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Send In The Badoo Clones

badoo clone development costLet the Badoo cloning begin. Just as 25+ companies attempted to ride the coattails of Chatroulette (every single one failed), requests for Badoo clones are starting to appear on freelance developer sites.

While I doubt that a $5,000 eLance site is going to achieve anywhere near the success Badoo has enjoyed, interest in Badoo signifies that perhaps the dating industry is moving on from copying HowAboutWe.

Somewhere (Evernote, Google Docs, local hard drive, somewhere in the iCloud?) I have an email from someone who supposedly has a patent for “paid exposure”, the general term used to describe the primary pay feature on Badoo, this year’s breakout connect/hookup/make friends/dating site.

Paid placement is a brilliant idea that has been discussed in the dating industry for years but few companies were willing to risk adding the functionality.

badoo blank email

In terms of branding, Badoo has a bit of a problem. Look at this email from Badoo, all empty photos and they use the phrase “Start playing now.” Is this the kind of email you would click? Badoo is mostly a hookup app, and the marketing team has a long road ahead if its going to entice American users to warm to the service.

Prediction: Badoo will closely follow the trajectory of Groupon. Lots of hype, investor interest, inflated numbers and then a recalibration of valuation. Earning $100 million in revenue from people topping up their account balance to chat with mostly fake profiles and cam girls is an amazing feat, but its unsustainable.

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Comments

  1. Never heard of Badoo! They probably need a new name too.

  2. Check out http://twoo.com/

    And Dave – where are you!?!? Want more blog posts please :)

    Ross

  3. @Harry, you run an online dating ranking site and you don’t know Badoo?

    @Ross, have a ton of draft posts, have been busy working on a number of investment deals, position papers and starting to work on a documentary. More posts soon, but overall yes I am slowing down posting.

  4. Well I guess there would be a market for it in the west maybe as the majority of users are South American from what I can tell. Can’t see anything competing with Facebook though–not that Badoo is a social network anyway.

  5. contact xradiant.com , they have clone for almost every famous site.

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