The ads free social network Ello is creating buzz online with invitations on eBay selling for as much as $500.
The social media Internet site Ello has been creating quite a bit of buzz online over the past couple of days. Ello, which is also referred to as the anti-Facebook network, does not have any ads and offers privacy options that are quite advanced.
Ello was founded and launched by a small group of artists and programmers that were led by Paul Budnitz.
Ello is being pushed as a private social network that is available on just an invitation only basis.
According to the latest reports, Ello has received as many as 35,000 requests an hour and invitations have been known to sell for as much as $500 on eBay.
The creators of Ello said the site would remain free forever, but users would have to pay small sums of money to use premium features.
The manifesto of the company says it believes that a social network is a tool of empowerment, but one to coerce, deceive or manipulate, but one to create, connect and to celebrate life.
The policy at Ello states that the collection and sales of personal data to earn a profit is both unethical and creepy.
Ellos does not sell any ads, nor does it sell data about the user to third parties, said the company.
On other sites, said the company, have free services offered while users are paying a high price due to lack of privacy and intrusive advertising.
Facebook has received criticism lately for separating its messenger into another app and on privacy issues.
Facebook has also received negative feedback for deleting some drag queen profiles for not following the policy of “real names.
However, Ello does not have a policy of using real names.
One of the Ello designers said the company wants the user to be exactly who they are.
Budnitz said when Ello was being designed the first principle was no ads. They believe that if there are ads then the customer is the advertiser and not the user, and that means the thing being sold is then the user.
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