Fantastic article about Ello on BetaBeat.
Eat 24’s amazing breakup note with Facebook. Down with the evil empire!
Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.
You are not a product.
Articles that are well made, by hand, though expensive, can be enjoyed for generations. This considered, they are not expensive after all. The chief characteristic of handcrafts is that they maintain by their very nature a direct link to the human heart, so that the work always partakes of a human quality.
Machine-made things are children of the brain; they are not very human. What seems to be a great advance is also a great step backwards.
— Soetsu Yanagi, The Unknown Craftsman
Every day there’s more internet.
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