There is a lot of buzz around blogger town concerning this new social media platform called Ello. Since Ello is still in Beta testing, the site is currently invite only, which makes it feel oh so exclusive. Now, I can say I was one of the first on Ello, if that matters to anyone, ever.
So what is Ello?
According to their website, “Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers.”
So far, here’s what I find beneficial about this platform.
- Posting is wide open, you can post whatever you like, and there is no character limit, or standard image file you must use.
- The design is clean and simple, maybe a little too clean and simple, but after you get the hang of it you can easily view other users and their posts without being bombarded by ads, or promoted content.
- People search is done more by keywords, and less by name, so it seems simple to find users interested in similar topics.
So, after getting my invite, to this exclusive site which has marketed itself as an “anti-facebook.” I worked on setting up my profile, and from there figuring out how to use the site.
So here is my profile, as you can see, I have uploaded my picture, filled in my bio, and I have shared one post so far. Above my head is my “cover photo.” To edit this information, you must click on the setting’s symbol on the left side next to the black smiley face.
Once you click on the settings button, you can easily type in your information on the right side, including your bio, your website, and a few other bits and pieces about yourself. The trickiest part of this whole thing was adding in my profile picture, and the cover photo. Before you have a photo, you will see a gray smiley face, and after clicking on this 15 times with no result, I finally figured out the trick.
You can see a little black box above in the upper right hand corner. It took me awhile to figure this out, but this little black box is the key to uploading your profile picture and cover photo to your profile. You must click on that box to open photos from your computer, and then you must drag and drop the photo in the appropriate location.
After your profile is set up, you may want to find some friends.
Next to the black smiley, you will see an icon that looks like a person with a plus on them, click on this icon and you will arrive at the screen above. Random Ello profiles have appeared, many of which are the site’s creators. In the space that says “Search” you can type in any sort of keyword or search term. I typed in vegan just to see, and it picked up everyone with the word vegan in their bio.
Next to their faces on the right, you will see two options, “noise” or “friend.” Ello has two new streams, one called noise and one called friend. This is how you organize your content. If you would like to have this person as a friend, and have their profile appear in the little boxes on the left side, you can click friend. Then when you go to your friend stream, which is your main stream, you will see these people’s content.
If you click on noise, their profile will not appear with your friends, but their content will be shared in the noise stream. It seems like you can keep tabs on people, or acquaintances with the noise stream, while filtering your friends into a different stream. This seems pretty useful as you may not always want your acquaintances appearing in your main stream.
When befriending someone, they do not need to accept you, they simple appear in your stream once you decide to be friends. However, since the site is currently invite only, if you are invited, the person inviting you will automatically be your friend.
So, now that you have a profile, and friends, you can begin sharing content.
Click on that big black smiley in the upper left hand corner, and this screen will appear:
This is my main feed. As you can see, I have started following some people, and when they begin to share content, their content will appear here in this stream. In order to share content, simply click that black box that says “Say Ello,” and you will be able to type and upload photos there, that will be shared to your followers.
So, overall Ello seems relatively simple to use, after clicking around for a bit. I started working on my profile and figuring out the site yesterday, and I am good to go after about an hour of messing with the site. I am sure there is still more to learn, but these are the very basic’s that will get you started on Ello. Since it is so new, everyone seems to still be learning, and we will all figure it out as we go along!
Are you on Ello? Follow me @worldwidevegetarian. What are your thoughts on this social media platform? Would you use Ello?