After the scare, the students needed to unwind. “There were Pygmies in this village,” Kimball recalled. “They were sitting on huge truck tires. I remember one night, we sat around a campfire and we got them high. We took out this huge joint, and everyone smoked dope and got high with a bunch of Pygmies in the Congo.”
I was all settled into my seat with a freshly cucumber-infused bottle of heavily branded water when they broke the bad news: Paul Budnitz, founder of Ello, was AWOL.
His South by Southwest session, "You Are Not A Product: The Ello Revolution," attracted a modest crowd of 60 or so. They'd filed into a drab Hyatt ballroom just south of Austin's town lake enthusiastically enough, poised to telegraph Budnitz's kernels of wisdom to the Twittersphere. Futurist and sci-fi author Bruce Sterling was in the back row, in fact.
But Budnitz never showed. And so we waited.
Already-forgotten, anti-Facebook social network Ello today launched the ability to share music and video clips in its feed, but that won’t matter.
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