Sometimes I’ve wondered why Facebook has no competition … if nobody bothers or they give up before they’ve even started?! In fact, I’ve thought of it quite often. Even though I don’t do much in there, I feel stuck … as if I can’t leave. Okay, there’s Google Plus, which has a beautiful interface, both web and mobile, but I have this strange feeling about it. I don’t know how long it’s going to last. Admittedly, I haven’t been very active there and don’t have too many contacts there.
If anyone was interested to start something, it would be extremely difficult for them to get people to move over from FB. For a while, a few weeks ago, there was a lot of hoopla about something new, called Ello. It’s in beta, and invitation only. They got a lot of attention for a while, I signed up for an invitation but still haven’t seen one! That was about two, three weeks ago. Yesterday, I got one, from a friend, and signed up.
Looked around in there for a while, but didn’t know what to do. For a while, I thought I’d lost that feeling of getting excited about new stuff online. Back in the days of FriendFeed, we saw new things all the time, we signed up, they came and went … not many are left, but it was fun. Then came the wave of migration to FB and after that nothing much has happened.
There was Google Wave for a while and then Google Buzz, but that never caught on for real, and were shut down. Google Plus has a steady user base, from what I understand, but I have this feeling they are mainly those ‘technically inclined’ … or however to put it.
Today, I came across a little video that reassured me that I wasn’t alone about feeling lost there in Ello.
In today’s day and age, I don’t think I’d let it out, even in Beta, before it had a mobile app. Also … given the beta testers more invitation links. That’s corrected now though, I got 10 when I signed up yesterday.
Could you think of anything that would make you move from Facebook?