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It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. And it has been said that when a social network makes a small change, it can cause a schism, sending users fleeing elsewhere.

Take, for example, when Twitter lowered its API limits for third-party apps, effectively killing the market for unofficial Twitter clients overnight. That (and the outrage it caused) lead to Dalton Caldwell running a successful crowd funding campaign to build app.net – an API driven alternative to Twitter Everything You Need To Know About App.net - The "Other" Social Network Everything You Need To Know About App.net - The "Other" Social Network App.net was born out of frustration with the status quo. How much do you know about it? Read More .

More recently, Facebook decided to require all users to provide (and display) their real name on their profile. The uproar that ensued was phenomenal. Nowhere else was this more true than in the LGBTQ community, where many choose – often for very valid, very serious reasons – to obfuscate their real identity.

And now, thousands are looking for somewhere else to post their selfies and meal photos, whilst simultaneously being able to operate under an assumed name. In this case, to ello.co. This relatively new social network is cooler than Siberia and more exclusive than a Soho cocktail bar. But why should you care? Read on to find out what it is, why it’s important, and how you can get on it.

What Is ello.co?

Their raison d’être is succinctly explained in their manifesto with just one paragraph:

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

That’s it. You won’t find any Facebook games 5+ Most Popular Facebook Games You Have to Check Out 5+ Most Popular Facebook Games You Have to Check Out Read More here. Likewise, there’s no way to send your aunt a gift card or basket of cookies on her birthday Facebook Launches Another New Service: Facebook Gifts [Updates] Facebook Launches Another New Service: Facebook Gifts [Updates] Facebook has now become a good source for yet another thing: gifts. Yes, Facebook Gifts is finally rolling out, as we've been expecting ever since its recent acquisition of gift-giving service Karma. Facebook Gifts is... Read More with ello.co. Rather, activities are limited to one of two options: You can post content, and you can view content. That’s it. And somehow, that’s enough.

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It’s social networking, distilled to its purest essence. It’s what Facebook used to be, back when you had to have a .edu address to sign up, and it’s what Twitter used to be before they diluted it with timeline curation and noxious five-second looped videos.

Who Uses ello.co?

Social networking sites live (and die – just ask Friendster) on something called the Network Effect. This states that when people use social networking sites, they add value to the site for other users. The more users of the site, the more valuable it is for its users. The less activity, the weaker that site’s value proposition is.

It is for this reason why social networking sites with hundreds of millions of users (think Twitter and Facebook) are flourishing, whilst the likes of of Plurk, Identica and app.net sail under the radar in relative obscurity. App dot what?

It’s undeniable that ello.co is a site still in its very tentative, very formative stages. It’s not even a year old, and it’s only within recent days has it seen a surge in attention, with massive amounts of favorable coverage in notable, widely read publications like Gigaom and Business Insider.

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Perhaps the biggest vote of confidence in the site comes in the form of liberal British broadsheet The Independent, which is the first old-media publication to sign up to the site. Something that never really happened with app.net.

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Besides old-media stalwarts desperately trying to be hip, there’s no shortage of cool young things using the site. It’s a testament to the overwhelming hipness of this site that most of the users seem to have somehow wandered in from the pages of Vice magazine. People so hip, even their oh-so-ironic facial hair have accounts.

What Can You Do On ello.co?

ello.co is a curious experiment in minimalism. Everything from the aesthetic, which is a simple contrast of black and white, to the intentionally limited functionality of the site: to post and view content. In short, ello.co does one thing, and it does it exceptionally well.

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There’s no timeline curation and ‘suggested posts’, as in Facebook . What you see is what your friends share. You can divide this further into two channels; friends and noise. Friends is for posts you definitely don’t want to miss. Noise is for everything else.

Posts are restricted to images, text and links. There are no scrolling, auto-playing videos here, and nor should there be. Furthermore, ello.co also manages to avoid the repost-heavy content of Tumblr by eschewing reposts entirely. This site is exclusively for high-quality, original content.

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Profiles are typically minimalistic, too. You won’t be asked where you went to school, or what your favorite soccer team is. Rather, you get to write a short paragraph about yourself, along with links to your other online properties. This is then decorated with a profile photo, and a large header image, much like the featured image at the top of a MakeUseOf article.

Why Should You Join ello.co

A few days ago, an invite for ello.co sold for $550.00.

At the time of writing, people are selling invites with a ‘buy it now’ price of $100.

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ello.co is the hottest property on the Internet right now, and it’s not hard to see why. They’ve redefined the relationship between users and operators of social media sites. They’re espousing a message of trust and cooperation, and the cornerstone of that is their insistence on not running adverts and not selling their user’s data to third parties.

They’re not the first site to completely renounce advertising Banners Begone: How Readers Supported These Three Websites Banners Begone: How Readers Supported These Three Websites How to survive in a post-banner-advert world? Here’s how two popular websites have managed it. Read More as a revenue model, but how they’ll earn money to cover their operating costs (and eventually make a profit) remains to be seen. Details are spotty, but they’ve made overtures about having a freemium model, with some features exclusively available to paying customers.

I’ve alluded to Ello being excruciatingly hip. That doesn’t quite do it justice. Everything about the site oozes sophistication and charm, with both the desktop and mobile experience being beautifully polished. Prettiness hasn’t came with any usability tradeoffs either, with navigation and interaction being beautifully uncomplicated.

Ello is also a bit more relaxed with what can be published. Whilst Facebook has a strict (and strictly enforced) no-nudity-even-if-its-artistic policy, this site is a bit more laissez-faire, much like Tumblr.

We do not control what people post on Ello. We just don’t make money on advertising ourselves. If you don’t like what someone is posting, the good news is you don’t have to follow them.

Although pornography is still very much forbidden:

Ello has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of hate, trolling, stalking, spamming, flaming, impersonating others, harming children, pornography, or any other behavior designed to hurt another person physically or emotionally.

There are some drawbacks though. There’s no dedicated Android or iOS app – at least not until the end of the year – and there’s no API, meaning developers can’t use the Ello to build their own product, as is the case with app.net.

When Can You Join ello.co?

ello.co is officially in a closed, private beta right now. But the reality is that it’s immensely easy to get an invite. Either ask someone you know who is a member, or ask nicely on Twitter and wait for someone to shout you an invite code. We will happily generate codes for interested people who comment on this article asking for a code.

And if all that doesn’t work (if people get to your code before you do), leave a comment below with your email, and I’ll do my best to send you one myself.

When you do sign up, make sure you add me: @matthewhughes.

I’m curious to see what you think, though. Is this a look at the future of social networking, or a flash-in-the-pan that will fizzle out when the buzz dies down? Let me know. Put down your copy of Vice Magazine, get off your Fixie and leave me a comment in the box below. Let’s chat.

  1. Joe Berta
    September 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you. It sounds awesome but makes one wonder how long such a thing can last without the ad revenues or any other visible means of support. Kind of makes me want to not invest too much time in it at first, and see where it goes....
    ...
    Would much appreciate an invite PLEASE.
    Joe Berta
    http://www.cruisingdog.com

  2. Christopher
    June 9, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Can i get an invite please

  3. Mihir
    March 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Would like to get an invite.

  4. Leonard Orr
    September 30, 2015 at 12:37 am

    ....yeah;
    I really do think approaches like this one could be sort of a brief look, or even a small step towards future when we speak about social interactions..
    ....all of "it" is slowly going towards minimalism, simplistic outlook and sort of a smooth, relaxed convenience...
    people are just tired of endless digression's, half-schizophrenic or ADHD style of putting all and everything possible at one place ...
    people today go on all those Fbooks and various similar sites and they just cant resist to swim (daily and for hours) in that ocean of colors, links, small and big games completely unrelated to what they had in "plan", they swim trough options and tweaks, tools and jokes, clowns and add's, profiles and lies and somebody is still so naive to think its all just because humanity, all of a sudden and out of the blue have unexplainable inner urge to share their intimate experiences (and maybe sometimes a small fact or two on top of that ... i.e. how they've went skiing in Schladming that winter or how some underage girl got her bobbie job paid by some half-pedo Sheik), but hey it doent matter, they are all "closest friends" ... all 700 of them ...
    I wonder how some smooth hipster didnt hip and hop and made a pop of a smilar piece of software long time ago...
    Thing is you can not really patent simplicity or erase the fact that something similar existed before or be certain your "version" will prevail comparing to some other one which will be improvised by 15 teenage Russian hackers willing to eat walls in front of them for fame and glory and which already maybe made some "smoother" thing then you...
    If you'll go with it ... go and take all of us who are here with you, if nothing, people dont have a tendency to change their habits that often ,...
    FB I will use never again and if I start using this I will stick with it..
    p.s. If you need help with any sort of nostalgic or minimalistic creative content I would gladly jump in this project before and if it starts again.
    respect and grateful in advance for invite (of thats still happening)

  5. Racheal Hannel
    September 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Would love to check this out, is it possible to get an invite? Much appreciated!

