There’s a cyberwar on and we’re losing. The New York Times reports 10 financial institutions including JP Morgan Chase are compromised and we don’t know the extent of the damage. Home Depot, Target (asking for it), Ebay, P.F. Chang’s, the Montana Health Department, and Domino’s Pizza (Belgium and France), have all been attacked in 2014, more than 1,000 businesses in total.
Meanwhile the hot new social network startup Ello is capturing 20,000 users per day, despite grave warnings that their business model doesn’t make sense unless there’s something we don’t know about it. One rave review mentions the total lack of political content. Do you believe that all those creative free-thinking American citizens suddenly tacitly agreed to stop discussing politics when they joined this site? I joined up to ask them that very question.
Never got the chance. I crashed into a wall of beautiful information, one of a kind images, painting, skateboarding, street art, architecture, graphic design, animation, so much eye candy my brain took a dump. An hour later I remembered that I wanted to know something about this labyrinthine memory palace, a question what was it?
Politics, why is nobody talking about politics? My friend expressed curiosity about the lack of political discourse on the site. I should search for politics. Where’s the search feature? There isn’t one. Wait what’s this picture? Eventually I found out about shello.co. If ello.co is a beta, then shello.co is an alpha, averaging five to ten results. The most I got was 97, keyword: love. You voluntarily sign up to be in shello.co. Most people don’t.
Somehow I happened upon @spamking Adam Guerbuez. Interests include hacking, cracking, code, wealth, profit, BlackHat. Apparently, Zuckerberg sued this guy for $873 million. That’s a lot of spam money. Without an invite, he had an account in under 30 seconds. He advertised bots that could get you loads of follow backs, like one per second. He advertised stalking lessons, how you could use an IP address (ello.co pay attention) to find out who and where anyone on the internet really exists.
And this guy, who knows hyperbolically more than me about computers and the internet, complained that he couldn’t find his friends, family, coworkers, or people living in the same city on ello.co, which is the same complaint I have. Anonymity works on reddit.com because the site is searchable for content. On ello.co we have the alogrithm, the most popular posts, and the noise we choose to follow, but we can’t find our friends.
It comes down to whether the social network is really social, about real communication, or just entertainment, like TV. Ad free world class art is charming, but it’s not real life. Let us talk to each other. Tear down that wall.
Categories: Internet/Telecom/Social Media