Can Yahoo Meme Takeover Twitter?

September 18, 2009 | By | 18 Replies More

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Most of you may be aware of the hype that Twitter has been getting these past few years and generally this microblogging platform has indeed changed the way information is shared on the web and how it’s constantly evolving the social media scene.

The network of millions of Tweeters all over the world is as enormous as the applications serving the platform for its users. I even jumped into the bandwagon since I started blogging and as I can see it, Twitter has really gone a long way despite the huge negative feedbacks from the internet media and attacks to the system by the hackers of cyberspace.

Just recently, we came to know that Yahoo has been putting up with something similar to Twitter and now that it has finally gone live. I would like to share with you some tidbits of information about it.

What is Yahoo Meme?

Yahoo Meme (link removed due to 403 errors detected mainly because of privilege-only access) is a service that allows users to share whatever they find interesting on the web—text, photo, video and music all-in-one completely organized tabs which you can find on the dashboard.

Yahoo Meme Dashboard

Yahoo Meme Dashboard

Yahoo hopes to make Meme as an efficient memeplex where fragments of information multiply and distribute, evolve or even die however maintaining its origin while giving credit to where it’s due. Once you post something on your dashboard (called a Meme), it stays with you. The credit is attached to your name, it can only get viral but it can’t be modified.

Meme’s user interface is pretty much easy but I intend not to talk about it for now. There are great features and there are some where you just might get lost. But for the sake of comparing it with Twitter, I must say that we can’t just compare something that is fresh from the oven against something that has been fairly cooked by time.

It’s too early to say where the service is heading but given Yahoo’s resources and marketing reach, we cannot discount that it can be a threat to Twitter soon. What do you think?

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  1. I think Yahoo! Meme is more comparable to Tumblr rather than Twitter. I noticed though that the system is not yet integrated with Yahoo per se like you can’t put Yahoo or Flickr video urls at this point. It will be interesting if updates that you allowed to appear in your Yahoo! Profiles would sync with Meme as well.
    .-= Janette Toral´s last blog ..Blogging from Home – read online =-.

  2. Taufiq Hasan says:

    Yahoo Meme is great, I’ve tried it and I like it.. Maybe it can be a good competitor for Twitter and other microblogging services.
    .-= Taufiq Hasan´s last blog ..Built-in Image Editor on WordPress 2.9 =-.

  3. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Janette,

    It’s good to have you here and thank you for leaving a comment.

    Design-wise and interface–it’s probably comparable with Tumblr. I’m not so familiar with the service because I don’t use it.
    It amazes me that Tumblr still needs Twitter to expand their reach through their interface “Send my Tumblr posts to Twitter” option.

    If I were to look into the big picture being Yahoo, I would want to be as over-hyped as Twitter. This is something that everybody is expecting to come out in the long run, don’t you think?

    Yahoo has the machinery, we all know that. At this stage, they still rely on the feedback. Their first baby steps I think would be coming up with an API, only by then that we’ll expect desktop and web-based apps to connect with the service and eventually start competing with Twitter.

  4. Mathdelane says:

    Great to have you here Taufiq!

    I was test driving the service and I find it unique in some ways. I might post something more about Yahoo Meme soon as a follow-up. Most eyes are on Yahoo Meme right now expecting a lot. Some even called it the Twitter Clone. At this stage, we can’t say that it is a threat but overall it has potential.

  5. Ching Ya says:

    Good job on the introduction, Mathdelane. I’ve heard of Yahoo Meme but have yet given my full attention on its progress. Seems to me it’s also a sharing/microblogging tool but as you said it, I agree it’s a little too early to compare it with Twitter. Do keep us updated with the features.

    Giving credits to original poster, that’s good; however sometimes a little modification is needed to spread the msg, depends. No strong objections on that but glad to know the specialty.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..How To Pick Up From Your Blogging Downturns =-.

  6. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Ching Ya,

    I’m glad you dropped by. Thanks for leaving your first comment.
    I’ll definitely be posting a follow up on this. Stay tuned.

    Regarding credits, a little link love will do just fine.

  7. best satellite receiver says:

    Yahoo meme has a long way to go before it can pose any significant challenge to twitter. I am going to try it and will post my review here for this.

  8. Gautam says:

    Yahoo has tried to reach-out on internet with many new services but none of it was as successful as its messenger. So, comparing Yahoo meme to twitter at such an early stage won’t be a good idea. Twitter, inspite of many hackers attack, has successfully managed to gather huge crowd. And has become the most popular micro-blogging platform. Almost every internet business is using twitter to increase its popularity over the WWW. That’s why it will be quite tough for Yahoo meme to overcome the benchmark setup by twitter.
    .-= Gautam@Oes Tsetnoc´s last blog ..Oes Tsetnoc – Battle of SEO Titans =-.

  9. Mathdelane says:

    I’ll look forward to your review.

  10. Mathdelane says:

    You’re right, it’s definitely too early at this point to compare Twitter against Yahoo Meme but we cannot underestimate
    the power of the second largest search engine provider from getting into the social media scene.

    I’m looking into the possibility of Meme apps once Yahoo releases an API and when that happens, Twitter will surely be getting some hint.

  11. Justin says:

    Hi Mathdelaine,

    You just reminded me that I need to check out my yahoo meme invite. Trouble is at the moment I am so bogged down with other things. I suppose I at least ought to get on there to take up my name!

    Keep me posted if you do a follow up review!
    .-= Justin´s last blog ..All change =-.

  12. Mathdelane says:

    Hi Justin,

    Welcome aboard! I’ll surely keep you posted.

  13. Mathdelane says:

    Guys,
    This is my follow up post Yahoo Meme Features Disclosed. You might not want to miss it.

  14. Mathdelane says:

    @Jim
    Hello, this reply was long overdue but I’ll say it anyway. It’s good to have you here. Yes, Meme has a long way to go and quite a big leap to hurdle actually if they would want to catch up with Twitter.

  15. I really don’t think so…For that matter, Twitter itself is now falling..Mark my word, Twitter would be out of everyday lingo same time next year and will be RIPping the year after..
    .-= Anand Srinivasan´s last blog ..Mobile Paid Apps Revenue Estimates =-.

  16. Mathdelane says:

    With the recent addition of Twitter list, the service has become appalling to use adding up to the congestion you can get out of it. I would remain positive on the thought that Twitter will still exist a little longer and somehow manage their service well focusing on their security measures rather than adding silly and childish functionality like Twitter list.

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