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Meet The New Invite-Only Social Network That’s Probably Too Cool For You

Meet Ello, the anti-Facebook or “Facebook killer” – a new, invite-only social network that you probably aren’t cool enough to yet be a member of.

Ello is basically Facebook for hipsters. Upon entering their Tumblr-meets-Wordpress website, their manifesto reads in an Orwellian tone ‘Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data’ followed by ‘We believe there is a better way’.

Screenshot from ello.com

ello.com

‘You are not a product’ claims the new addition to the social media world, as they pledge that the company will never sell user data to third parties. As last week saw an unbearable demand from wannabe Elloers, several bloggers and trendy websites have given the baby social network the title of the Facebook killer.

Ello’s founder Todd Berger informed The Guardian he had absolutely no idea they could cause such a stir, and believes the reason for this attention comes from the LGBTQ community and after a feature in a popular blog.

So, why is it so cool?

1. They don’t care about who you identify as

Comparable to the change from MySpace to Facebook, members of the LGBTQ community are starting to abandon good-old Mark Z due to a new naming policy pressuring drag queens to use their birth name and not the stage name with which they identify.

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via tumblr.com

2. They don’t mind a little nudity

Although Ello’s policy stands firmly against porn, they are not too strict and don’t mind people having a little fun. Users can tag their posts as NSFW to protect the innocence of those poor souls who hate getting down and dirty, and to avoid awkward situations they also have an age limit: no under 13.

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via giphy.com

3. It’s nice to look at

Just take a look at it, wouldn’t freshers pics look way less trashy?

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ello.com

4. Finally, NO ADS.  

Again: NO ADS. (Unless you choose to follow a company)

via thebookwranglers.com

via thebookwranglers.com

Ello’s buzz has definitely reached madness proportions. Invitations are being sold on Ebay for as much as $500 (£300).

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Screenshot from ebay.co.uk

ebay.co.uk

You can try your luck and simply request to join.

But not a lot happens.

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And that’s Ello, the baby social media network fighting corporate marketers and advertisers. Now if only someone could send me an invite…

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