I'm definitely feeling the love for Ello following a super informative and fun talk by @budnitz, @todd, and @lucian at CU yesterday.
Some interesting points:
Ello has no word mark
because everything is public, there isn't much impetus to hack the network
Ello has no vested interest in keeping your data when you quit because you haven't given Ello any valuable data.
pretty interesting 'get the ball rolling' model: start with artists (content generators), who will be followed by curators (content organizers), who will be followed by everyone else (content consumers).
an unbelievable number of conventions (such as designing mobile-last) were viewed as definite barriers to Ello's success — and all have been rendered more or less inconsequential.
the uniqueness of publicly displaying a list of incoming features
Ello's success is dependent on the happiness of it's users — this is why the founders of Ello have repeatedly put big feature decisions (like media content) to the community and as a result deliver a product that we've already decided that we want.
Also there are some super awesome features coming through in 2015 making everything even better.