Over the past week there have been several blogs going around about new “up and coming” programs that have essentially ripped off their design concepts from other programs. I wanted to highlight to two main ones that just completely shocked me.
If you have ever been on Heello.com you will understand why I bring up this site. It has been said that this site was actually launched by the founder of Twitpics as a means of recouping users after losing them to Twitter’s photo sharing ability. The Heello.com site looks very similar to Twitter with people who are listeners and listening, with pings instead of Tweets, and echo’s instead of retweets. The site also restricts you to text of 140 characters or less.
Check this site out for yourself. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think
Some say Yammer.com is a great way for corporations to connect internally with other employees on a private platform. But I still can’t help but notice the similarity between Yammer and Facebook. The program currently only allows you to connect with a work email (similar to when Facebook first came out with school emails), you have the ability to create your own page, private message others, and your profile feed looks very similar to that of Facebook.
I would love to hear from you if you have used either of these sites. Do you like either sites? What do you think of the similarities between Facebook/Yammer and Heello/Twitter?
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