As many of you know Toodou means potato in Chinese. However, in pinyin this is normally written as Tudou. We have always wanted the Tudou.com domain name. Quite a significant number of first-time visitors thought that our domain name was Tudou.com instead of Toodou.com. When we first launched the site we had to settle with Toodou.com because Tudou.com had long been taken by another website. However, that web site did not do as well as Toodou.com (they actually shut down their operations), and we had the possibility to buy the domain name.
We plan to switch over to Tudou.com in the very near future. Toodou.com will be automatically redirected to Tudou.com. The switch over will be completely invisible and will require little communication even for offline Chinese media, as most of our users know our brand simply as
?? or ???. For foreign media it might be easier as well, because it happens quite often that Toodou is misspelled as Toudoo (For example I just noticed an unlinkable -I had to pay to read it!- article in the Dutch Financieel Dagblad where this was the case). So from now I’ll refer to Toodou as Tudou!