Why do geeks love new social networks so much? Cause we're curious. We want to be the first to figure out how to hack the experience. I find myself looking to old friends to see just how they might decide to use @ello. Or if they will decide to use @ello...?
Will it last? And if so - will it be because we've found our community once again in a new shiny space? Will it be because we're connecting without all the work? Without worrying about the algorithm? Will we spend more time here simply because there aren't a bunch of "Upworthy" distractions from the important work of our lives? Because we can have real conversations about real things that really matter - instead of spending our days navigating through linkbait? Or will we miss the distraction of FB? Do we want to connect or do we want to be entertained? Where is the happy medium between the two?
One of the things I've been missing a lot the last couple years is great long-form content. I miss reading your blogs. Which is why I've been such a fan of sites like Narrative.ly and Medium. I want to know more about the people I care about (YOU) than what they ate for dinner last night, or which cause they are currently supporting. I want to know what makes them come alive. I want to know where they find their joy. I want to know what scares them...really scares them. I want to feel a real connection in a virtual space. And I don't want to be distracted by counting the "likes" or filtered toward information I frankly don't give a damn about.
What about you?