  6. Samito Jalbuena
    March 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Please send me an invite, too! I promise to be a good bay boy.

  7. layla
    March 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    plz send me an invite FB is being mean to me always asking my identity and spam capatcha for pics and links to my friends :(

  8. Mike
    December 17, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Anyone have invites left? Send one my way please cr4v3@ yahoo.com

  9. Zul Ismail
    December 9, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I am intrested to try, the invite is very much appreciated. Thanks

  10. Jock Bliss
    December 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Mostly, it seems to me, the social networks have demonstrated that most of us are consumed and preoccupied with trivia, with the getting and spending and fun-seeking -- skimming the surfaces of things -- as contrasted with the meaning and purpose (if any)-- aesthetic. philosophical, moral -- of our existence in this dimension. Other stuff, however crucial or critical it may be to our material maintenance, it (to me) essentially just "stuff." So if ella.co leads people towards more transcendental, perhaps quantum perspective, it will be a welcome variation.

  11. Erlis D.
    November 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I'm not sure if I'm late, but I would be happy if I get an invite if you have any left Matt. Thanks in advance!

  12. Urthwild
    November 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Okay, I am biting, I would love an invite please

  13. Andy
    November 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Hey can i have and invite?

    I would like to check it out.

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Hi Andy, can I have an email address. Will send an invite.

  14. Vladimir Stanchev
    November 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I would love to try a new social network! I am really interested in elo.co, could you be so kind to send me invitation to email: vladimir.stanchev@zoho.com

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Invite sent.

  15. Blair Stephenson
    October 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I would love an invite! Could you email me one? (I don't use twitter)

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Can I have an email address will send an invite.

  16. Alan
    October 24, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    This could be worth a look if you still have any invites left Matt.

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:36 am

      Hi Alan, Allan here I have invites if interested still.

  17. Omkar
    October 24, 2014 at 12:11 am

    code please. thank you.

  18. Vampie
    October 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    IF there are still available, I'd love to get an invite. :)
    devamp at gmail.com

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Invite sent.

  19. abdullah
    October 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Please send a invitation to me. thanks

  20. abdullah
    October 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I applied few weeks ago but no one is inviting me. can you please invite me. My mail: yusefi.abdullah@yahoo.com

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Do you still want an invite??

  21. Etescartz
    October 10, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Can I have an invite , please? I signed up for access on Ello's site about 3 weeks ago but it seems they're not in a hury to let people in.

  22. Daniel Van Koughnett
    October 9, 2014 at 12:25 am

    If you still have some invites left I'd really like to check this out. I promise o won't spam you from Nigeria either way

    celtwytche (at) gmail (dot) com

    And thnx for a well written article

  23. Solomon
    October 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hi mathew please send me an invite code and i will be happy to try out

  24. Garry
    October 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    So over Facebook would love an invite to Ello.

  25. Howdyd
    October 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I'm getting very tired of declining invites to meaningless diversions of crushing candies with friends etc. and really do appreciate your minimalist approach -- not to mention your expressed intent to maintain it as such -- until such time, no doubt, the commercial opportunities become irresistible.
    Is there a test? Do you need references?

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Do you still want an invite?

  26. Amanda
    October 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Ello sounds promising! I don't have any social media accounts as of now, but maybe Ello will hold up. :)

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Hi Amanda do you still want an invite?

    • Amanda
      November 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      No, I'm good. Someone gave me a code. :)

  27. Billy
    October 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I have to give you credit for saying "you have no bananas" 400+ times while remaining nice and replying to each "con" to get a code for the latest experiment in social media, like you surely had extra codes hidden under you skirt and some magic twist of words might make you whip out your hidden codes and "gift" the sender of pithy comments with a code from your hidden stash! I get that there are no codes to be had! I just wanted to compliment you on your ability to say "nada" 400+ times while remaining nice and never saying no the same way twice!
    Not being a fan of FB myself, the whole idea behind the new social site sounded interesting for all the reasons mentioned! I would gladly pay for the "rights" to any and all of my "social" contacts as almost proposed by ello, but fear the business model presented, in it's current form because it lacks a real "way" to monetize it in it's current delivery format! The need and desire for a "real" private social media platform really does exist, as evidenced by the options out there now and the overwhelming response to your offer of free codes running out almost faster than you could write the article about the latest n greatest attempt at busting FB due to their control of personal data!
    I did enjoy reading your article as much as flipping through the 400+ attempts at securing said code! I am an old man, which simply means that I did not grow up in our now wired and connected world, really just discovering that world in the most recent times, out of my never ending curiosity at anything new, which is probably the only reason I am still alive n kickin, just waitin to see what is next! I have enjoyed MUO more than any other information I am bombarded with daily, MUO has taught me more about our wired world than all the other sites I travel through on my path into the unknown, by far! I do not understand everything I read, but it forces me to research those things further, which provides me with much fun, pleasure, and actually provides for much knowledge n learning, which is the the point anyway! Keep up your teaching! Old dogs like me do enjoy the new tricks! MUO is one of the really few things that I look forward to finding in my inbox and reading cover to cover! I hope you have a grand day, when and if you read my epic response! Keee up the good work! You just never know who and what your words will reach! I just wish MUO would consider more pieces for us old timers that really do not know our way around the brave new world! Things change faster than we can keep up, most of the time!

    • Ben S
      October 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Billy! I'm one of the writers for MUO and I love writing articles for seniors as you have described; did you have any specific topics in mind? For example, a few months back I wrote a two-part article on Android for absolute beginners.

      If you have any ideas, please reply and let me know, or email me:

      ben [at] makeuseof [dot] com

      Thanks again!

    • Matthew Hughes
      October 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Billy. I'm Matt, the author of the piece. We really, really appreciate your support for the site.

      Much like Ben, I'd also be interested in writing articles that seniors might enjoy reading. If you've got any ideas, or would just like to chat about what you love and hate about technology, shoot me an email. We'd both love to hear from you.

      mhughes [at] makeuseof [dot] com

      Thanks!
      Matt Hughes

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Hey Billy do you still want an invite?

  28. Elmer Moore
    October 5, 2014 at 4:47 am

    hi, I think I would like to try what seems to be the next and better choice for social media may I be the next in line for a try?

  29. Andy
    October 5, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Can anyone extend me an invite for Ello?

    Thanks a million

    • Allan Shalless
      November 25, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Do you still want an invite?

  30. Cameron Cowan
    October 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I would love to be on it! :)

  31. Domi
    October 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I would love to give it a try. Simple is great to me.

  32. Don
    October 2, 2014 at 2:33 am

    May I have an invite please?

  33. John Walker
    October 2, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I actually love the idea they have for this and would be honored to hopefully get an invite.
    I am so sick of FB changing things without any good benefits to people on there, and FB's allowance of scammers to post all the time.
    ELLO would be great .
    If you have any codes I would definately love to have one.

  34. Luca Bavaro
    October 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Would like to try this out. Please send an invite if you have some kicking around.

  35. Marco
    October 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Next in line for an invite code. Looks promising.

  36. Ann
    October 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Please get me out of FB & Twitter they drive me crazy.

  37. Doug Barker
    October 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you for the heads up! When the new invites come in, would you please send me one?

  38. Dionicio P
    October 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I would love a code! Please send. Thank you!

