This must be a first. IOL publishes an article on December 21 2005 titled ‘Student has multi-million rand brainwave‘ 2 months after ITWeb publishes news titled ‘One million pixels for sale‘ about Capetonians (what you call people from Cape Town) in the UK (Andy Law and Jake Beetge) creating an exact replica, [copy/pasted], of a site for exactly the same reason: “To Fund their tertiary education”? hmmm… Could IOL be running out of news at this time of year? Did the ZA guys buy a franchise from the .com guys seeing that they were in close proximity, both based in the UK/both studying?
The difference? The Million Dollar Home Page has sold 924 300 pixels at $1 per pixel while The Million Rand Idea has only sold 34 400 pixels at R1 per pixel also the Million Dollar Home Page was picked up by the news media giants (who own and feed IOL their news), and spread around the Internet to a few billion people.
Comparing today’s exchange rate R1 = $0.158215 they (Law & Beetge) have only sold 5442.596 pixels if you convert R to $ to compare apples with apples.
I remeber a Sprite ad on televison many years ago that said “Don’t imitate, innovate.” A Built to Flip concept based on another Built to Flip Concept? If you flip something twice you rotate it 360 degrees which means you end up in exactly the same position.