Russian social networking, part 1

How do Russians manage social networking? If a Russian has a message to spread, wishes to reconnect with long lost friends, has something to sell or seeks an item for purchase, how do they get that message to others?

Of course social networking takes on many forms, from Facebook type services, the new Google+, to a Twitter account. Then too there are the old standbys like Craigslist.

In older days if you have an item to sell or if you wanted to contract for an item or service you’d tape or plaster some kind of paper announcement on the entry wall of a Metro station. The citywide clean up efforts have mostly done away with that opportunity.

Of course there are other ways, such as…

The Community Bulletin Board:
LiveJournal has transformed the Russian social scene and even CraigsList has come to Russia. But one of the easiest ways to look for an advertisement or service is just outside your building’s front door. It is the free community bulletin board.

http://www.livejournal.com/

http://moscow.craigslist.org/

However one of the easiest ways to look for an advertisement or service is just outside your building’s front door. It is the free community bulletin board.

Bulletin board near entryway of building where the Mendeleyev Journal is located.

A common scene, this is the bulletin board located outside the front door of our building. Very often you can find these outside neighborhood markets, shops and pharmacies, too.

But Russians do more for social networking than just LiveJournal, CraigsList or bulletin boards.

VKontakte (ВКонтакте) is perhaps the biggest in the former Soviet Union and popular around the world with Russian speakers. VKontakte translates as “in contact” and shares many similarities with Facebook. Many Russians use Facebook as well. http://www.Vkontakte.ru and the sister website http://www.vk.com make up the 5 busiest website in Russia.

Vkontakte (the B looking letter is a Russian "v") translates as "in contact."

Like Facebook, VKontakte allows users to post messages and make contacts either publicly or privately, however a big advantage is its file sharing technology such as the torrent ability for members to share large files.

How to you participate in social networking? Leave a comment and let us know.