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Facebook’s identical twin

Created by an unknown user, a networking site for Aligarh Muslim University students is a replica of the social networking hub.

By: AAKRITI SAWHNEY AAKRITI SAWHNEY AAKRITI SAWHNEY
| Updated on: Dec 18 2009, 17:56 IST

Created by an unknown user, a networking site for Aligarh Muslim University students is a replica of the social networking hub.

You might mistake it for Facebook.

But the 'AMU Community' (www.amucommunity.com) site is not even remotely connected to your favourite social networking website. It is just a shocking copy of the original, frame by frame.

Though the home page of the clone site does not have any information about its creators, the title bar of the site says, "AMU, Aligarh Muslim University". The site, which has 65 communities related to the University, even asks students for enrollment numbers.

'Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology' is the most visited community with 104 fans. Users even get points for profile updates and inviting friends and for every 1,000 points, they win a mobile recharge of 20. Not surprising then that there is an update every five minutes.

When asked about the blatant copyright violation, Facebook Communication Officer Elizabeth Linder said, "Yes, it's unfortunate. We don't see 'clone' sites as competitors. But... sites that exactly copy the look and feel of others open themselves up to issues around intellectual property rights."

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First Published Date: 18 Dec, 16:59 IST
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