It's time to give Twitter a run for its money.
Facebook isn’t going anywhere, because most everyone you know is on it. What makes all the hipsters want to flee it, is exactly why you need to stay on it: Visibility. For now, at least. But because many people are sick of all the ads and object to being told stage names are not allowed on Facebook, nor any other type of pseudonym (drag queens simply make easy targets), many artists, performers, and activists are staking their claim in a new territory, a new social network that welcomes “secret identities” and promises not to advertise or sell your information: Ello.
It’s clean. It’s hip. It’s interface is simple. It takes the best of Facebook, the best of Twitter, and combines them with the Tumblr-ish-ness of gif support, even for your banner picture, which can be scrolled elegantly up or down like a roller window shade. Also hipper: Round profile pics. As an homage to the new look of social media I have been posting only round pictures to my ello page and crafting only round memes to share. (Follow me @bluelustreak)
So is Ello the savior of our privacy? Probably not. But does it give people a chance to break the monopolistic triumvirate of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr? Yes. Competition is excellent for innovation, and Pirates despise monopoly.
Part of its current appeal may also be that it is invite only for now, and if you’ve requested an invite directly from Ello, you are probably still waiting. You have to *know* someone who is already in and willing to part with one of their 5 precious invitations for you. How precious? There’s a report of Ello invitations selling on Ebay.
So we have struck our claim in this new territory, and if you have too, or do so in the future, we invite you to follow us there.
Shake things up, make Zuckerberg and the rest *work* for it (always) and join us on this new, hip, and for now fairly quiet frontier known as Ello.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University, pointed out that on Facebook, he could not post directly to this book on Amazon. I Googled the titled and found I had the same problem.
Maybe the problem in the whole Amazon site? I checked. I had no trouble posting a link to this "uncontroversial" book:
or this one:
Go ahead and try it yourself, I'll wait.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
"Act-MA is up to almost 950 subscribers, an increase of 200 since the election.
We have had some complaints that not enough people are listing their events on Act-MA. You can reach these people with your event announcement by simply sending an email to:
As an added bonus several local radio shows monitor Act-MA and broadcast a number of event announcements.
We would especially like to thank Linda Pinkow for regularly promoting Act-MA on her show on "What's Left Radio" Fridays from 6 to 7 PM on WMBR 88.1 FM
For information on her show and others check out.
We would also like to thank Dan "Bagelman" Kontoff for his extraordinary efforts to distribute Act-MA flyers at many recent demonstrations."