Yesterday I saw two updates from friends saying the same. I woke up this morning with a mind swirling from a seed planted by a friend, “But I really wonder if anyone is looking at the structural integrity of the ship they are jumping into……” and started to wonder.
“I’ve decided to create my own Social Network this week.” he says.
I think we all should.
What is ello? I think it’s a $192BN bet that people are spiraling up.
What is Facebook? I’d liken it to a department store filled with NSA, DHS, and other entity cameras in which you’re the mannequin and where everything you do is tracked, modeled, crunched, and archived so that when more tech is available, the existing datasets can be crunched again.
Is ello the next best thing? Maybe. We only need an app. We have the three things necessary already for the next network to work: The internet, providing the backbone, the communication device, in your hand, and you.
From my perspective what we’re lacking is trust. I personally believe that the network, my connections to others (whether in a circle, one-to-one, or “posts” should be not only encrypted and private, but NEVER available to a corporation for it’s own uses, or the network itself. I’ve worked for a few corporations, and wouldn’t leave one to take care of my kittens, let alone my data, habits, or history.
If we could use the unlimited cloud for our shared storage space, the internet for an encrypted tunnel, and our own devices as dumb, thin clients only handling our identification then we’ve got everything we need.
What happened to PGP? What happened to our privacy, liberty and freedoms? You don’t need to put on a tin foil hat anymore. Pretty sure that wikileaks declared they don’t work. We were born into a shared hallucination of these personal liberties and freedoms - but the last time we actually enjoyed them was most likely in middle school. Since then there have been more cameras, more security, and the slippery slope of post-9/11 warrantless wiretaps has yielded a net result of about a half-dozen bad guys, most of whom weren’t on facebook, twitter, or gmail to begin with.
I’d love if this were a continued discussion, and we each examined our top 10 list of what the next social network would look like.
What features are an absolute necessity? Could you jump ship?
As my ello list fills up with my friends who are most decidedly Burners is there a shared sense of decommodification that is taking us there? Or are we just nerds?
I see an infographic of the black wholes of networks past. I was on multiple BBS’s first. Then Compuserve, followed by AOL. I never had a myspace, but if you go there today you get crickets. $192BN for a valuation is strong, but at one point AOL bought Time Warner. Where are we in 10 years? Where will we be in another 50 at my own EOL signal?
So I’m back to my original answer. Ello is a huge, huge bet that the black whole of cyberspace as we approach the AI singularity is still evolving, still moving, still breathing information in and out, spiraling up, eeking out it’s own evolution and end results.
Thanks to my friend for the seed of an idea. Can’t wait to see what’s next for all of us!