Social network newcomer Ello has been going nuclear among people looking for a social network that helps them escape advertising and its evils. And because brands will do everything in their power to sell shit, Ello already has profiles for Netflix, Sonos and news orgs like the Wall Street Journal, the Independent, Engadget, and the Guardian.
This bring a certain confusion for people who aren’t thinking very deeply. That train of thought goes like this: Ello doesn’t sell out to brands, but brands are allowed to be on Ello? Doesn’t that go against their manifesto? Wait, Ello founder Paul Budnitz has one to promote his bicycle company? Hypocrite!
Yes, having marketers aboard ruins everything. Hell, the reason people have flocked to Ello in the first place is escape the social network titans who are alienating every user they can for the sake of advertisers. But there’s a clear divide between Ello simply letting brands make a profile, and re-engineering their site and business model to cater to advertisers, a la Facebook.
Ever feel like Facebook’s targeted advertising has no idea who you are, sending you ads for women’s hygiene products when you’re a man, or ads for dating sites for ethnicities and religions you’re not even a part of? Well, consider yourself lucky that Facebook doesn’t know you too closely — evidently, it’s enough to drive Read More
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Over the last several years, I’ve done
-His efforts worked and the podcast was downloaded more than 100K times right off the bat, at a time when
-I wanted to capitalize on the attention I knew being in the book club would bring, so I decided to pour kerosene on the fire Read More
You know who they are, even if you pretend you don’t. “Pornhub?” you ask. “What’s that?” They’re the site that moves more traffic than Netflix, CNN, Pirate Bay or Alibaba. But even with Pornhub’s pervasive presence as a cultural undercurrent, mainstream media channels still won’t let them advertise their services.
CBS famously blocked them Read More
We know that Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and other services leverage our data to benefit from marketers and advertisers. But a new startup called OwnOut wants to help you get in on the action by leveraging your own data to pit brands against each other in a fight for your loyalty.
“We help brands steal customers,” OwnOut Founder Mike Grassotti said yesterday — nine times actually — at a presentation for ERA Demo Day.
It works like this: customers give over their email account so OwnOut can go in and examine their purchasing habits. If that seems scary, consider: you’ve likely already given that data away to other online services — OwnOut just wants you to benefit directly.
Earlier this month YouTube released the newest edition of its creator playbook for brands, the document which YouTube regularly releases to help inform creators about the best practices for how to be effective. Notably, this new version reflects YouTube’s evolving understanding of itself as a social network, heavily emphasizing the role of Read More
The leaked screenshots from Apple of the project codenamed “HealthBook” have whipped up excited talk about possible wearables from Apple in the near future. But when enough people are generating larger and more sophisticated sets of personal health data, the question isn’t if, but when marketers will arrive to begin buying and selling Read More
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Carl Icahn has launched an information war against eBay’s Board. Not finding traction in going after Scott Cook, Mr. Icahn has shifted his attention to Marc Andreessen, unleashing an onslaught of half-truths and fictions designed to discredit the venture capitalist. This kind of content-driven investment is what Mr. Icahn does.
Anyone who’s seen a video on the internet plays the same routine — wait for an ad to load, hold your mouse over the “Skip Now” button, and zone out while the 5-second timer runs down. Now, a company called
It can be difficult to know who is or isn’t a real person, Read More
Austin Kleon has just released his latest book, Show Your Work, which is a manual for artists and entrepreneurs that hate the idea of self-promotion, but want to find an audience for their work. If you want your work to get discovered, here are Austin Kleon’s 10 rules for sharing like an artist. Read More