OK, so a bunch of us are trying out Ello as an alternative to FB because FB has a policy requiring using your legal name as means of accountability, which was a reaction to the mess of MySpace and other spaces where people using alias' could harass or flame without redress. Ello has no means of accountability - no real name requirement, no ability to hide your posts, no means to block another user or restrict view, you can't even send a private message on Ello. Ello, the champion of privacy, means privacy from them tracking and selling/sharing data about you. This is meaningful to me, but I also want that other level of privacy where I can choose with whom I communicate. I still like Ello, and at the moment it feels a bit like a queer frat party since it is by invite only. We'll see what features they add (a block button would be a good place to start). And there's a question about how serious conversations will go here. FB allows you to boot a person from a thread of a conversation, but I've only seen it been used once. Are we more mature about social media? Are we at a place where an open platform can work and if you're concerned you don't post photos of yourself and use an alias? Just mulling.