Social media network Ello is currently receiving up to 31,000 requests an hour from people wishing to join its social network platform, its founder has told the News Agency.
Social network Ello has been dubbed the “anti-Facebook” because it carries no advertisements. It was primarily designed to just be used by about 90 friends of its founder Paul Budnitz.
But the bike shop owner, from the US state of Vermont, opened it to all on 7 August. It has been dubbed the “anti-Facebook” social network because of a security to carry no adverts or sell user data.
However some experts have cautioned that it might struggle with plans to charge micro-payments for certain “features”. The site has a minimalist design and does not appear as user-friendly, at first glance, as more established networks.
Ello founder Paul Budnitz is a bike shop owner from the US state of Vermont It has already survived a reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack – a targeted flood of internet traffic – which briefly knocked it offline over the weekend.
“We’re learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back end,” founder Paul Budnitz told the News Agency.
“It’s in beta version and it’s buggy and it does weird stuff – and it’s all being fixed as quickly as we can. said, its founder Paul Budnitz”
Mr Budnitz added that he was “flattered” by the “anti-Facebook” description, but said that was not the way he saw his service.
“We don’t consider Facebook to be a competitor. We see it as an ad platform and we are a network,” he explained.
The network will eventually make money by selling access to features, Mr Budnitz added.
“Like the app store, we’re going to sell features for a few dollars,” he said.
Members can already check out features in development on the page and register their interest.