The story so far (Ello-wise)

My first, long-ish post on Ello with attempts at formatting and all that good stuff is here. Why yes, I finally figured out how the permalinks work, or maybe they just suddenly started working, but I’m guessing the former. TL/DR: It’s pretty, it’s buggy, it’s interesting, and the UI can be really hard to read […]

‘Ints from Ello-ese

(yeah, I know…that title was a bit of a reach): Two more Ello-related points of interest. 1) You can use animated GIFs for your banner. I haven’t tested the profile pics, but so far, it seems to be a pretty friendly site for that sort of thing. Check out Skitoman’s banner. 2) There’s still a […]

Ello, is it me you’re looking for?

(do you have any idea how hard it is to write something about Ello and not do some sort of silly play on words?) Ok, last update for the night: Paul Budnitz and Todd Berger, Ello co-founders, both say that concerns over their venture cap investors and the potential “exit” postulated by Aral Balkan are […]

Ello, Ello again

(an aside: Have you ever seen anything blow up out of nothing the way Ello has? There are probably several good theses in the story of the initial proliferation of the site and the fact that everyone seems to be talking about it) There’s a very good argument for avoiding Ello to be made, and […]

Real Life as a Role Playing Game

Before reading any further, I urge you to read Tricia Sullivan’s guest post on Charlie Stross’ site. It’s a meaty, thoughtful piece chock full o’ ideas that make you think. I’m looking forward to her next three posts on antipope and I’ve already added her to my RSS feed. Seriously, go read it. I’ll wait. […]

Teenagers are reading and writing…and somehow, that’s bad?

I’m sure you’ve seen this meme or some variation on the theme:(ganked from here although I suspect it originated elsewhere) Ye cats! Young people are staring at cell phones instead of <insert your idea of what young people ought to be doing instead of staring at cell phones here>! I’m not sure which horseman this […]

Great Moments in Self-Congratulatory Marketing

Have you seen the 2014 list of the “Most Well-Read Cities in America?” Without clicking the link, you might wonder how such a list was compiled. Did they survey the inhabitants of each city to determine how many books they read over the previous year? Nope, instead, it’s just a list of who bought books […]