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Cloning Web 2 – Youtube, MySpace

Business2.0 just released in its august edition (print magazine) a list of clones per country of 4 star Web2.0 companies Digg, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn. There is just one problem, the information is pretty much inaccurate and even wrong. Let’s take France for example. SkyBlog, the largest french social network, is nowhere near FaceBook, and even so it was there much before (would be closer to MySpace maybe). Scoopeo, supposed to be a Digg clone, is not a French company, but a Belgium company (the service is in French though). DailyMotion was created before YouTube: who is cloning who?

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August 9, 2007 Posted by | clone, web2, youtube, youtube clone | 1 Comment

Cloning Web 2.0: A Look at Copycat Applications

I know I recently railed against copycat sites — I assure you that the irony of this post isn’t lost on me. But as they say, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” As I said in my post 3 weeks ago, “if you do feel the need to borrow an idea, you should definitely make changes and try to innovate and push the concept in new directions.”

YouTube was one of the first big success stories of web 2.0, cashing in for over $1.65 billion last fall when it was acquired by Google. AlstraSoft’s Video Share Enterprise is a PHP/MySQL script that clones YouTube. Video Share duplicates most of YouTube’s features pretty well, and powers a number of small-to-medium sized sites, such as the paintball video sharing web site Xhaled. Also check out another YouTube clone script vShare. It seems unlikely that either of these scripts could scale out of the box to support anywhere near the traffic of YouTube, though.

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July 26, 2007 Posted by | clone, web2, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment

Web 2.0 madness grips China

A rising middle class, cheap start-up costs, increasing penetration of PCs and Internet-enabled cell phones, and an ability to tap the local market better than multinationals like Google or Amazon.com, among other factors, is fueling a rush into Web sites, online games and companies with novel advertising pitches.

Margins are tight and competition is intense, but there’s a huge payout for the winners.

One of those winners is Kevin Li, founder of video-sharing site KU6.com. Li is probably the most enthusiastic person I’ve ever met.

He bounds past workers installing ceiling tiles and fixing the elevator to greet me. “You’re the first visitor in our new office. Ha ha!” he exclaims, adding that the old office was a rented house.

Li has a lot of reasons to be excited. Last September, when it launched, KU6.com was one of more than 200 newly minted video-sharing sites in China. Now, it’s one of the fastest-growing survivors. The site attracted 2 million unique users a day in the last week of May, Li claims, and unique users have been growing by 200,000 a day on average per week. KU6.com, which broke even in three months, is the 46th most popular site in China, according to Web site ranker Alexa.

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June 18, 2007 Posted by | clone, video, web2, youtube clone | Leave a comment

CrowdRules Launches, Not Just Another YouTube Clone

The new video sharing site CrowdRules is a new take on the online video dome. The video sharing site allows the users to insert the URL of a video they would like to share with others and receive feedback for the same.One of the features on the site dubbed “Challenge” is aimed at holding contests to get the ranking of a video, and posting videos for the voting purpose. Anyone can commence the challenge. It was good to see that the users can export the challenges to personal profiles on sites such as MySpace, Piczo etc.

For now, they are experimenting with videos only. Anyhow, they have plans to support text, photos, news, blogs, podcasts, audio and documents in the near future. CrowdRules can be used for audience testing, band battles, film festivals, market research and many more things.

CEO of CrowdRules
has commented on the voting style at the site and said:

The voting on YouTube and other video sites can be gamed, so the results aren’t reliable, i.e., business decisions can’t be based on them. By keeping the voting honest, CrowdRules allows people to get meaningful ratings and rankings on anything.

They say that YouTube is just for fun and they have designed CrowdRules as a contest-oriented question and answer site with videos.

In nutshell, CrowdRules is a new spin on the idea of online video sharing by allowing group formation around the videos. Click here to know more about the site.

May 8, 2007 Posted by | clone, youtube clone | 2 Comments

Yahoo! Japan Launches Digg Clone

Yahoo! Japan Corporation has recently unleashed a new service called Minna Topics.  The website has a Digg-like rating system and utilizes popularity clouds.  The stories that users post can be categorized and commented on.  Users can also subscribe to the website using RSS.There is only so much I learned browsing the site using Google translator, but from looking at the number of votes on the particular stories, it seems to be a hit.  Yahoo! seems to have a strong market-share in Japan.   This is evidenced by the fact that Yahoo! Japan is ranked #10 in the Alexa Global Rankings and #1 in Japan.  It is also evidenced by this commercial of Yahoo! Japan’s phone software featuring Cameron Diaz:

March 22, 2007 Posted by | clone, video, youtube, youtube clone | Leave a comment