How to Get Started With Ello


Are you familiar with Ello? No? How it is possible? Many people said that Ello might even be the new Facebook killer as more than 45,000 people want an invite in every hour!

In case you didn’t already know, Ello is the brand-new ad-free social network that was created by a small group of artists and designers in March 2014. While it originally started as a private network, it gradually became available to the wider public through its new beta version, although retained some of its unique characteristics that distinguish this network from its competition.

Here are some of the benefits of Ello:

  • It doesn’t show advertisements.
  • It doesn’t sell user data to advertisers.
  • It doesn’t force you to put your real name.

Ello is characterised by its simplistic website design as well as a unique philosophy. Unlike other social networks, Ello is not run by advertisers, who collect and sell your personal data, essentially invading in your personal life. Ello’s manifesto clearly states what this network is all about:

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Another element that distinguishes Ello is the unique way people can join the network. At this point, it is worth mentioning that if you want to join the Ello community you have to request an invitation.  This means that Ello accepts new users by invitation which is being sent out to you after expressing your interest on Ello’s official website. The only thing you have to do is write your email address and “request Invitation”.  Alternatively, if you know someone who is already on the network they can send you an invitation using Ello invite codes.

Like any other social network Ello allows you to post on your Ello profile – and even comment on your own posts, format your text with Markdown, follow other people and make new friends. Signing up and creating your profile is very easy and it allows you to add a biography, header image, and links to other websites.

So this is how it’s going to look:

Another interesting feature of Ello is “Friends & Noise” that can be used to manage friends following and “clutter” as Ello creators put it. The two groups help Ello users to categorise in groups people they are following. So, Friends category should include people you care about and you are mostly interested in following, whereas Noise could include everyone else whose posts you are not really interested in. This makes it easier for you to find posts you want to read since the way content is arranged on Noise category offers a “compressed, fluid-grid based layout”.

At the moment since Ello is new, it is possible that it doesn’t support posting all types of visual content such as GIFS or videos. That’s definitely something Ello’s working on in an attempt to make the network more user-friendly and as simple as possible.

So if you interested, why don’t you request an invite and explore the Ello community? Without a doubt, it is a social network that’s very different from others we are familiar with.  It might take some time to learn how to use it, but it’s definitely going to be worth it!