I have started some plotting and planning of something I'd like to do with my photography, that I think is a little unique. Nothing is launched yet, as I am planning my wedding in October (and will launch with my married name sometime after that.)
I just stumbled on someone who started a very similar concept, though rather than having it be a business service, it's an online blog where they encourage people to do this themselves and take photos to share communally, regardless of the camera or experience with photography.
It's not quite the same, so I feel pretty confident there's room for both of us in the world (and who knows who else has had this idea... not very googleable...)
but now I wonder if I need to consciously make sure that nothing I do appears to be copying them? (I've started my groundwork well before learning about them today, but they started late 2008.) Should I befriend them online and join up, being open about my plans? Pretend they don't exist? :P
I see no money in what they are doing, though if they are successful enough they could sell ad space on their blog....
ETA - title is sarcastic by the way :P I know it can't be THAT unique an idea, but it may be a good niche for me.