Sparked by a influx of people in the LGBTQ community protesting Facebook’s real name policy and blown into a conflagration by the tech blogging and tweeting digerati, the three-month-old social network is being swamped with so many requests its have difficult processing them all.
Thursday Ello said it was getting 4,000 signup requests on hour; Friday it was more than 40,000. The demand forced the site to cap user invitations several times to prevent crashing the system and now there’s waiting list of more than 1 million people. That, of course, dwarfs the size of the actual Ello community.
I was able to snag an account (thanks @dannysullivan), and like the rest of the tech universe with similar access started kicking the tires to see what the network is all about. One thing, it’s not about is advertising, something made perfectly clear in its manifesto, which we covered in a post yesterday.
“It’s totally okay for companies to join Ello, and they can pu…