Retweet.com Launches, Will TweetMeme Eat It Alive?

Filed as Features on August 20, 2009 5:16 pm

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Mesiab Labs have launched Retweet.com, its TweetMeme competitor that looks more and more like a clone. Judge for yourself.

Here’s Retweet.com:

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Looking familiar?

And here’s TweetMeme:

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They are both pretty similar, albeit not identical. On the other hand, both have ripped Digg off, so what’s the big deal, right?

Well maybe the big deal is the fact that Retweet.com isn’t trying to brand itself more uniquely. That might or might not mean something. Maybe they want us to mix them up while trying to catch up to the mighty lead that TweetMeme, the Digg of tweets, or maybe they just think this is the best way to present the service?

That race might be a short one, should Twitter get its way with the phrase “retweet”. On the other hand, the microblogging service is eying “tweet” as well so that could possibly mean that TweetMeme hangs loose as well. For some reason I think Retweet.com is more in Twitter’s headlights, but maybe that’s just me reacting to what’s been written online?

Anyway, all those trademark thoughts might not mean so much. Sam Johnston has a nice post (found via Mashable) on the matter. In short, if you follow his reasoning, the idea that “tweet” might be trademarked by Twitter isn’t likely to happen. The same should apply to “retweet”, meaning that Retweet.com might be in the clear.

Three things strike me:

  • Will Retweet.com be able turn all those big heavy blogs already having implementet the TweetMeme button around to its server? There needs to be money and gains involved for that to happen, and the chance of winning $10,000 isn’t likely to do the trick with these giants.
  • If Twitter should be able to trademark “retweet” and “tweet”, is Retweet.com more exposed to cease and desists than TweetMeme? I would think so. And don’t forget, the @retweet Twitter account is suspended.
  • What will happen if Twitter gets serious about retweets? They are working on it, and that might mean the end of both services, although not very likely in my opinion. But think about it, a pumped up Twitter with retweet exposure, why not push that rather than TweetMeme or Retweet.com?

What do you think, does Retweet.com stand a chance at all?

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  1. By Wallace posted on August 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm
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    it looks like a copy cat, i would keep to use tweetmeme anyway.

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  2. By reuben posted on August 21, 2009 at 12:23 am
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    haha just found a picture of where all retweet.com’s initial launch day traffic came from? any guesses…. Europe!! Tweetmeme is located in Europe so its no doubt why the press has been so one sided! I love the under-dog.. so I’m all for RETWEET.com

    cheers =)

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  4. By キャッシング posted on August 21, 2009 at 11:15 am
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    very good i like Retweet.com

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  5. By Andrew posted on September 24, 2009 at 5:41 am
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    Well, if you want to build a website, you must assume that someone will copy your look if it goes success. But that’s just the look, sometimes time itself is a big advantage, if you provide the same funcs, why would people came your site, you must have something unique, something better.

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