Months after new social media website Pinterest has taken off, copycat sites are flooding the web in China, BBC News reported today.
The clone sites come after the news earlier this year that Pinterest has seen wild success, with nearly 12 million users signing up in January.
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So far, there are about 20 Pinterest clones total in China, the BBC reported today. Some of the copycat sites are similar to Pinterest, while others, such as Fa Xian, change the interface to also let users purchase products.
Lu Yang, a Chinese BBC World Service journalist, told the BBC that though clone sites are popular in China, that they also suppress creativity. "We are great at cloning, everyone knows that," Yang told the BBC. "But as long as we continue copying other people's designs, we will never start coming up with anything original."