Even though you might not believe us, there's life beyond Facebook and Twitter in terms of social networks. In fact, we usually look at the Internet, and life in general, with a very Western point of view, forgetting that there are countries considered as regional giants that function at their own rhythm with a considerable influence over their neighboring countries.
They also develop their own apps, social networks, and online communications systems. Some of the most notorious examples are Weibo, considered as the Chinese Twitter, or VK, that we can describe as the Russian Facebook.
The most popular social network in countries of Russian influence
Its name is an abbreviation of Vkontakte, developed by Pavel Durov. Does that name ring a bell? It should because you've probably installed his chat and messaging app: Telegram Messenger. This guy, together with his brother Nikolái, looks like he wants to put up a fight against Facebook in all business areas (remember that Zuckerberg also owns WhatsApp).
Due to how it works and the features it offers the user, it's easily comparable to the North American social network. It applies a similar communications concept but it also incorporates other functions that bring it closer to other online services such as the video streaming site YouTube or the music playback site Pandora.
The European social network with the largest number of registered users.
The official VK client
From its official APK designed for Android smartphones and tablets, if offers us everything we need to interact with the rest of users and our own network of friends and contacts, as well as to access all the contents offered on this platform. It offers us this series of functions and features:
- Manage your personal user profile.
- Write on the profile of your friends and contacts.
- Possibility to follow other users without being friends.
- Send private chat messages with multimedia support (send audio messages).
- Share multimedia galleries: photos, videos, and music.
- Play music and video online.
- Take part in user communications and groups with common interests.
- Make new friends.
- Play games integrated into the social network.
Although its access through the web has been translated to over 80 languages, in the case of the mobile application there are unfortunately very few languages available. Luckily enough, English is one of them.
What's new in the latest version
- You can now see when somebody is trying to send a file, picture or video.
- A few bug fixes.