Why startups shouldn’t be afraid of Facebook cloning them

How long does it take a multibillion-dollar technology juggernaut to clone a popular social networking app? The answer: less than two weeks.

I am, of course, talking about Poke, Facebook’s clone of Snapchat, the app whose messages self-destruct after 1 to 10 seconds. As many people like to point out, it’s perfect for sexting, but there are a lot of other fun and innovative uses for this clever type of messaging.

For all intents and purposes, Poke is almost identical to Snapchat. Snapchat is focused on photos and videos, while Poke adds self-destructing messages and the classic Facebook poke feature to its arsenal. Poke relies entirely on your Facebook friend network, while Snapchat can dig into your contacts and let you share (sexy) photos with strangers.

One key difference: Snapchat already has a loyal user base that sends more than 50 million photos across its network every day, with many of its users teenagers. But Poke is quickly catching up. Within a day of its release, the app rocketed up the iOS charts to become the No. 1 free app in the App Store (it’s now at No. 3). Snapchat currently occupies the No. 7 spot.

It’s an impressive feat to hit No. 1 in the App Store, even for the world’s largest social network. Facebook, unlike other giants, has the ability to quickly approve, build, and release products. The fact that it took just 12 days for this app to become a reality is simply mind-boggling.

Big players entering your market doesn’t equal Armageddon

Should entrepreneurs just give up on their app ideas, simply because Facebook could eventually clone them and crush them with a billion users? Of course not, and anybody who thinks that Facebook (or any other big company) cloning a startup’s product spells Armageddon for that startup doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Remember when Facebook tried to make a Foursquare competitor? How about the time it tried to make a Groupon competitor, and it went nowhere? The same is true of its Quora competitor (Facebook Questions) and even its Craigslist competitor (Facebook Marketplace).

I could go on and on, but the point is clear: a big company launching a clone can be scary, but it doesn’t mean Armageddon. There are two other factors to consider: defensibility and vision.

Remember Facebook Questions? It sure didn’t stop Quora.

(Credit: Facebook)

Defensibility

As I have previously explained in depth, a product’s defensibility comes from either its technology or its traction. Technology startups’ products aren’t easy to clone because they have proprietary technology that even the big companies don’t have. Just imagine AltaVista trying to clone Google — it wouldn’t have succeeded.

The other type of startup is the traction startup, whose product is defensible because it has a growing network of engaged users. Why use a new social network or app, even one from a large company, if your friends aren’t using it?

Instagram is a prime example. There were dozens of photo-sharing apps, but only one with large-scale traction. Facebook knew that Instagram’s was so strong that it posed a threat to Facebook itself, so it did the only sensible thing it could: it bought the company.

Snapchat’s current users aren’t going to immediately abandon the app for Facebook’s Poke. They’ve built up friends, messages, and a history on Snapchat, and they will continue to invite their friends to join. Poke’s launch could affect user growth as potential users may choose it over Snapchat, but Poke also brings a lot more attention to the market and may end up boosting Snapchat’s growth. How both apps perform in the App Store over the next few weeks will give us a better idea of Facebook’s impact on Snapchat.

Defensibility matters, though it’s always better if you have proprietary technology that even Facebook can’t clone.

Vision

The other thing that people seem to be forgetting in the Poke vs. Snapchat debate is the long-term vision and commitment each team has to its respective products.

Snapchat’s founders have been at this since May 2011. They’ve had time to think about the road map for their product, and they don’t have dozens of other products and projects to distract them. Snapchat’s founders reportedly turned down an acquisition offer from Facebook. They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t have a long-term plan they were confident in.

Poke, on the other hand, is essentially a two-week hackathon project led by Zuckerberg and product guru Blake Ross. I doubt they’ve had time to develop a long-term road map for the product. It’s not even clear whether they’re going to keep working on the app or simply let it languish in the App Store. Will Zuckerberg divert engineers and resources to developing Poke for the long haul? I doubt he’s even thought about it.

I don’t know what Snapchat’s long-term vision is, but I bet it involves more than photo messages that disappear after 5 seconds. You can bet Snapchat will come fighting back with new features soon, though. Will Facebook care enough to respond? Perhaps. Will Facebook continue development on Poke for the next two or three years in order to keep up with Snapchat? I personally doubt it.

