Social Media

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

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Attention, Reed Hastings: The S.E.C. Says Social Media Announcements Are Okay, If You Meet These Conditions

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Oh the times, oh the customs! These days, with every Tom Dick and Harry CEO maintaining a Twitter account and public Facebook page, it’s easier than ever to violate the S.E.C.’s rules about where you can disclose key information so all your shareholders see it. That’s already gotten Netflix CEO Reed Hastings into a little trouble (not that his example stopped rogue Tesla CEO and would-be Martian Elon Musk).

Well today the S.E.C. announced that it’s a-okay to announce “key information” (like sales figures) via social media, “so long as investors have been alerted about which social media will be used to disseminate such information.” Read More

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What’s Good for the Pope is Good for the Ayatollah: Khameini Joins Facebook


So what if Iran doesn’t “like” Facebook—if government Internet filters block the social media site, if a state-run news channel once claimed that Mark Zuckerberg offered a cash prize to Israelis that kill Palestinians?

When you’re Supreme Leader, those kinds of national prejudices don’t apply: Ayatollah Ali Khameini created a Facebook profile on Friday, Read More

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Cries for Gun Control Resound Across Social Media Following Mass Shooting at Connecticut Elementary School

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Following the devastating news that 27 people, including 20 children, had been killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, many immediately took to their Facebook and Twitter pages to lament what they see as the U.S.’s frightening lack of gun control. In New York, #guncontrol trended on Twitter throughout the afternoon, with everyone from casual observers to celebrities to pundits weighing in on how stricter gun laws could have stymied the actions of the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Read More