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  • Facebook Recruits Street Troops To Grow in Germany

    Facebook Recruits Street Troops To Grow in Germany

    Facebook may be the world's largest and fastest growing social network, but apparently Germany remains a tough market to crack for the company. The site is just ranked 19th on Alexa’s Top 100 list for this country, 10 positions behind StudiVZ, its local clone. While Facebook currently has a German user base of an 800,000 (according to the site’s ad placement tool), StudiVZ boasts a membership… Read More

  • StudiVZ Won't Comment On Facebook Lawsuit, But Will Talk Smack In General

    StudiVZ, the Facebook clone (and by clone, we mean exact duplicate) in Germany, says in an email that they still havn’t received the lawsuit complaint filed by Facebook on Friday. The lawsuit claims intellectual property infringement and accuses StudiVZ of running a “knock-off” of Facebook. StudiVZ says they “cannot comment in detail” about the lawsuit since they… Read More

  • Facebook Sues German Social Network StudiVZ

    Facebook Sues German Social Network StudiVZ

    Facebook is starting to pursue social networks that have copied their design or features by suing German site StudiVZ. The Financial Times has reported that Facebook filed a suit in California against the German company for what it claims is an infringement of Facebook’s “look, feel, features and services”. StudiVZ claims to have 10 million active members, and is the largest… Read More

  • Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks

    Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks

    Is MySpace worth $3 billion, or $20 billion? It depends on how you value a user. It’s time to start comparing the big global social networks on something other than unique visitors and page views. I believe an effective way to value a particular user is based on the average Internet advertising spend per person in the country they live in. The higher the spend, the more value the social… Read More

  • Web 2.0 in Germany: Copy/Paste Innovation or more?

    Web 2.0 in Germany: Copy/Paste Innovation or more?

    Last week we reported on Frazr, one of Germany’s many Twitter clones (if you’re eager for more side-by-side comparisons, see Sloggen, Wamadu, Faybl or 1you, which all launched in March or April). Frazr is symptomatic for the state of Web 2.0 in Germany and to get a better understanding for the many international developments, this post starts a series of regional profiles on Web 2.0… Read More

  • German Facebook Clone Sells for €100 million

    German Facebook Clone Sells for €100 million

    German Facebook clone Studivz has been sold to one of its investors, Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH, a German publishing group, for €100 million (about $132 million). Other investors of Studivz include the Samwer brothers, founders of ringtone company Jamba (sold for €270M) and Alando (sold to eBay for €43M in 1999). The story broke on German news site Spiegel. See here for a beautifully useless… Read More