Ello > Facebook
For various reasons I'm not going to be able to "quit Facebook" any time in the foreseeable future.
However I've found something that works pretty well and has a future I'm much more excited about: Ello
Feature wise, it does not match Facebook, and probably won't have all the features I really want in a social network for at least a couple years.
However it has something else going for it, it's a public benefit corporation.
I've been thinking a lot about Ello in the past couple of weeks and I think it's fair to compare what they are doing to Wikipedia or Craigslist. If Ello can marshal just enough resources and users, with the goal of making the world a better place I think it will allows Ello to make fewer compromises and build a better experience that will ultimately attract a greater and greater share of users.
It's possible of course that social networking is too different from other web applications like Wikipeida and Craigslist. Maybe it's inherently more expensive. Maybe it is too expensive now, but someone day the future it won't be.
Maybe all the money Facebook and it's ilk have, will allow them to innovate so quickly no one will be able to create a compelling alternative. I doubt this though. I'm excited about Ello as it exists today and their ideas for the future. If Ello fails I think a similar non-profit-ish model will eventually succeed at becoming the dominate social networking platform.
If you're interested, here's how Ello describes what they are doing.
My personal plan is to become a Facebook lurker even more then I already am. If you've noticed I didn't wish you happy birthday on Facebook, don't be offended, it's not personal. Maybe every now and then I'll post a link to something I posted on Ello, just to remind people that's where I am.
Right now Ello is invite only but I have some invites, let me know if you want one.