Last time I saw so much buzz around a social network we were awaiting the grand opening of Google Plus: the newest kind on the block, Ello, promises to be very different from existing social networks.
No ads. Never. So how are they going to make money? This topic is clearly addressed in the WTF page (only accessible to members):
So the obvious question is therefore: what sort of feature would users pay money for?
Having some experience with Social Networks I asked myself this question, and came up so far with five answers.
Features I’d pay for on Ello
(I am not counting basic features such as hashtags and location which I think will come anyway for all users)
- negative hashtags – i.e. I don’t want to see anything on the 2018 World Cup = “-#Wc2018”
- frequently used hashtags on user profiles – i.e. @John often posts about #travel, @Judy often posts about #fashion
- following a user+hashtag combo – i.e. I want to see what @john says, but only on #football
- content type follow – i.e. I want / don’t want to see pictures
- hashtag + location user search – i.e. let’s see who posted about #sushi in Portland, Ore.
I am sure there are more, and I’d love to hear your ideas.