Sendible: “inspired by” Facebook

I came across a post this morning about a new service called Sendible. The basic idea is this: create messages of various types (email, sms, twitter tweets, facebook messages, etc) in advance, then sit back and relax as they get sent out right on schedule. Interesting idea — apparently there are a few other services out there who do something similar — not something I knew I needed, but intriguing enough that I decided to give it the old college try.

This isn’t a post about how Sendible works; I wasn’t even able to get that far. This is a post about inspiration and, dare I say, plagiaration. What struck me from my first interaction with sendible was the remarkable likeness it bore to Facebook, in terms of visual design. Take, for example, the login screen:

I thought: “Wow, those look a lot like the Facebook blue buttons. Interesting… perhaps Facebook is inspiring some sort of standardization in UI elements”. Then, I thought: “Wow, look at the sidebar over on the right side; that kinda looks like Facebook too. Lemme take a look”:

That was enough to get me thinking, and mentally prepare this blog post. But I waited and decided to give Sendible a little more time. Next stop: my homepage:

Maybe it’s just me, but I was again really blown away by the near exact likeness this (albeit in reverse) that this bears to Facebook:

Of course, I’m all for “fake it till you make it” and “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” but this seems to take it perhaps just a step too far. At least make it green or orange! Thoughts?

Now, time to me to get back to the real business of deciding whether or not I need a message scheduler in my life…

12 thoughts on “Sendible: “inspired by” Facebook

  1. Sendible is a great message sending manager. Send off emails for future dated delivery…and forget about it. Birthdays, anniversaries, reminders, etc. can all be done in advance. Totally different to Facebook!

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  2. Sendible is a great message sending manager. Send off emails for future dated delivery…and forget about it. Birthdays, anniversaries, reminders, etc. can all be done in advance. Totally different to Facebook!

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  3. Dennis — yeah, I agree — I think it’s (possibly) a neat idea. I’m just pointing out the striking similarities in the visual design, and I admit I might be being a bit harsh… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Dennis — yeah, I agree — I think it’s (possibly) a neat idea. I’m just pointing out the striking similarities in the visual design, and I admit I might be being a bit harsh… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I strongly agree with Dennis. The only similarities are the colours and a couple of words here and there really?
    The functionality of the two sites are completely different – one is primarily a social network, whereas the other is a messaging utility, whether it is email, SMS or social networking, it can all be done from one place. I like it.

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  6. I strongly agree with Dennis. The only similarities are the colours and a couple of words here and there really?
    The functionality of the two sites are completely different – one is primarily a social network, whereas the other is a messaging utility, whether it is email, SMS or social networking, it can all be done from one place. I like it.

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  7. How can you even say these are similar in any way? just look at how different the names of these sites are: one is called “The FaceBook” the other is called “Sendible”! They don’t sound alike *at all*. You should take some sounding-words-out lessons and see some kind of ear doctor.

    Plus the button colors aren’t even the same. On Facebook the buttons are (59, 89, 152) and on Sendible they’re (50, 92, 144) ! That may seem like vain attempt to disguise obvious plagiarism to you, but if an octopus looked at this site, and was able to speak English, I can pretty much assure you it would tell you those are not *quite* the same color.

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  8. How can you even say these are similar in any way? just look at how different the names of these sites are: one is called “The FaceBook” the other is called “Sendible”! They don’t sound alike *at all*. You should take some sounding-words-out lessons and see some kind of ear doctor.

    Plus the button colors aren’t even the same. On Facebook the buttons are (59, 89, 152) and on Sendible they’re (50, 92, 144) ! That may seem like vain attempt to disguise obvious plagiarism to you, but if an octopus looked at this site, and was able to speak English, I can pretty much assure you it would tell you those are not *quite* the same color.

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  9. Luke your *totally* missing hte point. One is a social network the other is a for **sending** ***messages***. And actually? the button colors totally are the same, I bet you just made up those numbers.

    Still, their totally differnet sites as a hole. Sendible is so cool!

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  10. Luke your *totally* missing hte point. One is a social network the other is a for **sending** ***messages***. And actually? the button colors totally are the same, I bet you just made up those numbers.

    Still, their totally differnet sites as a hole. Sendible is so cool!

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  11. As a part time spammer, and a fellow shill, I’d just like to say I can really “get down”, as a hole, with what “Dennis” and “Stuart” have to say. What their saying is true! Erase all doubts about your manhood, use Sendible! This blog post itself confuses this crucial point — looks almost criminally like something, totally different to everything in ways that will make even elephant envy your trunk.

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  12. As a part time spammer, and a fellow shill, I’d just like to say I can really “get down”, as a hole, with what “Dennis” and “Stuart” have to say. What their saying is true! Erase all doubts about your manhood, use Sendible! This blog post itself confuses this crucial point — looks almost criminally like something, totally different to everything in ways that will make even elephant envy your trunk.

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