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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 February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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