Ello, based in the unlikely conclave of Burlington, Vt., hopes it’s a little bit different. Since beginning a limited beta test in August, the site has been deluged with requests from prospective members, particularly those upset by Facebook’s ubiquitous advertisements and insistence on the use of people’s real names.
The social media site promises not to show its users ads or mine their data. And Ello is striking a chord with consumers: The social media site said it’s getting 45,000 requests to join an hour.
But Ello has been brewing for months — in Vermont, of all places. The company is based in Burlington and funded by Vermont venture capital.
SunCommon recently expanded into Rutland County with a satellite office in downtown Rutland, sharing space with Small Dog Electronics.
Although Ello rolled out just this summer, and is open to new users on an invitation-only basis, the New York Observer’s BetaBeat blog reported today that it was experiencing sign-up requests of about 31,000 an hour.
Into this space has come a most unlikely underdog that has gained a sudden and sweeping momentum. Ello, a small, invite-only, formerly private social network created by seven artists and programmers, may still be operating in beta, but it has seized upon the primary gripes of the Facebook-disenchanted without much effort.
Most of the excitement we’re experiencing comes from a combination of Ello’s simple & elegant interface, and the fact that the network will never have ads.
Economist coverage of Bridj: Yet a more interesting variation of the concept (which has been around for quite some time on the old continent in the form of sites such as BlaBlaCar and Mitfahrzentrale.de) is the service offered by Bridj, a startup based in Boston. It crunches data from many sources, including Google Earth, Facebook,… Read more »
Matthew George, the 24-year-old Bridj founder, said the bus network will operate with an initial capacity of about 500 riders a day and scale up to 15,000 passengers over time. More than 10,000 people have already signed up for the service.
TechCrunch coverage of Bridj: Boston-based Bridj thinks it can do better, by implementing a low-cost alternative to those options. Rather than launching another single ride-hailing service, the company is building a series of dynamically generated bus routes. To aid in that quest, Bridj has raised $4 million in funding and made a big new… Read more »