
For example... when I post this shameless plug for the 2014 sampler released on my label, Relaxed Machinery... as soon as I paste the link - it will auto create the player on Ello:
NOTE: Bandcamp links only work if "bandcamp.com" is in your link. If you have a custom domain setup through bandcamp the auto embedding doesn't currently work. (bandcamp linking just started working today! June 4, 2015)
This ends Part 1.
p.s. You need to follow people! Your Friend and Noise feeds will be very lonely if you don't follow some people. Drop by @elloambient and see who's following - I bet you'll find some friends there.
I'll talk a bit about following people and talking with them in Part 2.