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While Twitter Tweets, Yahoo’s Meme Barks

Yahoo Introduces Its Own Version of Twitter

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Yahoo has introduced their own version of Twitter. For now, at least, you can only use it in Portuguese. It’s called Meme—borrowed from a word coined by Richard Dawkins (he used the word to describe a human gene that causes selfishness).

Critics have compared it to the less popular Tumblr or Posterous—both Twitter wannabes. However, contrary to critics’ allegations, Yahoo’s Meme is not just another Twitter clone. It is a cousin, in that it offers similar features, but a distant cousin, in that it offers a few unique features that Twitter users won’t find.

Yahoo Meme

 Meme users will find the main Meme page to exhibit many of Twitter’s standard features. Users create a name and can follow other users and gain followers, much like Twitter. They can also share photos, videos (currently only via YouTube), and music, in addition to sharing text updates (limited to 140 characters.)

A feature unique to Meme that many believe will enhance its popularity is the “repost” button, which appears next to every feed. Other users can click the repost button and the story will appear in their own feed (similar to Facebook’s friend feed in their most recent update), which is required for commenting on a story. Meme also contains a sidebar indicator that displays how many times a story has been reposted. The repost feature adds a dimension to networking potential that could be particularly useful in viral marketing.

Also like Twitter, Meme uses an animal for its mascot. But this animal doesn’t tweet! It barks! On the current front page, there are three individual dogs. If Twitterers tweet, what will Meme users do?

Meme is currently still in its testing phase, but based on its logo and URL, it’s likely that Yahoo has the vision to expand Meme beyond the Portuguese language.

While Twitter Tweets, Yahoo’s Meme Barks
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    Cool, more social site

  • jpf

    “Meme

  • http://www.aztechenvironmentalservices.co.uk/ Oil Tanks

    I would really like to see some competition for twitter especially by a company that is able to implement adding mp3′s and other social media. twitter has already managed to annoy many people through changing its features ie: @

  • http://inchoo.net Magento developers

    I have a feeling this will be jet another Yahoo!’s FAIL.

  • http://peixenarede.blogspot.com M

    All the “new” features cited Twitter already has thru another sites and apps… What’s the good in start another network? I only need one, and the one we have is the best ’till now.

    repost = retweet (RT) (many apps automate this feature)
    mp3 = blip.fm (only a example)
    photos = twitpic.com
    for all other stuff => many app and twitterfeed.com

    The great thing in Yahoo!’s Meme is the fact it gathers all of it in one place… but what’s new? soon it will be another normal blogging service not a micro-blogging…

  • http://www.kerala-honeymoon-packages.com/ Kerala Tours

    I liked the name, look & feel is also awesome

  • http://computersservicing.blogspot.com/ venkat

    Repost button makes interesting posts get shared on yahoo meme.

  • http://webtoastie.co.uk Kieron Hughes

    I’m sick of people comparing Meme to Twitter (and even Twitter to Facebook!). Meme, while similar in what it can do, is very different to Twitter. It is very tacky, will attract an audience of image-happy users and will certainly not have the guys at Twitter shaking in their boots.

    I’ve just written a blog post about Meme after testing it this last week, you might want to check it out.

    http://webtoastie.co.uk/yahoo-meme-the-new-myspace/

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