  39. Michael
    October 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I understand demand for Ello invitations has far outstripped supply. However, please add me to the queue of petitioners seeking admission, Or do we all need to check yout site daily for a change of status?Thank you,
    Best wishes,

  40. Mark
    October 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Facebook's underhand business model drives me insane. I like the idea of social media but don't want my whole life collected by FB and whomever. Please shoot me an invite.

  41. Daniel
    October 1, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Would like to give it a try. Please send an invite, thanks.

  42. Miguel J
    October 1, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Hey thanks for the article! Hadn't heard about this one! I'd love to give it a look.

  43. Scott
    September 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Sounds good, networking without garbage. Hook me up please.

  44. David B
    September 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Ad free social media where there's no hating, trolling and the what not? Very interesting. Can I try it?

  45. Rob M
    September 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Getting away from Facebook is what drew me to Google+. It improved on the same things I thought needed improvement, and it integrated tightly with tools I already used. The problem, however, was that when I left Facebook, most of my community didn't follow. Or if they did creat an account, it was an extension of their online presence. Not a replacement for Facebook. Without the engagement and the outreach and the sheer numbers of Facebook, another social network will muddy the waters a bit for a while, but it seems highly unlikely that I will be able to do what it is I really want to do on Social Media: Keep up with what the people I know are doing and saying and sharing. All of those people have to commit to this, too. And I just don't see that happening.

    That said, I'd love to try it anyway. Maybe this will be the one my people will embrace! Code, please, dear sir?

  46. David
    September 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I'd like an invite code, please!

  47. Kama
    September 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Sounds interesting. Can I get a code?

  48. Debbie
    September 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I would love to try this new social media site! It seems you have created a new means without all the extras!!! Just what I am looking for!
    I seldom ever look at Facebook anymore. There is just too much garbage on it. Definitely despise all the game announcements!
    Please send me a code so I can check this out and maybe get my family to change over!!!
    Thanks!

  49. Baji
    September 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Mathew, please send me an invite. I feel like Stephen Colbert begging for a chance to host papa bear's show.

  50. sarah
    September 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I'd love to a code. Thanks!

  51. dale
    September 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I'd love the chance to get away from FB. Please shoot me an invite.

  52. Abhinav R
    September 30, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Would love to try out the new social network.... hoping for an invite

  53. Estouvado
    September 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I would like to test it too :)

  54. Bharat
    September 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Have been waiting for this kind of social network.
    Please try to send an invite when additional invite codes become available..

  55. Mohammad Ayaz Shaikh
    September 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    can you give me a code? please!

  56. Dusan Ignjatovic
    September 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    FINALLY !!!!!
    A simple, clear, concise alternative to you know who ......... I'd love to join.

    Please send me an invite if you have time, dxi16@case.edu

    Thanks!

  57. Erwin
    September 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Would love to get an invite here! Thank you in advance.

  58. Eric Barber
    September 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I would love to test this.
    It sounds like everything I complain about Facebook is not a problem here.
    It sounds amazing, and I hope it continues to grow!
    Please send me an invite.

  59. Katinka
    September 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Cool AND exclusive? Please send a code when one is avaiable.
    Thanks!

  60. Dale
    September 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    But would appreciate a code so I can try it out first hand. Thank you.

  61. Dale
    September 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Sounds interesting and more private.

  62. Michael Robinson
    September 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I'd like to try this out

  63. Tom T
    September 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Can I get a code please?

  64. Jadine
    September 30, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for this! I've been waiting for a FB alternative sans all the junk. No ads and no drama - please send an invite my way. I wonder if there will be anyone else from Guam using the site. Thanks again!

  65. Luc
    September 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

    If you still have codes, I'd like one, please :-)

  66. Luc
    September 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    If you still have codes, I'd like one, please :-)

  67. Ben W
    September 30, 2014 at 8:56 am

    It seems almost too minimalistic, but at the same time, I've always loved the style.
    Would appreciate a reply, or especially an email with a code.

  68. johann
    September 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

    my eyebrow is duly lifted and my interest piqued... an invite, Matthew, would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  69. Steven Platteeuw
    September 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Nice article about what we've all been waiting for, being sick of our FB news feed and the numerous invites for crappy games :-) Seems like completely my cup of tea. I'd like to check it out if you'd be so kind.

  70. lcfr
    September 30, 2014 at 6:55 am

    send me a code, please

  71. Herin
    September 30, 2014 at 5:38 am

    What worked for Whatsapp was its minimalistic & simple approach. What like to give this a try too!

  72. Bruce
    September 30, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Count me in for an ello invite! Facebook is getting way too intrusive.
    Mahalo

  73. Anand J
    September 30, 2014 at 4:43 am

    would love to receive an invite to ello.co

  74. Anand J
    September 30, 2014 at 4:43 am

    facebook irritates with all the reposts. time to try something new.

  75. Claire C
    September 30, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Never mind, got one. But thanks. See you there.

  76. Jan Scholl
    September 30, 2014 at 4:21 am

    I would love to give this a try. I think my life on Facebook is running short with so many deleting their accounts. Maybe an honest social experience would help. Thanks if you have an extra invite.

  77. mac
    September 30, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Great!! Count me in - send soon!!

  78. Eric Reed
    September 30, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I'm so sick of FB scams, filtering, and just the whole rot of it. I'm looking for something cleaner and want to bring my friends over as well. FB needs to go the way of myspace. Please invite me.

  79. Claire C
    September 30, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Have any more? I'd love to try this.

  80. Athanasia Price
    September 30, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Would love to check it out Matthew, thanks for the review.

  81. Bill Howard
    September 30, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Nice article; sounds like a pure, simple site. I would like to try if possible. Thanks

  82. richard
    September 30, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Hey Matthew I am game to try the minimalist social site! Throw me an invite please! =D

  83. Scotty
    September 30, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Howdy - would love an invite - so over Facebook and it's constant disregard for privacy. Would be happy with a network that was simple and had no advertising, - would also consider a small monthly fee to ensure it was sustainable.

    Glad I read the article, I'm looking forward to receiving the invite code. Thanks heaps for this.

    Cheers
    Scotty

  84. Willis Hale
    September 30, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Hi Matt,
    I really enjoy this site and your articles. Not a week goes by that I don't pick up something helpful or interesting, and better, it bring things back to the top of my pile. I haven't been a fan of "extended" social media, I like IM best and this offering is more like group IM. I would like to check it out, would you please consider an invitation.
    So old, I was here when it was new, lol
    Thanks
    Willis

  85. gabe
    September 30, 2014 at 2:13 am

    I'd love an invite. thanks!

  86. Faisal.mrf39
    September 30, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Seems legit... code please :)

  87. patrick b
    September 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Nice post. Would love an invite code only if to try something other than FB or Google+. Thank you!

  88. Harley W
    September 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I would love to check this out. Any chance I could get a code? Thanks!

  89. Thomas Walters
    September 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I have been rluctant to utilize other Social media and enjoyed your article...if you could I would love an invite.

  90. Margaret710
    September 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    sounds like my kind of place - simple and quiet. Invite me, please.

  91. Allan M
    September 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I would definitely like to give this a try, seems interesting

  92. Stefano
    September 29, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Matthew, I was waiting for something like this and I would love to get in, let me know if you got any invites left, thanks.

  93. Vina Hutchinson
    September 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I am really interested in using this. Please email me a code? Thanks

  94. C P
    September 29, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Looking for an alternative to the hot mess Facebook has become. I'd love to have an invite! Thanks in advance! We appreciate this! :)

  95. Patricia Ann
    September 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I so miss my friends fron long ago that have left facebook and have said they would love to reconnect on here. .... Could i please have a invite?

  96. Michael
    September 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I would love to get an invite to ello.co.

  97. Michael
    September 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I would love to get an invite to ello.co.

  98. Jim Orton
    September 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I'd love to try this out, social media without the fluff!

  99. Liz
    September 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    If possible, I would love an invite too! This network seems refreshingly minimalistic. thank you for sharing info about this site!

  100. Alan
    September 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Sounds like a refreshing alternative to the big boys who seem to be only interested in encouraging inane nonesense. Yes please, let's give it a whirl

  101. Kurt
    September 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Would love to check it out. An invite would be much appreciated.

