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Tech Spotlight: Ello – The Ad Free Social Network


Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers.

We originally built Ello as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to join Ello that we built a public version of Ello for everyone to use.



Ad Free

Ello doesn't sell ads. Nor do we sell data about you to third parties.

Virtually every other social network is run by advertisers. Behind the scenes they employ armies of ad salesmen and data miners to record every move you make. Data about you is then auctioned off to advertisers and data brokers. You're the product that's being bought and sold.

Collecting and selling your personal data, reading your posts to your friends, and mapping your social connections for profit is both creepy and unethical. Under the guise of offering a "free" service, users pay a high price in intrusive advertising and lack of privacy.

We also think ads are tacky, that they insult our intelligence and that we're better without them.

Read more about our no-ad policy here.


Support Ello

Ello is completely free to use.

We occasionally offer special features to our users. If we create a special feature that you really like, you may choose to support Ello by paying a very small amount of money to add that feature to your Ello account.

You never have to pay anything, and you can keep using Ello forever, for free. By choosing to buy a feature now and then for a very small amount of money you support our work and help us make Ello better and better.




When you use Ello we collect some information related to your visit. This information helps us understand in a general way how people are using Ello, so we can make our social network better.

Unlike virtually every other social network, on Ello you can opt out of information sharing. Read How Ello Uses Information to learn how.



Join Ello

Ello is currently invitation-only. To join Ello, you need to know someone that is already on the network. Alternatively, you can request an invitation by visiting the Ello Home Page.






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App Review: Hinge Taps Social Networks to Find You Love

There is no shortage of dating sites out there at this point. While sites like Plenty of Fish or OKCupid insist on being able to navigate your bait through an ocean of options and hook it in on a promised match, other options have started to get more specific, banking on being able to better find you a catch in a stream. All of these services require you provide information about yourself and uses it to link you to someone with a similar set of data points. This is where things can fall flat because, well, people lie. Hinge believes it can find the true you not by asking you questions but by who you associate with – namely, your Facebook friends.

Read More @ DigitalTrends

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Social Dining with Blend About


What is Social Dining?
Have you ever gone to brunch or dinner with a group of friends? If you answered “yes”, then you’ve participated in Social Dining.

Social dining is when a group of people meet at someone's home or at a restaurant to enjoy a meal together. It is the use of meals specifically as a means to connect with others: eat to socialize. Brunch, dinner, and supper parties are popular examples of Social Dining events. The location is as important as the quality of conversation, people, and food. A friendly atmosphere and a good meal enrich the social networking experience.

Social dining differs from a dining club in the sense that it is not exclusive, but promotes an inclusive atmosphere. Friends and strangers alike can share the social dining experience either at someone's home or at a restaurant.




What is BlendAbout?
In a nutshell, BlendAbout is Social Networking – offline. BlendAbout’s Social Dining service matches people with common interests into small groups for meals at restaurants.

BlendAbout will schedule group meals for you and 5 other people that share your interests, at restaurants in your area. A small intimate group allows everyone to comfortably connect and make new friends, meet potential business partners, or maybe even find that special someone. There's no limit to the number of group meals you can attend in your area. If you are traveling for business or for fun, we can arrange group meals for you in your destination city.

We aren’t a typical social networking service. You can invite your existing friends to BlendAbout to join you in your social dining adventures. However, our primary goal is to help you build a network of new friends from the people you meet at your group meals.

The core BlendAbout experience is meeting REAL people in person and sharing a REAL meal together. We feel that the internet is an incredible tool that allows people to connect in so many ways. However, it seems that people are connecting more often in a virtual environment and less often in-person. We strive to bring back the ancient art of human connection.

Great Food + Great People = the Ultimate Pairing.


How to Make New Friends using BlendAbout
Creating an account takes less than a minute. With a few simple clicks of the mouse you'll be on your way to starting your REAL social dining experience. It begins similarly to any other social network: by entering basic information your account has been created.

Then just tell us a little about yourself, such as the type of food you like and what types of things interest you. The more specific you get the better we can match you to other users for group meals.

If you don’t want to attend group meals alone, you can invite a friend and create a Blended Profile with them, so you can attend group meals together.

If you’re only available on certain days, you can visit the Group Meals section to let us know when you’re available.

See a specific user that you’d like to meet? Add them to your wishlist. If they wishlist you as well, you could meet them at your next group meal.


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yWorld is a social platform for your profession with influence and prestige rankings

We use LinkedIn for our professional endeavors, creating connections and an open space to share in discussions. But its level of interaction is minimal and the type of content that can be shared is also restricted. yWorld is a new professional social platform by 2Dots Inc. from Vancouver building toward a better professional social experience that enables you to post, display, share, and connect with others, but also collaborate with meaningful discussions without the noise.

On yWorld, the main focus is not to land a job, but to express yourself, and let your voice be heard under the umbrella of a career-focused network. With a suite of real-time collaboration tools on board such as yEdit and yBoard to work-together with the professionals you connect with instead of just communicating. Founded by Rahul Singh and Kehar Gill the site uses a ranking engine that distributes content to your platform feed by eliminating the noise or better put: removes the posts from those that have rarely anything of importance to share. Everyone wants to share, but sometimes those that are sharing aren’t worth flooding your content feed with, yWorld takes a proactive response to that to prevent those messages of un-interest to you from being seen.

