This article was published on April 10, 2012

YouTube founders quietly launch a Chinese fork of Delicious called

YouTube founders quietly launch a Chinese fork of Delicious called

Last weekend, word got out about Zeen, an upcoming magazine discovery and creation service developed by AVOS, the company formed by YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. But that’s not the only service AVOS has quietly launched recently. Some time last week, their new site,, surfaced.

Basically, it’s a version of the new Delicious (the social bookmarking service AVOS acquired from Yahoo about a year ago) for the Chinese., which is mentioned as a separate project on the AVOS website, is similar to services like Pinterest and Clipboard, enabling users in China to collect and share things on the Web that they find interesting.

Judging from the team page, there are 14 people working on already.

An AVOS representative told Tech In Asia reporter Rick Martin that was initially forked from Delicious and launched as a separate product in beta on April 1st. The rep added that the service looks a lot like Delicious now, but, as it is built with Chinese users in mind, will likely end up looking different from in the future.

Also read: Chad Hurley on the future of Delicious and YouTube’s place in the new online video landscape

By the way, Hurley will also be speaking at The Next Web Conference 2012 later this month. Boy do we have a lot to ask him now.