So you can now find me on Ello (https://ello.co/anniespratt). Ello is the ad free social network, with the manifesto about not selling your information to the and, transparency and more (read it all here). Lots of bloggers are signing up at the moment, ironically likely many to find out how to promote their blog over on it. This begs the question can a social network ever be ad free? I think not. It might not be making money from adverts but people will self-promote their businesses (and yes, many bloggers are self employed so yarp, it's a business even if you don't think of it that way). I guess the key with Ello is that you can decide what promotion you want to see from others. Ello are going to start introducing features that users can pay a small amount for, a concept I love, but how it will go down with the masses I don't know.
And this leads on to valuing people. I don't care about Facebooks advertising policy - after all a network used by millions has huge overheads. Yes as a blogger the promoted posts are an arse ache and yes using and promoting your page in FB is, arguably, more time consuming than ever before. But I use Facebook everyday and I understand they need to make money to keep running, to grow and improve. Sites like Facebook cater to millions of people. Imagine running something that size to so many people for free. If you are a blogger and have a blog that's (a) Uber popular or (b) Been going a few years and full of images and content, the chances are you have been tapped by you host to upgrade to a better package. Times that by a squillion and well just imagine how much money running a social network, even a new one must cost. There's so many logistics to it all and that's without thinking of how many hackers must be trying to get in to it and security *head spins*. It's easy to criticize these giant companies, but how would you run things. Would you charge people to use Facebook? I would pay to use it certainly
In some Utopian universe good shit would happen for free, all the time, cos your worth it < insert hair swish here> But. Reality check.
Where the dickens has good old on courtesy and appreciation gone? In an age where you can get outstanding images for free, download music for free, connect with people across the world for free, should we not stand back and take a long hard look at things and dare I say it, VALUE what we use. This culture of wanting everything for free, or 'why pay for it if you can it for free' is going to be damaging long term. This isn't about Ello or Facebook valuing people - it's about us valuing people and the services that we use.
Something doesn't sit quite right with me with promoting a new social network in a way that plays on the perceived flaws of another network. Everything needs to be paid for by someone. Value a social network? Pay for it yourself or let your data be used for advertising - dare I say moral vs savvy - both ways are fair enough, in my humble opinion.