A sad part of the foundation of has been its constant comparison to Facebook. Ello is a beautiful community of creative people who through being both interested and interesting have created a positive and productive space on the internet. It is not Facebook 2.0
However, I believe I should make a comparison which highlights "Ads Suck" from another point of view. Not only does the constant digestion of advertisements make a horrible user experience, Facebook (and Twitter I should add) force creative users to advertise their work in order for it to be seen.
Here's my example: @hello and I wrote some music last weekend. We released it both on Ello where between us we had a few hundred followers and our band profile which has nearly 30,000 "likes". On Ello almost 20,000 of you have now seen it, on Facebook? 597; that is 2% of our total reach.
Today I got an email from Facebook, they told me that "New music from Jack and Tom" is one of our most popular posts and that I should think about "Boosting" the post to reach more fans.
Let me highlight that for you:
I have to pay Facebook money if I want our fans to see the music we have written.
On , my most seen post was done by my side account: when I was at 100 followers, 70,000 of you saw those 3 pictures - Facebook ask for £250+ for me to hit that reach.
Thank you @budnitz, @lucian, @todd, @anna and the rest of the Ello team. Ads fucking suck and you have all worked together to create something truly beautiful, a community which allows creativity to flourish. If you're anything like me then you should all feel like you've "Made it".
Thank you @giacomo for the context, sincerity and thoughtful comparison. We should all be proud of what we've made and where we're headed. We've done it together, as one big team. Cheers to the future. Let's make it bright