Final thoughts

My point is this: it takes a lot more than a clone to take out a scrappy startup. It also takes a long-term commitment by a juggernaut. For Facebook to take out Snapchat, it will have to constantly add features to Poke and find ways to either contain Snapchat’s growth or chip away at its core user base. This is easier said than done, even for a company like Facebook.

Don’t be afraid of the juggernaut entering your market, entrepreneurs. If you have a long-term vision, focus on defensibility and build faster than the competition, you’ll eventually become the juggernaut.

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‘Jan the fan’ might be Rolling Stones’ top supporter in Newark tonight

There may be more die-hard Rolling Stones fans than Jan Greiner, but you’d be hard pressed to find one in Newark tonight.

Known by many as “Jan the Fan,” her obsession with the gritty, blues-based British rock outfit started at age 9. Since then, the Stones have been a way of life.

She ran away from home at age 13 to try to follow them on tour. Years later, when she had a son, she named him Brian after Brian Jones, the late Stones guitarist.

For her 60th birthday, Brian bought her a ticket to tonight’s show.

“I’m absolutely speechless — breathless,” Greiner said. “I can remember going to the Mosque theater (Newark Symphony Hall) and taking a picture in front of the sign and doing nothing but screaming.”

An avowed Beatles fan, at the age of 9 Greiner heard ‘Satisfaction’ and from there it was all over.

“I am not gonna lie. It was sex appeal even at that age. Brian Jones and Mick Jagger, they had it going on.” she said.

When she was 13, she sneaked out to see the Stones play Ed Sullivan in New York.

“I go to the Hilton Hotel with a little suitcase packed because I think I’m going to go on tour with them,” The Barringer High School graduate said.”I hid in the bathroom and I got in the elevator with Mick Jagger. Then I waited in the bathroom until 4 a.m. until I could get in the elevator with Brian Jones.”

Tonight, Greiner, joins about 18,000 other fans descending on Newark to catch one of the few stops in the iconic band’s American tour. Greiner who now lives in Union Township, will try to be a little more reserved than her teenage self.

“You’re goal was to get on stage and grab a ‘Stone.’ If you were a true fan you had to get on stage,” she said.

“I tried to do it in Asbury Park and I got thrown out of the show.”

iTunes updated with duplicate song display tool and bug fixes

Less than two weeks after launch, iTunes 11 has been updated to version 11.0.1 which brings back the duplicate song display tool as well as fixes for a few minor issues regarding iCloud and AirPlay.

Available now as an update, iTunes 11.0.1 marks the return of a tool that displays duplicate tracks within a user’s library, and patches a bug that prevented new purchases from appearing in the library if iTunes Match was active. The overhauled iTunes 11 was first released on Nov. 29 with a fresh look, revamped user interface and tighter iCloud integration.

From the release notes:

  • Addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on.
  • Makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library.
  • Fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected.
  • Adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library.
  • Important stability and performance improvements.

The update comes in at 84.72 MB for the OS X version and 84.83 MB for Windows 64, both of which can be downloaded via Software Update or Apple’s Support Downloads webpage.

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Tumblr Blogs Hit by Malicious Worm

A “few thousand” accounts on micro-blogging site Tumblr were hit with a malicious exploit and filled with offensive, spam blog posts earlier today.

Here’s how it happened according to Sophos, a security software firm: the worm took advantage of the site’s reblogging feature, and anyone who was logged into Tumblr would automatically reblog the infections post if they visited the page. Each post had some malicious code embedded inside it.

Tumblr says it has since fixed the exploit, issuing the statement that follows:

This morning, some of you may have noticed a spam post appearing repeatedly on your Dashboard and on the blogs of a few thousand affected accounts. We quickly identified the source, removed the posts, and restored service to normal. No accounts have been compromised, and you don’t need to take any further action. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. As always, we are going to great lengths to make sure this type of abuse does not happen again

So, no, this worm has not affected your computer — it’s restricted to Tumblr’s website.

Tumblr tweeted from its main Twitter account earlier today that it was aware of the issue, calling it a “viral post circulating on Tumblr.  Buzzfeed has a few screenshots of the mayhem.

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