On June 29, I checked out Turntable.fm and loved it. As Turntable’s lighting up the Valley at the moment, I immediately asked on Sina Weibo, “Where’s the Chinese clone?” Duomi.fm (多米DJ) has now fulfilled my ‘wish’.
The site, currently in closed beta, seems to shamelessly clone every aspect of Turntable.fm. DoNews has posted screenshots (below) by way of geek social network DoNews 5G. Pixel-by-pixel UI copying (of the now outdated version of Turntable.fm)–must we really?
Copy2China is exactly what it sounds like: A Chinese company clones a foreign website or business. Most clones start with ‘perfection’ (an exact replica) though many later evolve in their own direction.
But for foreign sites, knowing that you’re cloned in China and observing the clones can provide insights to China, ranging from product localization to user reactions. With that in mind, I present Shanzhai Factory as a review of the state of C2C in China.
Tumblr, a quick-blogging platform, is a runaway success. But it’s block of IP addresses are blocked by the Great Firewall, leaving China’s netizens without such a simple, elegant solution… until now. Last weekend, I received a beta invitation from DianDian (点点), a new startup with an experienced team. I saw immediately that we now have a perfect Tumblr clone in China.
Groupon is a 6 billion dollar valued company in perhaps the fastest growing eCommerce sector – group buy, it was one of Google’s priority targets. Now it’s ambition has turned to China the largest consumer market in the world that has turned down some the giants in internet industry, eBay failed and Google forced off to Hong Kong.
Groupon’s goal for the Chinese market is to the largest group buy site by end of May with over 1000 employees by March, Groupon’s management team is optimistic about their venture in China, but they has already made a number of critical mistakes and are facing even worse challenges, is Groupon ready to challenge the Chinese internet market?
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