19 November 2015

Simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network for artistic people

Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers. Originally, it was built as a private social network, but later it was converted to the public network due to the overwhelming demand.

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Ello is a community of creators, thinkers, and dreamers sharing inspiration through images and stories.

Ello is not about who you are with or where you are going. Ello feeds your imagination and reminds you to let yourself wander. It is a visually driven network where you will find things you can’t find anywhere else.

Ad-free forever, your posts live in a safe and beautiful space that is easy to use, and with a host of features that amplify your creativity.

Ello is a new space where you connect with new people and things beyond your current social circles. It is a friendly community that welcomes everyone— from professional artists and creators to bloggers, curators, and everyday dreamers. If you live to be inspired or inspire others, Ello is for you.

Publish full-screen images, video, audio, GIFs, and long form writing in a simple and clean environment that brings out the best in creative work. Share what you care about most. Let inspiration be your guide.

To assure that Ello always remains ad-free, Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). A Benefit Corporation is a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its investors.

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The Ello PBC charter states in the strongest legal terms possible that:
1) Ello shall never make money from selling ads;
2) Ello shall never make money from selling user data; and
3) In the event that Ello is ever sold, the new owners will have to comply by these terms.

In other words, Ello exists for your benefit, and will never show ads or sell user data.

28 October 2015

Retroshare – Secure Data Transfer – Connect with Friends and Family with Ease

Retroshare creates encrypted connections to your friends. Nobody can spy on you. Retroshare is completely decentralized. This means there are no central servers. It is entirely Open-Source and free. There are no costs, no ads and no Terms of Service.

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Main Features

* Chat
Send text and images. Discuss with various people in chat rooms. Express your emotions with the rich smiley set. Use distant chat to chat securely with friends-of-friends.

* Voice and Video
Make free and secure calls with the VoIP plugin. Catch up face to face with a video call.

* Mail
Send encrypted messages to other members of the network. Retroshare can store encrypted messages on friends nodes to deliver messages while you're offline.

* File sharing
Share files with your friends or with the whole network. Use the search to find files. Retroshare uses swarming similar to BitTorrent, to accelerate the download. This makes it possible to share big files with 1GB or more. Your privacy is protected with anonymous tunnels. Only your direct friends might learn which files you download.

* Forums
You can read and write forum posts offline. This is perfect while you are on the go. When you have an Internet connection, Retroshare will automatically synchronize forums with your friends. Decentralized forums are censorship resistant by design.

* Posted
Share your favorite links. See which links others like. Vote and discuss links.

* Channels
Publish files in channels. Subscribe to channels and automatically download the latest files. Comment on files and spread them to your friends.

* Hide with Tor
Need to hide from Internet surveillance? Can't connect to your friends because of censorship? Use Retroshare over Tor to hide the connection between you and your friends.

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How does it work?

Retroshare is a network of computers. These computers we call nodes and every user has its own node. Neighbors only know the exact location (the IP-address) of nodes. You invite someone to become a neighbor by sending your public key.

Forums use pseudonymous nicknames to identify people. The nickname system uses cryptographic keys to verify messages come from specific authors. The nickname information travels wherever the forum post goes.

If you send a message to a user, the system delivers it to his node by searching for a route by forwarding it via a chain of neighboring nodes. If you want a certain file, your node asks your neighbors and they in turn request it from their neighbors.

16 October 2015

Tawk.to - The Best Way to Communicate with your Website Visitors

Tawk.to is a free live chat app that lets you monitor and chat with visitors on your website or from a free customizable page. No catch. No spam. No wares. It is truly free and always will be.

All the premium features you would expect, just without the price tag! There is no 'premium' version, just one version for everyone, with nothing to pay. Ever.

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Main features:

1. Custom Widget
Modify the Size, Colors, Position and Content of the visitor widget to suit your website. You can even customize the widget to suit your language!

2. Chat History
View a complete history of every chat you and your team have had. Your transcripts are stored indefinitely and you can delete them at any time.

3. Automated Triggers
Triggers allow you to set automated messages based on multiple conditions, like time, visiting a specific page, or performing a certain action etc.

4. Shortcuts
Save time by answering frequently asked visitor questions with shortcuts. Shortcuts are a major time saver, and they allow you to share recommended messages or answers with new members of your team. e.g. Instead of typing "Hello, welcome to our website, how can we help?" you could create a shortcut that is simply /hello

5. Multiple Agents
tawk.to is an agent centric application, as opposed to company centric. What this means, is that every agent is an administrator of their own account and can be invited to share multiple different 'sites' or 'pages'. You can add an unlimited number of agents!

6. Aliases
You can have multiple aliases, so you can answer each chat with whichever name you like. Each alias can also have its own profile picture, work title etc.

7. Custom Pages
If you do not have a website you can create custom Pages (e.g.: tawk.to/YourBrand), share the link and then start accepting chats instantly. You can create as many Pages as you like!

8. Visitor Monitoring
Track and monitor the visitors on your website in real time, watch as they navigate from page to page within your site. Gain key insights in to visitor behavior, and track their geographic location, return visits and much, much more.

26 September 2015

How to Embed your Facebook Page Events into your Blog?

Have you ever wanted to display and syndicate Facebook Events on your website or blog?

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The free Facebook Events Plugin does just that! Easily generate customized widgets for usage on HTML-supporting websites.

Fill the widget configuration details, and in couple of minutes, you will get ready to embed widget to your blog or website.

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Service is free and does not require registration.


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