THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK
File this under: WHAAAT!?!?
We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.
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It seems he doesn’t appreciate the way Facebook collects data and sells it to advertisers. Here’s the company’s manifesto taken from their site:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.
You are not a product.

Read more about Ello on the official site where you can’t sign up yet, but you can request an early invite.
Idunno, guys. I mean, if Myspace can’t even make a comeback is there really room left on the Internet (and in our lives) for another social network? Maybe we should all just go back to Xanga.

THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK

File this under: WHAAAT!?!?

We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.

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Instagram Does Video Now

Seems like Vine was getting under their skin. The update has already gone live on iTunes and Google Play, but currently you can only record video on Android devices running Jellybean 4.1+.

WE ARE LAUNCHING A KICKSTARTER!!!
We’re launching a Kickstarter on March 1st to make this site fresher, radder, more… adequate. We want to film a regular series of minidocumentaries about passionate people creating fantastic things. We want to finally be able to afford travelling to all the press events we get invited to. We want to bring you video interviews with your favorite actors, directors, cartoon creators, game developers and more.
In a nutshell, we want to bring you more of the fresh content that brought you here in the first place, only on a much LARGER scale.
Not only that, but we want to turn this site into a legitimate business - a full-blown brand. Original videos, podcasts, livestreams, t-shirts, stickers, convention booths, the whole 9 yards.
Our goal is gonna’ be pretty big, but with over 120,000 Tumblr followers and around 1,000 new followers every day, we’re pretty sure we can make it happen. A project like this takes way more to finance than the site makes from ads in a month (which is about enough to buy a used sports game if we’re lucky).
So far we have some pretty amazing incentives planned. Check it.
PC/tablet/smartphone wallpaper pack with a buttload of wallpapers designed by some insanely talented artists like Byron Buslig, Maré Odomo, Erick Scarecrow, and former editor of Electronic Gaming Monthly/founder of Shawnimals, Shawn Smith!
An Albotas Papercraft figure designed by Mekazoo
A compilation of exclusive chiptune tracks by swell dudes like Ro-Bear and a bonus track by DJ Cutman
A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite Daily Graffiti pix from over the years
A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite geeky custom toys we’ve featured over the years
An exclusive resin figure of our Albotapus mascot produce by Shinbone Creative
We’ve been hard at work planning this project for close to three months now and we’d really like to see all the effort we’ve put into this site over the years pay off. This is our chance to create something truly unique and shine a spotlight on creators and projects that would otherwise go unnoticed. This is our chance to bring all corners of geek culture and creativity into one place like never before.
If you are an artist, brand, or chipmusician who would like to be involved with our Kickstarter backer incentives, please email brownkidd@albotas.
It would mean the world to us if you’d kindly share this post with your friends and loved ones through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Thanks and stay awesome,Robby “brownkidd” Weiss

WE ARE LAUNCHING A KICKSTARTER!!!

We’re launching a Kickstarter on March 1st to make this site fresher, radder, more… adequate. We want to film a regular series of minidocumentaries about passionate people creating fantastic things. We want to finally be able to afford travelling to all the press events we get invited to. We want to bring you video interviews with your favorite actors, directors, cartoon creators, game developers and more.

In a nutshell, we want to bring you more of the fresh content that brought you here in the first place, only on a much LARGER scale.

Not only that, but we want to turn this site into a legitimate business - a full-blown brand. Original videos, podcasts, livestreams, t-shirts, stickers, convention booths, the whole 9 yards.

Our goal is gonna’ be pretty big, but with over 120,000 Tumblr followers and around 1,000 new followers every day, we’re pretty sure we can make it happen. A project like this takes way more to finance than the site makes from ads in a month (which is about enough to buy a used sports game if we’re lucky).

So far we have some pretty amazing incentives planned. Check it.

  • PC/tablet/smartphone wallpaper pack with a buttload of wallpapers designed by some insanely talented artists like Byron BusligMaré Odomo, Erick Scarecrow, and former editor of Electronic Gaming Monthly/founder of Shawnimals, Shawn Smith!
  • An Albotas Papercraft figure designed by Mekazoo
  • A compilation of exclusive chiptune tracks by swell dudes like Ro-Bear and a bonus track by DJ Cutman
  • A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite Daily Graffiti pix from over the years
  • A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite geeky custom toys we’ve featured over the years
  • An exclusive resin figure of our Albotapus mascot produce by Shinbone Creative

We’ve been hard at work planning this project for close to three months now and we’d really like to see all the effort we’ve put into this site over the years pay off. This is our chance to create something truly unique and shine a spotlight on creators and projects that would otherwise go unnoticed. This is our chance to bring all corners of geek culture and creativity into one place like never before.

If you are an artist, brand, or chipmusician who would like to be involved with our Kickstarter backer incentives, please email brownkidd@albotas.

It would mean the world to us if you’d kindly share this post with your friends and loved ones through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Thanks and stay awesome,
Robby “brownkidd” Weiss

Fox News Poops On Social Media.

Fox News takes a break from being terrible so that they can be terrible awesome.

+1, Fox News.

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