Yahoo Meme – Will it overtake Twitter ?

It seems that Yahoo does not want to give up about it’s non-existence on the social media sphere and desperately wants an entry into the most happening and talked about word on the internet. After unsuccessfully trying and then shutting down Yahoo 360 and another service for the Indians only, it’s trying out on an new concept which is a Twitter + Facebook = Meme.

I recently got an invite and decided to give the new application a try. Yes, a of now, it’s by invite only.

Yahoo Meme is by invite only

Yahoo Meme is by invite only

Well, if you are a person who wants reads the conclusion first, then my view is it is definitely worth a try. Let’s come to the detailed analysis of Meme.

First and foremost is that anyone can follow anyone, you don’t need permissions and do not necessarily follow back, just like twitter. People can see your tweets or mem’s or whatever it will be called, but only if they view your profile. Unlike twitter or facebook, a meme home page does not list what everyone tweets or shares. It shows only your own mem’s (I’ve decided to call it mem). It has a dashboard (add wordpress to the above equation) which is the page, where you can mem your text, image, audio or video. Yes, you read that right, you can share text, audio, video and pictures – that’s facebook minus the audio.

Yahoo Meme allows 4 things to be shared

Yahoo Meme allows 4 things to be shared

What is good or rather best is that it also allows something between a 140 character tweet and a 300 word long blog post. No, there is no restriction on the character length, you can write as much or as little as you want. For me this was the best thing as it allows people to open up again and not try to bump everything in just 140 characters and on the other hand avoid writing long blog articles too.

The other thing good is that from the first day itself it’s supporting 3 languages, English, Espanol and Portugese unlike twitter which, till date (I think it’s been 3 years in existence now), has support for only 2 languages, English and Japanese. Well, the three languages may not be of much use to you as of now but this definitely shows that they will be having multiple language support very soon, signs that they don’t want to target just the English speaking audience, eyeing to cater a much larger base.

Yahoo meme supports 3 languages

Yahoo meme supports 3 languages

Yahoo meme has another cool feature, which is that it allows you to view popular mem’s, something like the trending topics on twitter, but not exactly that. Well, still not very clear what popular will always show, but it definitely had pics and the number of times they were mem’d when I clicked Popular. You can view the result of that here.
And yes, you can REPOST (retweet in twitter lingo) that mem from anyone else.

Last but not the least, there’s something for the marketers as well – Search. Still not extensive as it lists out only profiles containing the search keyword but if they are to survive I guess they will have to work out on it. Of course when they go live, yeah they are still in alpha, there will be hundreds of third party applications that will be developed around it but in order to see a different fate from it’s previous social media experiments, Yahoo must have an inbuilt search engine, at least a comprehensive one if not extensive.

With the kind of features it has as of now, a little better search and a slightly changed home page might definitely put it ahead of twitter, unless twitter adds something new to it’s current features.

Well that’s what my observations are, I may have missed something, do drop in to discuss things or tell me features which I may have missed and more importantly let me hear your take on whether it will overtake twitter or not ?

Abhinav Sahai

Co-Founder Zapylacz - Your Social Media Branding Lab. ProBlogger, Personal Branding Consultant. Open Source enthusiast and a sports freak!

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21 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    Twitter have very large userbase so Yahoo Meme needs to provide some attractive addons in order to compete.
    Free SMS updates, hosted micro blog, music search , image search , news search might be the few suggestions for the Yahoo Meme.

  2. Andrew thanks for dropping in. Yeah you are correct, twitter has a great userbase and so does facebook, and unless they improve and make their search more extensive, they might find it difficult. Free sms updates seems to be an attractive idea and do does hosted micro blog, might be suggested to Yahoo as well !

  3. Harsh Singh says:

    Sounds interesting …. going to give it a try …. lets see how it fares …. 😀

  4. Hush says:

    Imma Yahoo! Meme user for quite sometime and just a newbie there, so I’m still getting a hang of it. So far so good., except for one thing. I couldn’t put an audio file on it. Anyone out there? Kindly help with this thing. I’ve been searching it on Yahoo and Google, but I couldn’t find any article/blog to teach me how. 😐 Thanks!

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