Social Media

Mad Genius Creates Ello, the Elegant Anti-Facebook

Paul Budnitz — exhibiting photographer and filmmaker, artist, designer toy maker, bicycle enthusiast. Add: social media magnate?

Update #1: Be sure to check out our latest reporting of Ello’s sudden explosion in popularity here.

Update #2: For anyone concerned about the future of Ello, they’ve assured us that the site will remain ad-free and porn friendly!

Update #3: Overwhelmed by the deluge of new users, Ello almost choked off all access for new members, but have gone all-hands-on-deck to keep Ello alive and soldier on through the hype.

For tech entrepreneurs and investors, a social network is the great white whale of startups. Successful ones scale hard and fast, generating mountains of precious user data for advertising clients.

Paul Budnitz, an artist and designer toy maker, thinks that kind of marketer exploitation is downright evil, and has organized a supergroup of artists, programmers, and designers to build a safe haven. It’s called Ello, and it’s a social network with a manifesto. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Jack Dorsey Isn’t Thinking About a Twitter IPO So Stop Asking

Not thinking! (Photo: Flickr)

Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey said he is “not even thinking” about the company’s IPO because he wants to build a “timeless company.” Okay, buddy. [Bloomberg]

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is predicting that phones with larger screens will make tablets obsolete within the next five years. There’s a joke about Mr. Heins predicting the death of a tech trend in there somewhere. [Telegraph]

Turns out Microsoft was the impetus for sleeker site and interface design. Miss you, Metro! [New York Times]

Now two of the Twitter accounts of the U.K. newspaper The Guardian were hacked Monday by the Syrian Electronic Army, resulting in some stressed out social media managers. [AllThingsD]

Here’s a terrible idea: “Samsung reworks Gangnam Style to promote the Galaxy S4 in India.” The results were less than desirable. [TNW]

Acquisitions

Square Acquires NYC Design Agency 80/20

Mr. Borovsky, Mr. Knight and Mr. Lin (Photo: 8020.com)

All-natural candy lover Jack Dorsey announced on his Twitter today that Square, the payment service seeking to disrupt credit card systems, has acquired 80/20, a design agency based in New York. “Square acquires 80/20, one of the best design agencies in the world, and with it, an office in SoHo,” he tweeted. “We believe in NYC.”

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Summer Fun

Fifty Shades Generator Makes Lorem Ipsum Text Dirty

(Photo: USA Today)

If you’re a designer looking for a new way to populate your page with dummy text while you make it all pretty, Fifty Shades Generator may be able to help. The tool, created by an apparently all-male team of designers, scrapes the web for X-rated language to create the dirtiest nonsensical lorem ipsum text you’ve ever read.

We’d type an example here, but we have Google search results to consider. See for yourself.