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Publish Date28/12/2012 01:20:02 PM
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If you were in a holiday craze-induced coma, then you have missed a lot of fun.
It is how Facebook gaudily ripped-off AppData third-place celebrity startup Snapchat and then fell upside down before the community of tech savvies and press.
Care to know how? Well. Facebook aimed at Snapchat, xeroxed it and had quite the fun with number one position in the app store but then snapped back swiftly to the 36 th place. Now the application called "Poke" is at 50 th within just a week of its release.
The Poke app, rather Snapchat, works simply by sending a photo to a friend. The friend receives it, but then, automatically after three seconds – during the chatting process – the photo disappears once the friend views it. If you like you can check it in the iTunes application store.
Although Snapchat was released July, 2012, the chatting and pictures and videos-sharing service became a very popular app, especially among teenagers in November and December. The service allows the sharing of provocative pictures and videos – commonly known as "Sexting" nowadays – and demonstrates a self-destruction action to the shared item. Go figure, of course it is popular among teenagers.
More the fun? The cool part is, which instigated Snapchat users and the tech community, that Poke not only lacks innovative features – commonly the case when you develop an application – it is the exact clone of it. Seemingly, the only difference between two, is that you can "poke" on Poke, hence the name that is far from anything even closely within range of the term innovation or creativity.
Faithful Snapchat users bashed the giant web media firm for its copycat product; some even went out of their way saying "Facebook is lame for doing this."
"Facebook just pulled a Google+. Not only is this app a blatant rip-off of Snapchat, it is not even a decent attempt. Every aspect of Snapchat is intuitive and easy to use. This is clunky and frustrating. Terrible," one user commented.
Another said – bantering mind you – "Wow Zuckerberg way to rip-off Snapchat. Be original, you seem to have a habit of stealing other people`s ideas."
Although Facebook had fun, more or less, for a few days that is, its Snapchat-clone app popularity plummeted. Tech leaked stories tell that Facebook built (cloned) the app in mere 12 days. Another report suggests that Mark Zuckerberg himself worked on the development of the app.
Poke is being bashed and will likely be down-rated further. Snapchat, on the other hand, relishes in the third-most-popular position still in the iTunes app store.
Well, Facebook. It is your move now, the ball is in your field. Just don`t "clone" it!
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