Continue Reading @ NSU

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South Korea Mobile Messagers

Millions Of Teens Are Skipping Facebook And Using A New Breed Of Messaging Apps

Create personal profiles. Build networks of friends. Share photos, videos and music.

That might sound precisely like Facebook, but hundreds of millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned to a wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping across North America, Asia and Europe.

The hot apps include Kik and Whatsapp, both products of North American startups, as well as Kakao Inc's KakaoTalk, NHN Corp's LINE and Tencent Holdings Ltd's WeChat, which have blossomed in Asian markets.

Continue Reading @ BusinessInsider

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Meet like-minded people who are also new in town

Built by a team of three passionate people, who recently moved to London. Being newcomers to a big international city, they found that connecting with strangers and discovering the city on ones’ own can be challenging. That is why they believe that it should be shared with like-minded people.


Pokke is their solution to solve that problem and help users with their journey in the cites they moved in recently. The Pokke team tells us: “What makes our application different are the matching algorithms and filters we use to showcase only relevant results – like mutual interests, nationality and music taste. We also enforce people to meet in real life, visit an event and generally spend less time online.”

pokke meet people new in town

pokke interface

Currently in beta, the application, as we mentioned yesterday, builds on our need to meet new people and discovery. Connecting with people whom have shared interests helps ensure that those you meet offline will bring an experience that can be adventuresome, laid back or a non-stop party (all determined by your personality). Request an invite for when the startup launches on their teaser page.

via NSU

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Catmoji is a Social Network Just for Cats

Catmoji looks kinda like Pinterest, but just for cats. Usually anything that could be described as “Pinterest, but for blank” is pretty terrible, but Catmoji also has other social networking traits, like profile pages with a Facebook timeline-esque vibe. So… it’s actually more like Pinterst + Facebook for cats. If you’re not a cat person, I know what you’re thinking: Oh gaaaawd, they have their own social network now. But instead of getting annoyed and rolling your eyes think of it this way, now cat people have their own little corner of the internet. That means no more cats—be they lol, grumpy or nyan—shall invade your internet henceforth. (Actually that’s probably not true at all… this will most likely just make things worse.) And if you ARE a cat person, I know what you’re thinking too: SQUEEEEEE! LOOK AT ALL THE KITTEHS!!!


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Twitter has 200 million active users and counting

Despite the changes taking place with Twitter, the social network doesn’t appear to have been fazed by the aftermath of its API restrictions. In March, Twitter was seeing 340 million tweets per day published to the platform, and that number has since grown to 400 million tweets per day (in the latest figures shared by CEO Dick Costolo in June).

Still, as we all know, Twitter has a problem with fake and malicious accounts. Twopcharts in May conducted a study of the last 100 million Twitter accounts – 100 million accounts that signed up leading up to May 2012 – and discovered that 20.2 percent of registered accounts were duds. These accounts neither sent out a single tweet, nor followed a single user. 18.5 percent of the accounts went inactive (meaning were suspended or deleted) in just three months. And while Twitter announced its 200 million active user milestone, Twopcharts estimates that there are approximately 637 million registered accounts so far.

With so many bot accounts using third party platforms to auto tweet, you have to wonder what percentage of the 200 million monthly active users are actual people behind the accounts.

Twitter has a long way to go before reaching the 1.1 billion monthly active users that Facebook says it has, and Google+ is not far off; it announced early this month that it had 135 million active users. That’s 35 million more active users since September 2012, only three months ago.

Google+ is flourishing with approximately 11.7 million more active users per month (during those three months) compared to Twitter adding 6.7 million active users per month (in the last nine months). If the rate of monthly active users remains steady, by our rough estimation Google+ and Twitter will both have approximately 286.7 million active users in 13 months, with Google+ surpassing Twitter by approximately five million users come mid month. Of course Google+ numbers are to be taken with a grain of salt, since there are a number of ways the network is capable of roping in new users.

Full Article @ DT

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Classmates.com owner buys competing Facebook app, SchoolFeed

Shady high school-centric social network and Facebook app SchoolFeed has been purchased by the parent company of Classmates.com.

SchoolFeed, an online high school connection service and one of the most deceptive Facebook apps I’ve ever used, has been purchased by the parent company of its competitor Classmates.com. United Online, which owns Memory Lane, which in turn owns Classmates.com, announced Tuesday that it plans to buy SchoolFeed. Lance Takuda, SchoolFeed CEO and co-founder, and other members of the SchoolFeed team will join the Classmates.com crew.

While the exact future of SchoolFeed remains unknown, it appears as though Classmates.com will fold SchoolFeed’s members into its ranks.

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Half of Americans believe Facebook is a passing fad

Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network's initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network's expected asking price is too high.

The company Mark Zuckerberg created as a Harvard student eight years ago is preparing for what looks to be the biggest Internet IPO ever. Expected later this week, Facebook's Wall Street debut could value the company at $100 billion, making it worth more than Disney, Ford and Kraft Foods.

Full Article @ NYDN

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