In a stretch of days that just seem to get a bit more bizarre by the day (and I’m not even including any of that political stuff), this one was right up there:
1) I have an Ello account?
2) Someone other than me knows that I have an Ello account?
3) What’s Ello??
OK, that last one’s not quite true. I do know what Ello is, sort of. I remember it came out a few years ago as “the next Twitter” or “the next FaceBook” or “the next [insert Platinum Unicorn social media upstart de jour here]”.
To the best of my knowledge, I never even made a “Hello, world!” post there. My posts from here don’t cross-post to there like they do for Twitter, FaceBook, Linkedin, Tumblr, and even Google+. (I actually know two, maybe three people, who actually use Google+) I remember noting that Ello existed and signing up simply to preserve my name and ID on it should it ever actually become anything.
So while I’m sure “robin_garcia” is a lovely person in real life, I’m pretty sure the Ello account with her name on it is actually a bot in either Russia, Uganda, or SomethingUnpronounceableStan which scraped her data from some other site. It’s not at all clear why someone would make an Ello bot account – it would seem to be like a counterfeiter trying to make a career out of creating fake pennies.
I’m not even going to bother to try to guess what my Ello password is so I can get back into that account. If Ms. Garcia truly exists and somehow is dying to reach me, I think contacting me here would probably be far more efficient.
P.S. – Is “Ello” supposed to be like a Cockney accent version of “Hello,” like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins?
In the meantime, I’m not even goint