Facebook and V Kontakte

Talk about a great domain name! VK.com. It’s the shortened variation of http://vkontakte.ru/, and what a remarkable site it is! It is the Russian variation of Facebook, and while I have been a member for a while, I have only one friend on my list.

I do not speak Russian, and unfortunately there is no English translation for the website. I’ve muddled my way through the pages, copying text and pasting into the Babelfish.Yahoo.com translator, but it’s just a bit too messy a process to utilize on a regular basis; at least that is the present station for this particular website.

However, there is great potential here. The site has nearly the same trade dress as Facebook, and ВКонтакте (the Russian spelling) is created by another youthful genius of the development world, Pavel Durov. He’s quite a dashing fellow, too.

Wikipedia has an extensive article on VK.com, describing the site as a blend of YouTube, MySpace, and Pandora. Considering the website was only launched in September 2006, and it now has 60-million members, that’s an incredible achievement.

It will be interesting to see whether there may be some crossover partnership, at some point, between FB and VK. The way the Internet evolves, there’s no telling what could happen here.

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About the Author

Danny Pryor is a media, website and content developer based in Fort Lauderdale. He produces websites, video and other digital media through his company, Rodan Media, and is the executive director of the travel website, TurpikeInfo.com, which he co-owns with his business partners. Danny began website development in 2000, while working with Scoop Magazine, in Fort Lauderdale. His media and broadcasting career dates to 1988, when he began working in news radio, in Las Vegas. He has two awards from the Florida Associated Press, for Best Individual Achievement and for Best Spot News, for his radio news coverage of events in Miami, during 1992.



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