[Gang Lu: You can also find a revised version of this post on ReadWriteWeb. ]

Facebook has officially launched its Japanese version, and its Chinese version was also released last week. However, the fact is that many Facebooks have been made in China and in operation for a long while, which probably means whether it will be officially running in China or not does not really matter any more for millions of Chinese users. Here are some news: A new look-liker Yiqi.com is in public test. The guy behind Yiqi is Wen Xie, former CEO of Yahoo China, a very influential veteran in China web; UCenter, a mini-version of Facebook developed by Comsenz, now can be downloaded for free. The lastest stats from Comsenz is that there are over 50,000 UCenter have been set up, only 3 months after its release;

You may feel bored with those copycats stories. However if we study in depth these Chinese Facebooks, the stories are actually more colorful than you thought. Started as simple clones, Chinese Facebooks are seeking their own ways to survive and most importantly, to evolve.

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Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.