Tuesday July 31, 2007 14:54

Clone SNS Sites

Posted by Channy Yun

Cyworld is one of very unique social network services in the world. Before Cyworld, there were a success case, ILoveSchool based on networking school alumni in 1999. So trying of new startup for SNS has been very rare.

Recently there are new startup services for SNS such as LinkNow.kr, Hutory.net and People2.co.kr. I reviewed these in detail, but I couldn’t find unique things compared with abroad SNS services.

The Web 2.0 trend makes a duplication of ideas and innovations too such as a example of Germany. Korea is not except, Me2day and PlayTalk was on debate who copied ideas and concept each other, but they’re also clones of the Twitter style.

Furthermore, I could find similar icons and user interface as if they want to copy them without weight on mind. Linknow is almost clone of early LinkedIn. As one of heavy user of LinkedIn, I’m very inconvenienced for that. Many newspapers remarked its starting because the founder was influential on that area.

Hutory.net is also very similar with Facebook interface. All of collections are shown in one page such as photo, profile, friends, groups and comments simpler than Cyworld. But, it is a clone of Facebook clone in Germany StudiVZ

Someone may say that clone services are rather than no trying. Copying interface and icons is on a charge of the larceny of intellectual property rights.

5 Responses to Clone SNS Sites



September 3rd, 2007 at 12:47 am

As you can see, there are a lot of so called “web 2.0 services” with similar icons and even whole designs out there. It’s the trendy web2.0-style, a lot of sites look similar to each other.



January 16th, 2008 at 5:05 am

Hi, not directly related but I thought this article might interest you:


It’s about Naver and Daum’s partnerships with Yahoo and Google for sponsored listings.


John Kwag

February 5th, 2008 at 11:09 am

but featureset and icon theft is not being trendy…its being criminally lazy.

and having worked in the sphere during my time at Freechal….its sad, sad, sad that it seems people inthe industry are risk averse and are complete bandwagon tools.

I could have a field day mocking all of these sites.

Wait. that’s a good idea for a blog. 🙂


Top Clone Scripts

October 21st, 2009 at 6:10 am

The whole social networking thing is getting huge, peopel are all doing the same thing over and over again. The real stand outs these days are those who code in Ruby, or have that same look. Twitter, Vimeo, these kind of places are real gems (pun not intended!), and I think that as long as people want to keep being original with their social networking ideas, that is what will make change.


Ian Henderson

May 26th, 2010 at 3:48 am

Most countries in the third world never respects intellectual property rights. piracy is so rampant in asian countries.:*`

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