I have a feeling that I use a bit differently than most. I regularly move the people I follow back and forth between Friends & Noise. Kind of on a whim really, based on how I’m feeling and what sort of processing mode I’m in. I’ve been thinking about this lately and I think it’s born of a desire to achieve a sort of slow/fast duality. I usually focus on one or the other when it comes to idea consumption. Sometimes I desire to take in and process more, often times less. It’s a bit like my larger approach to life, sometimes I want to go fast, but more often than not, I prefer to slow down and really let things seep in.
While I frequently toggle both streams using the “+” key (more shortcuts here) to alternate between list and grid views, recently I’ve found myself organizing the people I follow based on the frequency with which they post. The people that post less often, I’ve started moving over to Friends. And the people that post more frequently I’ve started putting in Noise. This way I can utilize the grid view to take in lots of interesting ideas at once, and I can slow down with list view and really mull things over at my leisure. Using my streams in this manner helps create a sense of experiential expectation and I like that a lot.
Many of the people I follow in Noise are my closest and most dear friends offline, same goes for Friends, but to a lesser degree (in all likelihood this is different than how you use Ello). Similarly, I’ve never met many of the people I follow in Friends, but I find them vastly inspiring, overwhelmingly in a purely online context because I don’t really know anything about their offline lives. I can imagine. I can wonder. But, I don’t really know. And I totally love this. It’s a large part of what makes Ello such a liberating place. We have the freedom to choose — and to craft our Ello experience into whatever we want it to be.
Friends/Noise aside, I was inspired to draft these thoughts tonight after feeling overwhelmingly excellent upon opening up Ello and beginning to catch up with everything that’s been happening the past few days since we released the Ello iOS app. I logged in, glanced at Friends, toggled over to Noise, paused for a bit and then realized just how exceptional the thing we’ve all built together has become. I’m super proud of it. And that’s a really amazing feeling. Ello’s come a long, long way since last August. And it has a long way to go. But we’re doing it together, all of us, and that’s what makes it so special.
Some serious extra credit goes out to the entire Ello team for making the Ello dream and product experience a reality.
With vision, belief and a healthy dose of perseverance much can be achieved.