All you find on the website are the words "Simple, beautiful & ad-free," along with a box where you can add your e-mail, requesting an invite. The concept behind the site is Ello, a planned private social network that could be the next Facebook -- make that the anti-Facebook. And it's the brainchild of a few Denver area creatives: Paul Budnitz, a filmmaker who's the founder of Budnitz Bicycles and Kidrobot, along with Todd Berger and Lucien Fohr, the principles of Boulder-based graphic design firm Berger & Fohr. Other than that, there hasn't been a lot of information available about Ello, beyond the fact that it will be advertising-free...and its name might be inspired by the Cockney pronunciation of "hello." But last week, a manifesto expanded on the plan for this soon-to-be private social-network site:
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After enlisting Berger and Fohr, Budnitz tells Daily Dot, "We called up friends at the boutique programming collective Mode Set, and they jumped in right away. Total enthusiasm -- which was kind of amazing, given that nobody was getting paid It's become something of a supergroup, a collection of some of the most talented artists and programmers working together, for free, on this amazing project....Because Ello doesn't have ads, it can also have integrity. Every bit of screen real estate and programming power goes to making an awesome network. There's no army of ad salesmen telling us what to do."
And what, exactly, will Ello do? Stay tuned. From our archives: "Five rules for making sure nobody reads your band's Twitter or Facebook."