Gabriel Opare, a sociology student at the University of Ghana, made headlines for developing a video search engine.
Opare, who has a keen interest in coding, believes Mudclo is a service that will matter in the world.
“While YouTube is a video hosting website, mine combines the power of YouTube and two other video hosting websites in order to create Mudclo,” Opare said on YouTube.
However, Opare’s critics in the Ghanaian software developer community think Mudclo has been erroneously hailed as a search engine.
Claude Ayitey argued that Mudclo is an amalgamation of Application Programming Interface (API) into one website, GhanaWeb reported.
“Mudclo presents search results from all the video search engines and then puts all of them in one place. For example, if you want a OnePlus 5 video, it will bring all the videos together, from different providers, and present them to you,” Ayitey wrote in a post on Gharage.com.
Kwamina Eyiah Arthur in a similar post on afd-techtalk.com explained:
“How Mudclo works is that, when you search for a video on the website, it shows you results from Vimeo, YouTube and Daily Motion. Instead of visiting 3 websites, you only visit one and you get similar results,” he said.
Opare has launched Mudclo Corporation in Ghana. He’s still working on his website which went viral in 2017 and believes “his vision is good enough. “