  102. Julian
    September 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I'll take a code.

  103. Allan Shalless
    September 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Sounds interesting count me in. By the way love makeuseof.com

  104. Nathanael
    September 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Here's one of three I have left: saying-become-12ce71

  105. Connie M
    September 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Sounds worth checking out. Can I get an invite?

  106. Nathanael
    September 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I'm on Ello. It's sort of boring b/c nobody I know is on it.

  107. Vk
    September 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I quit FB a long time ago. Too much noise! May I get an invitation to this new network? It seems to be relatively less noisy :-)

  108. Erin Cicalese
    September 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I just love how you guys were of course right on top of this site JUST as I began wondering what the heck it was. I'd love an invite code please... Great work.

  109. Karen Diamond
    September 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Great find, thank you, Matthew. This is exactly my cup of tea, and I would appreciate an invite, but I see you're "out of stock." I'll wait patiently in line then... Anyone able to help so I can give it a try? Many thanks!

  110. Guillermo A
    September 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I'd love an invite... Let's get rid of FB.

  111. Bart Aronoff
    September 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    What a refreshing article!

    I'd like an invite, and you're the first I'd be sure to add.
    ~Bart

  112. K S
    September 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    This looks great! I have a minimal FB presence. And I am looking for social network that wont sell me out... May I have a code please?

  113. Ar Gee
    September 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the article about this amazing service. I would really appreciate an invite code if you still have them. Thanks in advance!

  114. Ernesto
    September 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I would love to get an invite.

    Twitter username is: essaybeats

  115. John Burkhart
    September 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Mr. Hughes, I would like to try ello. As a disabled Vet, the small group of us that try to stay in touch for mutual support are tired of Facebook ancillary noise.

  116. Harish Kumar
    September 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I am new and would like to be part this new adventure. P{lease send me a code and instructions?

  117. Willy Hoek
    September 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Asked through Twitter for an invite some 2 days ago and still not a single response. Hopefully more successful via you.

  118. Lee
    September 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I'd like a code to try this out.

  119. Bud
    September 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Seems a lot of people here are interested in receiving a code....and one would think that FB and Tweet (er) would have learned their lessons and provided for what people really WANT !!!

  120. Steven M
    September 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I deactivated FB long ago due to the chatter... Please hook me up with an invite if you get any more. Thx!

  121. Stuart McCalla
    September 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I would love a code as well

  122. Lance
    September 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I'm very interested in networking with the people this site will attract, please send invite code, thank you.

  123. Richard Oliver
    September 29, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I'd be very interested in trying this, Matthew, if at all possible.

  124. Johan E
    September 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Hi, may I try it as well, please? :)

  125. Helcio Alves Jr.
    September 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I would also like to get invited, if its not too late :)

  126. Robert Levin
    September 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Gosh you got a lot of attention
    So sure....why not give it a try

  127. f.jules
    September 29, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I once tried FB and I didn't like it at all. Too childish for me. Would Ello be a better choice ?

  128. Jared
    September 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Can I please get a code Matt?

    witt.jared@gmail.com is me

    Thanks

  129. Tyler graf
    September 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Invite code please.

  130. Steve Caunce
    September 29, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds like a great place to talk art and post my graphics. When you do get and invite I would very much appreciate it. Please be sure to let us all in the waiting list know when it goes open. Thanks

  131. Tom Vreeman
    September 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Great article. Been hearing about this a LOT the past few weeks. Would love to have an opportunity to try. A quality alternative to FB is my quest!

  132. Loralyn Tate
    September 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Sounds interesting. Just plain social networking. I'd like an invite @matthewhughes.

  133. Leo
    September 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    great piece. love the minimalist look and feel. invite code please. thanks.

  134. Mark A. Ramirez
    September 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Finally a possible FB killer. I've been waiting for something new and exciting to invest my time in as I jump off the FB bandwagon when my mother jumped on. Your article was incitefull and I look forward to an invite from you. Thank you again!

  135. Sandy Hodge
    September 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I would love to join - sandy.hodge@gmail.com

  136. Jason Merz
    September 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I am very interested and would please like a code! thanks

  137. Dave Harnett
    September 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Would love to see what the fuss is about as well as find a FB alternative.

  138. Ken E.
    September 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I like the "no advertising" form for Ello.
    Send me the invite code.

  139. Anthony
    September 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Mathew, if you are not inundated I too would like to see what it is like.

  140. Brenden G
    September 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    This site sounds right up my ally I'd love a code

  141. UrbanWarlock
    September 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I'd love to check this out! May I have an invite please.

  142. ernie
    September 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    you have my interest! i would love to check it out.

  143. Cheryl T
    September 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I liked your review, it provided enough information let me draw my own conclusions. Have to love an unbiased review! If you have a few minutes could you send me a code?

  144. Joe
    September 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    could I have a code please?

  145. Teo ?amer
    September 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Would like to try it, if you can get me a code I'd be very grateful.

  146. Fernando B
    September 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    So eager to try it! May I have a code?

  147. Jonathan Groessl
    September 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Yes, please!

  148. yileung ng
    September 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Every one seems to be saying they are fed up with Facebook. Don't they remember
    what Facebook was like before it became what it is today. MONEY and its all about making money for what it can do once it became popular. I am not sure where Ello
    is headed and I am sure 10 years down the road it could be somewhat like the others if you want to survive and its about cost for maintaining the service. Its not like you have to pay for it to subscribe but those who are selling their invites now are making a fast buck out of it.

  149. Manish
    September 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    love the idea....
    for sure, its worth a try. . . . ! ! :)

  150. Stevie Godson
    September 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Great explanation. Thanks. I'd love an invite.

  151. Tony
    September 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    If you ever get more codes, I would like one. Thanks.

  152. Melissa Crosby
    September 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for some sanity. Would love to join

  153. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I'be interested too. Your article was certainly intriguinh

  154. Alberto P
    September 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    hey Matthew, will be nice to have an invitation... Thanks from Mexico

  155. Peter
    September 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    OK Matthew - anyway I can get a code? I am definitely interested. Thanks.

  156. AShah
    September 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Would love to try it, sounds nice and easy to use

  157. George K
    September 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Matthew may I have an invite also?

  158. Jeffrey W
    September 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I'd love to try it out as well. Cheers!

  159. Jeffrey W
    September 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I'd love to try it out as well. Cheers!

  160. XCamanho
    September 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Hey, I always wanted to say that I find most of the info you publish quite interesting. And I think you catched a lot of people's attention with this article. This will definitely help Ello.co

    I would love to give it a try. I lost interest in FB due to the policy changes and also the overflow of irrelevant information, Ello.co seems a very nice alternative. Could you send me an invite code? I would really appreciate, thanks!

  161. gfpoirier
    September 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Social media at its infancy before profits grab hold. What purists think the internet is all about. Good on ello and good luck

  162. Technoslick
    September 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Definityely! Thanks.

  163. Pauline M
    September 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Sounds like this will be around for a long time. I would love to get a code.

  164. Minesh
    September 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Nice Find, Can I have an invite Please,,Thanks

  165. Nick
    September 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Need to get off facebook. Please send invite via email

  166. Ronn J
    September 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, I would love to try this site out. Please email me an invite.

  167. Jonathan
    September 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I'd really appreciate an invite. Anything that may get me off of facebook warrants some consideration.

  168. Jorge P
    September 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Lets get that invite so can disable my facebook!

  169. Rick
    September 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    As I hate all things Facebook would love to try something I'm not inundated with ads on. If I may get a code it would be appreciated.

  170. Robert N
    September 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    If there are invites remaining, please include me on your list...

  171. Paul
    September 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I'd love to try this too. I love minimalism.

  172. isse
    September 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I'm a member of that rare species that has never done Facebook. Ello is actually tempting me, but I'll watch how this moves before I jump aboard.

    • Matthew H
      September 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Very prudent, isse!

  173. Andromeda
    September 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Ditto for me - hope you get more codes!

    • Matthew H
      September 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Will do Andromeda!

  174. Richard Crutchlow
    September 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Being a minimalist kind of individual and completely disillusioned by the evolution of the top-tier social networks I would love to give ello a whirl.

    Please keep me in mind when additional invite codes become available.

    • Matthew H
      September 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Will do Richard!

