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Clones 2.0: Social Networking Clones by Country

Business 2.0 Magazine published a feature in their August edition entitled “Send in the Clones”. International entrepreneurs, inspired by the success of some of the biggest Web 2.0 services, have created their own local knockoffs. TechCrunch rebuts “Who is cloning who?”, pointing to some comparative mistakes and first-to-market mixed ups.

Here’s the chart that was included in the print:

Web 2.0 Clones

The list unexpectedly included countries such as Mexico and Turkey having their own local version of Digg, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. And to think, Turkey has the most expensive broadband prices in the world — $81.13 (Php3,650.85) per megabit per second.

In the Philippines, I can name about half a dozen sites similar to Digg. This is primarily caused by the open-source software called Pligg. You can basically run your own Digg site in minutes. Facebook? Yup we got one in the form of Eskwela. As for LinkedIn and YouTube, there seems to be none at the moment.

The other question would be “why localized Web 2.0 counterparts don’t work?”. I think it’s both language and culture.We’re more attuned to the western cultural influence and we’re proficient in English. If the vastly popular and original one works just fine, why make another local version?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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32 Responses

  1. ia says:

    Are these valid answers? :D


    – looks like it’s dead and here’s what I got when I tried to load it using Google’s Cache: “Your search – cache:http://labs.synetixsuite.com:85/YouTubeClone/ – did not match any documents.” Hahah.


    I think it’s worthy to note where Friendster is in all of this.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Business 2.0 needs more research. They forgot to credit Friendster. Facebook is the clone here.

  3. Jack-in-the-box says:

    HI Jeffrey! I agree!
    And digg is the clone of sitecharts.com!

  4. arnold says:

    “As for LinkedIn and YouTube, there seems to be none at the moment.”

    – back in June 2006, I blogged about Pinoytube When checking it awhile ago, it was a dead site. Anybody knows what happened to Pinoytube?

  5. Jeffrey says:

    The discussions/comments over at TechCrunch turned into a heated argument. The B2 writer giving his piece as well as the the TC blogger.

  6. Jamerson says:

    I agree with ja, pinoychannel.tv seems alive and very active. When I missed my favorite pinoy shows on tv, I usally go there and bingo. Its layout and functionality seems ok but never really explored its entirety as I’m just interested with the latest local tv series posted there the next day it was aired.

  7. hey, what about this site? it’s a social networking site as well.

  8. PiNoy says:

    TxTFlix.com is da bomb!

  9. Goe D says:

    Have you tried http://www.ebenta.com – a dig clone (local site) edited to match and powered by pligg.

  10. picTYORS.com says:

    I don’t see a relevance and need to clone a digg site since digg is now for sale but the buyer is yet to be found. You won’t sell anything if it’s making a lot of profit.

  11. Ramil says:

    Here’s also another Digg clone powered By Pligg: http://www.earnersclub.net/

  12. Pinoy-Pride says:

    Pinoy Pride a new site
    Check it out

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