For a while it seemed like I would end up on a Facebook like site almost daily. Sometimes it was just a subtle similar colors. Other times there were many similarities, and I could tell someone went through a lot of work to make there site very similar.
Of course it’s not just Facebook. I see Twitter like sites fairly often too. When everyone was going crazy with all the Google+ buzz what do you think followed shortly afterward? You guessed it along came a bunch of sites resembling it.
The template and theme designers must not have anything better to do than to copy a popular sites look and feel or something. Maybe they just figure they can make some quick money. At least some of them anyway.
The main / homepage are of this site you will find Boonex Dolphin Tutorials. I have been actively using it for many years. Actually so many I have lost count how long it has been now.
Anyway a lot of people that use it try to do the same thing. They try to make their web site resemble Facebook as much as they can. From the main splash page to a Facebook like Wall feature and news feed. A few years back when MySpace was soaring in popularity everyone wanted their web site to have the same look, feel, and features as it did at the time.
I personally don’t get it or see the point of trying to look and be like another site. It certainly isn’t going to get me to join or participate on a site just because it resembles Facebook. Usually I tend to do the opposite. I move along to something else just as quick as I can. It’s almost like if I have seen one, I have seen them all. Besides that if I have Facebook why would I need another that looks and does nearly the same thing?
In the wonderful world of SEO we hear things like don’t copy content from other sites and repost it on your web site. Seems fairly strait forward and makes sense for the most part. It does make me wonder if these sites that seem so eager to basically copy other popular sites look and feel are more likely to copy other things like content.
I don’t know it just seems like if you see a site copy one idea there might be a pretty good chance they wouldn’t have a problem copying other ideas.
I doubt we would ever see it since it is sort of their trademark signature, but I wonder what would happen if Facebook suddenly changed their colors to say red and black. I suspect we would see a lot more red and black web sites.
It doesn’t really matter to me if you want to be like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other site for that matter. It just doesn’t make sense to me, but to each their own.