  175. Joseph P
    September 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I would love to test the Ello.

    Because of all the "strings attached," I have a close group of friends that communicates exclusively over text messages. Social networking was made as a platform to improve this uber texting craze. and we are back in the dark ages. Pushed away by facebook, twitter and the like.

    This is definitely the future as people stop looking for one-stop shopping, and look for tools that do one thing and do it very well. Ello sound perfect.

    • Matthew H
      September 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Sounds like you'd love it Joseph. Sorry though. I'm all out of invites!

  176. Kasun B
    September 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    This looking interesting. Please invite me too. Thanks :)
    buvaneka@gmail.com

  177. Kathleen
    September 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Yay, I've been wanting to join! Please send me a code. Thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Sorry Kathleen! I've ran out of codes! Hope you get one soon though!

  178. Pete
    September 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I'd love to give it a try.

  179. Dave Leslie
    September 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Would love to try Ello out. Anxious to see how the revenue/sustainability plays out.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      It's still early days. Alas, I've not got any invites left to give you! Sorry man! :(

  180. Pete
    September 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I'd love to give it a try.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Sorry Pete! I've not got any left!

  181. Nancy Garvey
    September 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I am interested in trying this out!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Sorry Nancy! I've ran out!

  182. Luka
    September 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Please send me a code.
    liqudsoundzz@gmail.com

  183. Melissa
    September 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I'd love to check it out if you have any more invites.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Sorry Melissa. I'm totally tapped out!

  184. Lee Gilliland
    September 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Love to get an invite. I work on the design team for a very large hotel chain and we are always looking to stay ahead of things.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I saw by your email address. Firstly, I'm a massive, massive fan of your hotels. Seriously, I often stay at Hamptons when traveling, largely because they're affordable and of a consistent quality.

      Alas, I've got some bad news. I'm all out of codes. At least for now, anyway. However, if I get any more, I'll send you an email!

  185. Scott McIntosh
    September 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I'd like to try it out.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Sorry Scott! I've ran out!

  186. Jay Reiter
    September 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Sounds like a much better alternative than facebook. I'l love a code please...and thanks.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Sorry Jay! I'm all out!

  187. Dean D
    September 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I wouldn't mind checking this out. Might find some good uses for it at the college I work at.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Sorry Dean. I've not got any left! Hope you get one soon though!

  188. Tirumala R
    September 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    This seems like a nice way to be in touch. Please send me a code.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Sorry Tirumala, I'm all out of codes!

  189. Rob G
    September 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    The functionality is just what is needed - let you tube etc handle what they do best. Just give us a platform to share thoughts and information!

    A code would be much appreciated!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      And that's what Ello is, for the most part!

      Alas, I'm out of codes. Hope you get one soon though!

  190. Zorinho
    September 29, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’d love a code to try it out!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Unlucky Zorinho. I've ran out! Sorry!

  191. sk
    September 29, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I'd like to try it out too, thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Sorry SK! We ran out pretty quickly.

  192. Peter Sz.
    September 29, 2014 at 8:39 am

    If you still have any invites, I would gladly get one:)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Bad news Peter. We ran out. Pretty quickly too, I might add.

  193. Parker
    September 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

    If you're still handing them out I'd be quite happy to receive an invite!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Sorry Parker! We ran out pretty quickly. :)

  194. Shawn
    September 29, 2014 at 4:54 am

    I like what I hear. Let's hope it remembers its roots as it grows.

    I'd love an invite if you have additional ones to share.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Afraid not Shawn. We ran out pretty quickly. Hope you get an invite soon!

  195. Fjohn R
    September 29, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I think I'd like an invite, please.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Sorry Fjohn! Demand was immense, and we ran out!

  196. Echo C
    September 29, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I would love an invite!
    Thanx!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Sorry Echo! I'm all out!

  197. Suzanne Ally
    September 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Matthew, well-written article; you made me want to try it out, if you please?
    Thanx!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Hey Suzanne!

      Thanks so much for your kind words! You rock! Unfortunately, I've ran out of Ello invites. Hope you find one soon enough!

  198. Richard
    September 29, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Thank you for the awesome article! I would love an invite also.

    Thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Sorry Richard! We've ran out! Hope you find one elsewhere.

  199. Neil R
    September 29, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Very nice article, Matthew. Could you send me an invite code, please ? Thank you in advance.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Bad news Neil. I'm fresh out. Hope you get one soon though!

  200. Schpoink
    September 28, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Nice piece!

    I would love to get an invite

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Hey Schpoink,

      Unfortunately, I've ran out! Hopefully you get one soon!

  201. Sal
    September 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    sounds interesting? still have invites?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Afraid not. I'm all out!

  202. Jamie
    September 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I know I'm very late to the party but enjoyed the article and would love to check out ello.

    You mentioned the Independent newspaper as being the first "old media" to sign up, is there as much commercial interest in general or is it more of an individual thing? I do love the idea of a successful social network that manages to survive without the 3rd party advertising we see everywhere else.

    Thanks for the read!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Hey Jaime,

      I'd say so. Sonos has signed up. As has Netflix. More and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon. :)

  203. Lu
    September 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Matthew, if you still have invites, I'd love to get one. Thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      I'm afraid not! I'm all out! Hope you get one soon though!

  204. SocialLifeTheWayItMeantToBe
    September 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    ello.co is the reason i left facebook a few years ago. i would like to get an invite code to start my social life again.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Sorry! I'm all out! Demand massively outstripped supply. Hope you get an invite soon though!

  205. L:oksch
    September 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I'd really appreciate an invite to ello.
    Thank you

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Sorry Loksch! I've ran out! Demand was phenomenal, eh?

  206. Liz
    September 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Still providing ello codes? I'd love to check it out! :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Sorry Liz! I'm fresh out!

  207. Donald Baker
    September 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Send me a code invite please

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Sorry Donald! I'm all out!

  208. Stephan H
    September 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I guess I'm missing something but I don't see what's so attractive about this new network, given that its functions seem to be extremely limited.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      It's really, really pretty Stephan. And it respects your privacy. Two good reasons. :)

  209. Bill Hicks
    September 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I'm getting sick of all the privacy issues on Facebook and would love and invite code to ello

  210. Bill Hicks
    September 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I'm getting sick of all the privacy issues and would love and invite code to ello

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Sorry Bill, I'm fresh out!

  211. Max Hicks
    September 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Matthew, you've piqued my interest, too. Love an invite if you've got one.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Hey Max!

      I've ran out! Sorry pal!

  212. officialmichaelgreen
    September 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    #beingofficialmichaelgreen buy my ello page for $1111.11 and you can be me! (have my friends, post under my name, send invites, etc.)http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=321535597038

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Wait, so you're not selling invites? You're selling your profile? Interesting. Er... Why?

  213. Moira M
    September 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Ohh, can I have an invite? I'm curious about this :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Sorry Moira! I've ran out! Hope you get an invite soon.

  214. Eric
    September 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I've begged off social media up until now because of the monetization of users, so I'd love to check this out. Thanks, Matt!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Sorry Eric. I'm fresh out! Hopefully you get an invite soon!

  215. Dan Moon
    September 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Please send me an invite if you can.I am very,very tired of the FB mess!!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Unlucky Dan, I'm all out! Sorry!

  216. Crabby
    September 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Piqued my curiosity - I'll gladly give it a try if the invites are still open.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Bad news Crabby! I've ran out! Sorry!

  217. Swami
    September 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Any chance of an invite now?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Sorry Swami! I'm fresh out!

    • Swami
      September 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I hold it against you personally!! :)

      That's ok Matthew, let me check the twitterverse..

  218. Christa
    September 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Would love a test drive!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Sorry Christa! I'm all out! :(

  219. Shelley G
    September 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Am I too late to ask for an invite?! :-)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Afraid so. I'm all out!

  220. Silver J
    September 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Can I have an invitation too? Curious to see how it looks and feels.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Sorry Silver, I've ran out!

  221. Tula Keti Koti
    September 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I shut my FB account down 2 mos ago for the reasons cited in this article. If love an invite to ello.co - Tula1863@hotmail.com.

