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12 Things To Know About The New Facebook – Ello

12 Things To Know About The New Facebook – Ello

Ello is an ad free, artsy and minimalist kind of social network. You probably have heard more renditions that have triggered a massive media attention to a website that was started by some friends with a relatively radical approach towards existing social networking setup. Ello is different, and yet familiar. There is a reason why this nascent project is witnessing over 35k hourly sign-ups that led the owners to stop accepting new user subscriptions for the time being. The reasons are uncomplicated design and the core idea – ad free social network. When was the last time you noticed people discussing so much about a new, untested and fashionably radical social networking website?

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    1. Ello is invite only

    Your way to one of internet’s hottest new invite-only clubs is actually only an invite away from another Ello user. You are good if you know a person already on Ello, otherwise wait till the site owners start accepting new users again.

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      Cautionary note: Don’t ask for invites on the Ello sub-Reddit, since that can get you banned!

      2. Ello is not for everybody

      “If it’s too jarring, that’s great. … We did not design this thing to be a mass audience product.” – Todd Berger, Ello co-founder

      3. Ello lets you manage your list as Friends and Noise

      In Ello you place every user followed user into one of two groups: either Friends or Noise. Hence, choose the accounts you follow wisely – the noisy ones or the real buddies. This is definitely among the coolest Ello features.

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        Note: With Noise, the Ello guys refer to people you don’t want rapid updates from.

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        4. Switch between Friends and Noise

        What can you do if a Friend becomes Noise or Noise becomes a Friend? The simple way: Manage your list by dragging users from the left panel to the to Noise or Friend section in the Control Panel. The simpler way: open the user profile and toggle between Friend and Noise.

        5. Finding friends on Ello

        This is the strangest of all features: you can’t add friends if you don’t know their Ello user names. Quite a drag in my opinion.

        6. Ello is GIF friendly

        Unlike its sharp rival Facebook, Ello lets you share image updates, including lovely GIFs. Select the “Say Ello” box at the top > click the squares > hover and select the black box that says “Upload” and share your image with fellow Ello-ites.

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          7. Ad-free for life

          Social network Ello comes with a big statement. Founders have confirmed that it will stay ad-free forever. It also gives its users an “opt-out” option from the Google Analytics tracking, which among other Ello features is an entirely different concept  concerning business aspects.

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          8. Paid features possible in reality

          Ello founders have plans of introducing paid profile upgrades to Ello users for services like data exporting or profile enhancements.

          9. Ello offers no Likes, +1s or thumbs up

          If it wasn’t cool enough, Ello has no intention of keeping Likes or +1s in its setup. This makes it really interesting from marketing aspects, since it would be more challenging.

          10. Ello is private, safe and secure

          “If you want a more private social experience, you may want to flip the switch to off because, as Hoback notes, “If the company can see the information, then the government can see the information.” – Todd Berger, Ello co-founder

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            11. Minimalist and artsy

            Ello offers minimal profile setting, and believe more in intent rather than content. They use Google Analytics to track visitor behavior, but let people make that choice on their own, unlike other major social networks.

            12. Dear Sir, we just need your Email

            Your email is enough to set up an Ello account. Hence, you have the golden ticket, all you need is your email address to do the basic formalities. Ello doesn’t even asks your birth date and gender! Who cares? Sure, they don’t!

            Featured photo credit: Ello via ello.co

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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