Chinese Mixi clone November 27, 2006Posted by fukumimi in Internet, IT, Japan.
ITmedia had an article (in Japanese) about a Chinese Mixi clone that has been found.
I guess that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery….
Is this the first Japanese website cloned by the Chinese?
The most hilarious bit is when the author had a peek at the source, and apparently found this:
<TD align=middle background=”http://img.life365.com/mycc/0912/right_menu.gif” style=”BACKGROUND: url(http://img.mixi.jp/img/right_menu.gif) no-repeat”><div align=”right”><img src=”http://img.life365.com/mycc/0912/right_menu.gif” width=”59″ height=”19″></div></TD>
So, not just ripping off the design, but also freeloading on the Mixi server too, eh.
Of course, clones have been a part of the Japanese internet scene too, lest we forget. Perhaps most notriously, some of Livedoor’s Web2.0-ish services were basically rip-offs of more well known sites from across the pond.