    Thanks much

  222. joe
    September 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I'm not a Facebook or Twitter user, though my family wants me to join FB. Would like to try ello.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Alas, I'm fresh out of Ello invites! Hope you get one soon! In the meantime, sign up to Facebook! It's better than people make out. :)

  223. Markus
    September 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Any invites left? Jogunms[at]googlemail.com. Thank you really much!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Bad news Markus,

      I'm fresh out! :( Hope you get an invite soon though!

  224. Jill
    September 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Can I get an invite?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Sorry Jill, I'm fresh out!

  225. Joe Lewis
    September 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Great write-up, thank you. I hadn't heard about ello.co before this, but am very interested. I've been waiting for a different app (diaspora) to open up for new member for a long time. If you would send an invite code, that would be great.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Joe,

      Alas, I've ran out of invites. If you get one though, I'd love to hear what you think of the site! I'm pretty excited and impressed by it!

  226. Paul V
    September 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    It looks like the kind of social network I would love to try, any chance to receive an invite?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Sorry Paul! I'm all out! Hope you get a code soon enough!

  227. Mack
    September 28, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I'd like to try this. If you have any invites left to spare, I'd certainly appreciate it.

    I haven't used a social networking site in years because of all the superfluous nonsense on them. That and I like to keep a close circle, rather than the "all public, all the time" attitude of Facebook (despite its privacy settings) and Twitter. Google+ never really did it for me either. Maybe this'll be something nice, simple and unique. I'm willing to give it a shot, even if just to see how this difference translates from their intention.

    Either way, thanks for the post. It's an interesting read.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Wish I did Mack. Alas, I'm fresh out.

      Thanks for your kind words though. And when you get an invite, I'd love to hear your thoughts then!

  228. Vic
    September 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

    please send a code like to try

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Sorry Vic, I'm all out!

  229. sighmon
    September 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I'd ask for an invite code but I already have one! Great article!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Awesome stuff Sighmon. How are you finding it so far?

  230. Imaduddin Sawal
    September 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I think these are the highest number of comments I've ever see on a makeuseof post . And yeah I would also like an invite ! Let's see how it goes ...

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      It's pretty high, but I've seen higher! Alas, I'm out of codes. Hope you get one soon enough though!

  231. Dave A.
    September 28, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I would like to try it. thanks.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Sorry Dave! I'm out!

      Hope you get one soon!

  232. Katheryn
    September 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

    This article made me curious, may I have an invite too please? :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Bad news Katheryn, I'm out!

      Hope you get one soon though!

  233. Donald
    September 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Very interesting, I would like a code to test it, thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Sorry Donald, I'm fresh out! Hope you get an invite soon.

  234. Jenn
    September 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

    YES, please!!! =)

  235. Bogarard
    September 28, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Matt, can I have one? It looks great and... minimalist! Many thanks.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Hey Bogarard,
      I'm fresh out. Hope you get one soon!

  236. M
    September 28, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Great coverage of the topic! I would like an invite too, please.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Sorry M. I'm all out! Hope you get an invite soon!

  237. Bogarard
    September 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Matt, can I have one please? It looks great and... minimalist.. I've request an invitation via your Ello page. Many thanks.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Hope you get one soon. I've ran out myself, unfortunately.

  238. Elliott Riley
    September 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I'm keen to give it a go and get away from the clutter of Twitter and Facebook :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Hope you get an invite soon! Alas, I've ran out!

  239. Bruce Anderson
    September 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Concept is very welcome, though google+ does have some of its characyteristics still. I requested an invite today on the site. But that could take ages. Would love if you could send me an invite!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Sorry Bruce! I've ran out! Hope you get sone soon!

  240. Brendan
    September 28, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I would love an invite please. Really keen to try it out.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Sorry Brendan! I've ran out!

    • Brendan
      September 30, 2014 at 3:00 am

      Ok thanks anyway matthew, if you do end up getting more please send me an invite if you can. :)

  241. KiriosS
    September 28, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Nice article, made me curious about Ello. Wonder if there's any invites left...

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      There isn't, I'm afraid! Sorry! :(

  242. emms
    September 28, 2014 at 6:40 am

    i want the invitation too.. ????
    13stitch@gmail.com

  243. Kio
    September 28, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Wow, FINALLY, something REALLY different from Facebook! Very interested! If there´s still some invites, please let me know! :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Fresh out! Sorry Kio!

  244. Tee Wrecks
    September 28, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I'd love to check out Ello. Pretty please may I have one of those invites? :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Sorry Tee Wrecks! I'm fresh out! :(

  245. Daniel E
    September 28, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Say, how many invites do you get? And yes, I'd like one too. Site looks fairly clean from what I could see, and could rank with LinkedIn and Google + as among my favorites. Like most people I know, I'm on Facebook only for my sisters and their families abroad.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Not enough to meet the demand, apparently! ;) Sorry Daniel.

      Yeah, it's pretty beautiful. I'm a fan. :) Hope you get an invite soon!

  246. Ishan
    September 28, 2014 at 4:17 am

    This alternative network atleast seems promising in theory. Would like to try it out, so could you please send me a code on my mail?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Sorry, I'm fresh out! :( Hope you get one soon Ishan!

  247. kvothe
    September 28, 2014 at 4:09 am

    I'd love an invite if you have some left!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Sorry! I'm all out!

  248. Rob N
    September 28, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Fast approaching 100 comments, Matt! Nice work! I'd love to have read more about what you didn't like about ello, or how you think it could be improved. I really dislike the design. I think it's clunky, too many objects are moveable. I'd use... "Basic" over "Pretty". "Functional" over "Aesthetic" here.

    You should take a look at the Everest iPhone app, which is also a social network built around people's journeys. Unfortunately it's only an app, but that has impeccable design and is stunning to use.

    1. When I log in, the images I see aren't clickable, so I don't know how to interact with them
    2. It took me too long (as in, too many seconds) to figure out how to post a comment
    3. The 'post' button is just too hidden
    4. When I posted a comment, it didn't appear in the stream under the photo.

    I guess the concept is nice, but other than "We're a small, privacy friendly social network", I don't quite get the appeal. As more people use Ello, it'll lose it's appeal. As more people use Ello, more features will need to be introduced. As more people use Ello, the more necessity there will be for a revenue model.

    Perhaps I'm missing something here? Yet another social network is the last thing I need...

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I actually didn't dislike anything about Ello. Weird, but true. There are a few UX flaws, like you say, but otherwise it's a great site.

      Not seen Everest, but I'll check it out! Thanks!

  249. Alex M
    September 28, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Sounds cool! Hope its not too late to ask for an invite.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Alas, a bit too late. ;) Sorry Alex!

  250. Benji S
    September 28, 2014 at 2:59 am

    What an awesome idea! What an awesome review! I'd love to check it out. Is there a chance that I could get an invite?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Bad news Benji, I'm out of invites! Hope you get one soon!

  251. Michael
    September 28, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Hey,

    I wonder if it's gonna create new ways for people to relate.

    I'm curious about using, and would love an invite.

    Thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Sorry Michael, I'm out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  252. Olad Imejee
    September 28, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Not just another social network? Hard to believe! Time will tell.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Indeed Olad! Time will tell!

  253. Jennifer Black
    September 28, 2014 at 1:52 am

    I'm intrigued.

  254. Gary Kirk
    September 28, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Could I please say hello to ello? And thank you.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Bad news Gary. I'm out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  255. Marcel SK
    September 28, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Hey!
    The concept of this social network seems very interesting.
    I would really like to receive an invite code.
    Thanks !

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Sorry Marcel! I've ran out of my invites. Hope you get one soon!

  256. Pierre S
    September 28, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I realy would like to test it. Thank you.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Desolé Pierre, I'm fresh out. Hope you get an invite soon!

  257. Zwaaa
    September 28, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Would also love to test this.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Bad news Zwaa. I'm fresh out! Hope you get one soon!

  258. Josh G
    September 28, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Would like to check it out. Got any more invites?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Sorry Josh! I'm fresh out!

  259. Michael Rhodes
    September 28, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Been on elli for a day or so and already I like it so much better than deFacedBook :P

    The interface is gorgeously minimalist (as the article pointed out) and that really makes the content that's posted the "star" of the page instead of fighting ads and other i-crud. For one's "ello home page" you can have a banner (about 1K pixel wide and tall) so for artists it's a nice playground. I really like it for what it does (and doesn't do).

