Brands are welcome to join Ello, but sponsored posts are out of the question, since the hottest new social network is adamantly against advertising.
Ello, the newest social media network on the block and the latest to offer an ad- and data-mining-free zone, promises to be the antithesis of Facebook. And with a manifesto that reads, "Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that's bought and sold," it certainly sells itself as just that.
But while Ello strives to be the antidote to Facebook, there are similarities between the two. For example, much like the early Facebook, Ello isn't accessible to the general public. Available only from current users or by submitting a request on the homepage - the platform is currently fielding 40,000 requests every hour — invitations are coveted enough that people are selling them on eBay for up to $50.
There’s no denying that there’s a glut of mobile messaging apps all vying for attention, even though the majority aren’t really that different from each other.
But ComiXchat, a mobile chat app launching today, has a unique spin: Instead of using those boring multi-colored chat bubbles, it displays conversations as sequential panels of artwork that tell a visual story. So you end up building a comic strip as you talk to friends, and it doesn’t require any more effort than a regular chat app.
Yesterday evening Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel sat onstage at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit and made headlines with his statement that ads will be coming “soon,” and that they’ll be in the app’s Our Story feature.
He also added that they would not be targeted to users based on tastes, and from his description, they will not interrupt users’ one-on-one communications.
Now, this isn’t all that shocking. When Snapchat introduced Our Story back in June, it was pretty darn obvious that the feature would become an occasional billboard.
This story originally appeared on Reuters
Facebook Inc, which closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, has no near-term plan to make money from the service, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday.
Zuckerberg, who is visiting India to participate in an event to boost Internet usage, did not give details.
First there was bendgate... now brace yourself for hairgate.
Fresh from the online uproar over whether the shiny new iPhone 6 bends when carried around in pockets, Apple has been hit by a new complaint - that the handset traps users' hair or beards when they make calls.
It is difficult to gauge whether there is any real issue, but Twitter users have made #hairgate a rising social media trend, leading major news outlets to pounce on the story.
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