Today, TechCrunch reported that Yahoo is playing around with micro-blogging in different languages – Portuguese, Spanish and now in English. This seems to have duplicated some features of Twitter and Tumblr.
However, the site seems to lack some perspective. Not all features seem to be functioning properly and I am confused where to find the English language selection in the first place. It is located at the bottom of the page. It seems like “invite only” approach at the moment but it will be interesting to see what Yahoo has in mind for micro-blogging.
How long will it survive? Well it is a question that I don’t have answers to today but I would assume that it won’t be easy for Yahoo to challenge competitions like Twitter who is now established and growing very fast. It will need a lot more effort from Yahoo’s part to make it to the mainstream.
To me, this seems like a “me too” kind of product launched by Yahoo. I don’t think it will catch the mainstream unless their engineers really roll up the sleeves and get some real engineering done. Something that is going to be unique compared to Twitter and others out there.
Anyhow, we will track Yahoo Meme in our startups to see how far they get to.