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      My thoughts exactly. Thanks Michael! :)

  260. Krad Y
    September 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Not sure if my last comment made it up on here, but i would love an invite. thanks

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Sorry Krad,

      I'm out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  261. Mamachibi
    September 28, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Sure love an invite code. This looks like just what I'm looking for in social media.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Sorry Mamachibi,

      I'm fresh out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  262. Nebojsa
    September 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    This seems very interesting. I'd like a code, please. :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Sorry Nebojsa,

      I'm fresh out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  263. cornelius
    September 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I would really, really appreciate a code for Ello. Your description, Matthew, makes it sound refreshing, a step away from the noise.

    Thank you...

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      It's that exactly. Alas, I'm fresh out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  264. Timmy Te
    September 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    This just might be THE next Facebook. Just tired of the ads and noise on facebook. Code please? timmyte(@)gmail.com

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Hey Timmy,

      I've ran out! Hope you get one soon though!

  265. Krad
    September 27, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I would love to jump on and get off of facebook. An invite would be much appreciated. tia

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Cheers Krad,

      Alas, I've got no invites left! Hope you get one soon though!

  266. ogman
    September 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Great article, as always. It's going to be interesting to see how things go with ello over the long run. So far, it looks very refreshing and very promising.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Much appreciated Ogman,

      I'm a great fan of Ello. It shows real promise!

  267. Hannafi H
    September 27, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This seems interesting. Can I have one?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Sorry Hannafi, I'm out! Demand has been incredible. Hope you get an invite soon though!

  268. Moose Dixon
    September 27, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Me too, please. I want to mix this with my photography.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Sorry Moose. I'm out. Demand has been insane. Hope you get an invite soon enough!

  269. Aj D
    September 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Can i get a code?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Sorry AJ. I ran out. Demand has been crazy! Hope you get an invite soon!

  270. Chris
    September 27, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Would be great to read an article deconstructing how Ello pulled off this PR buzz-splosion. Particularly if it was more engineered than accident.

    I'd also love a cheeky, shameless invite if you have one Matt? Thanks for prompting me to care about social media again.

    (Though if I get addicted to this, its on you...)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Interestingly enough Chris, they didn't really do a PR buzz-splosion, really. Rather, it was just a convenient set of circumstances and missteps made by Facebook.

      Alas, I've got some bad news for you. I'm out of invites. Demand has massively, massively outstripped supply.

      Although, it's a highly addictive site, so perhaps it's for the best. ;)

    • Chris
      September 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks for the update Matt. It does feel like a right-place, right-time situation for Ello's boom, doesn't it? Whereas G+ was a top-down, "you *will* use this" kind of push, Ello's growth feels "earned". Whatever that means.

      To stand out from FB, Twitter, LinkedIn et al, and to keep growing, Ello will need to do at least one thing better/different than all the others.

      Re addiction, you're probably right, but please think of me if you come across any more. (though I wouldn't blame you for selling them on ebay for megabucks)

      Cheers

  271. Jayron Efferson
    September 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    How long they will accept my invite?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Hey Jayron,

      I'm not sure what you mean?

      Cheers,
      Matt

  272. Fred C
    September 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I've been hoping to try this out. Looks amazing!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Alas, I've ran out of invites. Sorry Fred! Hope you get one soon!

  273. Highlander
    September 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    You wrote it great. Perhaps this would the Social Media for me. Minimalistic and just user content.
    I'ld like an invite there too!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Hey Highlander,

      Thanks for the kind words. Although, got some bad news. I'm out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  274. Alan
    September 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I would like to check it out. Thanks in advance.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Hey Alan,

      Got some bad news. Demand has been insane, and we've ran out of codes. Hope you get one soon enough!

    • Alan
      September 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks for the reply.

  275. Fok
    September 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Seems nice, wish i could see your content there!!

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      You can! We're under @makeuseof. I'm @matthewhughes.

  276. TJCS3
    September 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Best review of ello I have seen to date and there have been a lot of them. It sounds like a it has the potential to be a great network, but unless my friends join and/or enough of those I want to follow for information join and they also leave Twitter/G+/Facebook/App.net not sure this is for me this time.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for your comment! It's greatly appreciated!

  277. Jan Conger
    September 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Great article, you explain it well. Looks good, nice and clean. I like to try most new things and would love an invite. Don't know if I will stay because I use Plurk most of the time but I'd like to give it a try!

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks Jan! Much appreciated! :)

  278. ray sital
    September 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Sold!! If love to check it out.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Bad news Ray. I've ran out something fierce. Demand has been insane! Hope you get a code soon enough!

  279. Jaime
    September 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I would love to check this out! Please send me a code if possible. Thanks

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Sorry Jaime,

      I'm fresh out. Hope you get a code soon enough!

  280. Marco Barreto
    September 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Got any more of those invites?? :-) I'd love to try this.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Afraid not Marco. Demand has been insane. Hope you get one soon!

  281. Michael
    September 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Looks like a great concept - would love to check it out!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Hey Michael! I'm fresh out I'm afraid. Hope you get an invite soon!

  282. Gary
    September 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    An alternative to FB?! Sign me up, pronto!

    • Taylor
      September 27, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      I recently signed up for Ello and I'm liking it so far. This article did a great job explaining what Ello is and I came away from it having a better idea of what it was I got myself into, so to speak. Here's hoping it grows into something beautiful, right?

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Taylor and Gary! It's greatly appreciated. :)

  283. Brian
    September 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    The stated goal of a restricted platform - text & pics only, you see everything your networkees post - seems at odds with a freemium model.

    What is there left to offer to the paying member?

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      It's a little bit more than a minimum viable product (MVP) right now. It'll likely move forward a bit, but yeah... Still pretty basic.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Personally speaking though? I'd pay extra for API access, for one feature.

  284. Silvia P
    September 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I bumped into your article while searching for more info on this new social network. Great article BTW! It would mean a lot to receive an invite :). Thanks in advance!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Hey Silvia,

      Bad news. I'm out of invites. If I get any more, I'll shoot you one!

      Cheers,
      Matt

  285. Maarten D
    September 27, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Nice article, got smarter from it!
    Ello.co seems like a wonderful alternative to facebook, or even a personal site. It looks simple and professional in the same time. Great that ello doesn't use ads. I can accept that they ask a monthly fee for premium features. I would love to have that feature implemented in my Facebook, so I can see the most recent posts, no suggested posts, etc.

    I don't think this will be a project that will fail or fade away. More and more people will register, because of their curiosity. The invite system is great to gather more interest. You have to try hard to find an invite. So that raises popularity via friends, family,...

    I also think Ello.co will boost other social media sites to limit their ads, and get back to their main purpose: being 'social'.

    I welcome Ello with open arms, and I hope other people will too.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      You're too kind Maarten. And you know what? I agree completely. :)

  286. Jay
    September 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Sounds interesting. I have tried other ad-free social networks, but I think I will take a wait and see approach to Ello

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks for your comment Jay! :)

  287. Katie
    September 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Although a major difference between Tumblr and Ello is that Tumblr does have hardcore pornography on it! I think this site will appeal to people that had an issue with Facebook censoring breastfeeding pictures or art. I'm curious to see how the artistic community comes to use the site since it seems like a great majority of users on Ello are in creative fields.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      That's true. I think Ello are cool with 'tasteful' nudity. Tumblr is definitely a bit more laisez faire!

      Thanks for your comment!

  288. John
    September 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Love the manifesto! No advertising, no selling of data... Interesting to see if it takes off.

    Great article...

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Cheers John! Thanks for reading!

  289. Kim
    September 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I haven't checked it out yet (but will soon!), but Ello does seem to have promise. I'm notorious for trying out new things and leaving, but this one seems to have done something right. I don't know why the simplicity is so attractive, but it is. I'm pretty sure I'm signing up for another time suck!

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kim! I like Ello too. :)

  290. Christina
    September 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    It seems there's a new social network every week! I believe most people will stick to fb, though many people do migrate to networks in which they feel more comfortable. I keep a fb for family and acquaintances but do my socializing on plurk. Options never hurt but I doubt any company's CEO will be the next Zuckerberg.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      I've noticed a trend of social networks becoming more specialized, and less generalized as Facebook is. I forsee a future where the 'one big network' is replaced with multiple, smaller ones.

