Yahoo has launched a Spanish version of Meme, its micro-blogging service that has similarities to Twitter, raising question marks about whether a version will soon be launched for English speakers.
Yahoo revealed a version of the service a few months ago in Portuguese but kept any details quiet in the UK. In fact one member of the UK press office taking calls on Thursday had never even heard of the service before, a surprise given Meme is the company's first move into the micro-blogging market.
Yahoo has been interested in getting into micro-blogging for a while. In fact, the new version of its homepage now features a status update tool which allows users to inform their connections of their whereabouts or thoughts.
Competing with Twitter directly has not been an agenda Yahoo has discussed publically. In fact, Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz said earlier this year at a Morgan Stanley Technology conference in the US that Yahoo would partner with the likes of Twitter and Facebook to make users' experience more social.
Yahoo has issued a statement on Meme and is unwilling to comment further. The statement reads:
"Yahoo is experimenting with an invitation-only communications tool for people in a number of countries in Latin America who want to quickly and easily share interesting content, including multi-media.
"Global product innovation is important to Yahoo and we continuously test various products and services in many local markets to gain valuable feedback and insights from consumers. We will share additional details about this product if and when we launch it publicly."
Stay tuned for any updates; we could well be hearing more on this in the near future.
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