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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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            Last Updated on November 5, 2019

            5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

            5 Best Language Learning Apps to Master a New Language

            Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

            The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

            1. Duolingo

              Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

              Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

              The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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              Download the app

              2. HelloTalk

                HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

                There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

                What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

                Download the app

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                3. Mindsnacks

                  Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

                  You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

                  Download the app

                  4. Busuu

                    Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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                    The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

                    When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

                    Download the app

                    5. Babbel

                      Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

                      Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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                      If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

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                      Takeaways

                      All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

                      Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

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