      Thanks for your comment!

  291. Nikhil Shastri
    September 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Would love to give this a go .. Any chance of getting an invite Matthew? :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Sorry Nikhil, I've ran out. If I get any more, I'll shoot you a code!

      Cheers!

  292. Mischelle "Mzz Thang" Martell
    September 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Sounds interesting Matthew! I'll be interested in trying this platform out once it goes "live"! Anything to get away from Facebook!

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Brilliant. Thanks Mischelle!

  293. Terrass
    September 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for the post! I'd love to join too!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Bad news Terrass,

      I'm out of invites. Hope you get one soon!

  294. Ame
    September 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Hey Matthew, thanks for the intro to ello. I've been waiting for this. Facebook rubs me the wrong way, but I want to be social. Would you send me a code? Cheers

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      I'm really sorry Ame, but I've ran out! Hope you get an invite soon! Ello seems to be the social network for you!

  295. Knarf
    September 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I would love an invite!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Sorry Knarf! I've ran out! Demand has been insane!

      Hope you get an invite soon though!

  296. Czarek
    September 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    May I have one, please? :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Sorry Czarek,

      I'm out! Demand has completely outstripped supply. Hope you get one soon!

  297. Carl
    September 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I'd try this!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Hope you get an invite! Unfortunately, I've ran out. Demand has completely outstripped supply. My bad! :(

  298. Lutz
    September 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    It would be great if you let a German guy in :-)

    Thanks, Lutz

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Es tut mir Leid, Lutz! I've ran out. Demand has completely outstripped supply.

      Hope you get on the site soon!

    • Lutz
      September 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Don't worry, Matt. I am already in! Thanks for your kind words.

      Best, Lutz

  299. Martin R
    September 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    A code please. I'd love to test it

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Sorry Martin! I've ran out! Supply has been completely eclipsed by the demand.

  300. Ryan
    September 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I'll take one invite PLEASE! been waiting for invite a long time! :

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Alas, you'll have to wait a little bit longer. I'm fresh out. Supply has massively outstripped demand.

  301. Dominic C
    September 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Looks neat. Anyone has got an invite?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Not me! Demand has been insane. Hope you get one soon though!

  302. Samuel Albuquerque
    September 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I’ll take one please!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Sorry Samuel,

      I'm fresh out of invites. Demand has massively, massively outstripped supply. Sorry!

  303. Andy P
    September 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I would love to get an invite to ello.co. Sounds great.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Hey Andy. Bad news. I'm fresh out of invites. Hope you get one soon though!

  304. Sarthak Wadhwa
    September 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Hey! I would love to have a code! The site seems really nice.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      It's a great site! Alas, I'm fresh out. Sorry Sarthak. Demand has been crazy.

    • Mark A. Ramirez
      September 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Can the new ELLO invitees share with me?

  305. Arpit Kharbanda
    September 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I would love to get an invite to ello.co.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Sorry Arpit,

      Demand has been ludicrous. I've had hundreds of people email, tweet and comment asking for an invite, and I'm fresh out. Hope you get one soon!

  306. Andrew R
    September 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I would love an invite please. It sounds like fun.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Bad news Andrew, I'm fresh out! Demand has been crazy! Hope you get an invite soon!

  307. Frank Springstead
    September 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Reading about the future of social networking on ello.co sounds kool and would like to see it. Would love to have an invite to ello.co !!!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Sorry Frank. I'm fresh out! When I get more, I'll shoot you one!

  308. MaTt
    September 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Great article that has me very intrigued to try ello myself. If an invite's available, that would be great. Thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Sorry Matt, I'm out! Demand has been crazy!

  309. Manendra
    September 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I was waiting for invitation, want to have a look on this as it sounds really cool (No-Ads).

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Sorry Manendra,

      I'm fresh out of invites! Hope you get on the site soon!

  310. Todd T
    September 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hate to join in on the bandwagon, but hell I'd love to try ello out as well.

    Any kind of simplistic alternative to Facebook or even Tumblr looks awesome to me at this point :)

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Sorry Todd! I've ran out. Demand has been incredible.

      Hope you get an invite soon! It sounds like Ello is just the site for you!

    • Allan Shalless
      November 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Tod T still wan an ello account?

  311. Dustin R
    September 27, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Wouldn't mind trying this out. Thanks ahead of time!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Sorry Dustin. Demand outstripped supply. I'm fresh out.

  312. Begw
    September 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Your article has piqued my interest. If there are any invites left, I would love to have one.

    Thanks!

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Bad news. I'm out. Sorry pal. :(

  313. Jeff Brown
    September 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I'll play along. All mighty Make Use Of, may I please have a code?

    Thanks in advance

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      'All mighty'. I like that. Alas, I'm fresh out. Demand has been ridiculous. When I get more, I'll shoot you one!

    • Allan Shalless
      November 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Jeff do you still like an ello connection?

  314. Erik
    September 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Hello! Thank you for your offer to get an invite. I would like one, please.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Bad news Erik. I'm fresh out. When I get more, I'll let you know!

  315. Kevin W
    September 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Please email me an invite.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Sorry Kevin. I'm fresh out. Demand has been crazy! If I get more, I'll send you one. :)

    • Allan Shalless
      November 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Kevin do you still want an ello conection?

    • Kevin
      November 25, 2014 at 1:39 am

      Yes, please.

  316. Thomas Kerber
    September 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for a succinct writeup. Now I have a feel for Ello. Now I'd like to join Ello. Please send me an invite.

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Sorry Thomas. Demand has been ridiculously crazy. Over 200 people have asked for invites through comments, emails and tweets. I didn't expect this kind of response!

      If I get any more, I'll send you one via email! :)

    • Allan Shalless
      November 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Thomas do you still want ello connection?

  317. PHiLOS
    September 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Ello Matthew!
    Interesting article, any chance of an invite?

    • Matthew H
      September 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Bad news PHiLOS,

      I'm fresh out. I really didn't predict how many people would want invites? What with people commenting (and emailing. And tweeting) asking for invites, I ran out pretty quickly.

      If I get some more, I'll shoot you an email!

    • Allan Shalless
      November 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

      PHiLOS, do you still want a membership to ello ?

  318. Sean N
    September 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Would love to get an invite here!

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      I sent you one. Check your email.

  319. Torsten
    September 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Still codes available? If yes, please add me.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Sent! Check your email!

  320. James R
    September 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to get an invite to ello.co.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Sent. Check your inbox!

    • Minesh
      September 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      James
      any chance you can extend me an invite?
      if so please email me at (temp email address), and I can email you my actual email address.
      mineshpemail-1@yahoo.com
      Thanks
      Minesh

  321. Lance
    September 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I'll take one please! Service [@] naultech.com
    Thanks so much!

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Sent! Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

  322. Jake's Khakis
    September 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I'd love a code to try it out!

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Check your email inbox. And let me know what you think!

  323. Scott B
    September 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Go on then, Matthew, you've piqued my interest...a code please :)

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      You've been emailed one!

  324. Flubber
    September 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I'd love to test this, seems nice and clean.

    • Matthew H
      September 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Check your inbox. :)

    • Kathleen
      September 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      I'm sorry to be presumptuous, but since you joined, do you think you could generate a code for me? Matthew is all out. I have no idea is this is even possible, but thanks anyway! kathleen678@hmamail.com

    • Josie
      September 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I would love to try this out :)

    • tim
      September 29, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Anything that could challenge the nauseating Facebook has got to be tried.
      Please sort me out an invite.

    • Elrick B
      September 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Ok Matthew im down....shoot me an invite please, elrickbrowne@gmail.com

    • Jeremy G
      September 30, 2014 at 7:22 am

      I, too, would love the opportunity to both test ello, and to watch its development.
      I have already read one combined review and farewell - https://aralbalkan.com/notes/ello-goodbye/ - that was disgusted by ello's acceptance of $435K from FreshTracks Capital.
      The acceptance of Venture Capital does raise some concern, though perhaps less than if they had gone to a loan shark, but in my book, any alternative to Facebook is work a try.

    • Amber
      January 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Is it too late for me to get a code please?

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