Russia is a peculiar country that, in many aspects, works quite autonomously. Nothing out of the ordinary if we consider that it's got about 150 million inhabitants and its great influence on neighboring countries. And if they're independent in so many aspects, why not also on the Internet? Well, they are. For instance, they've got their very own search engine called Yandex, and the social network Vkontakte, the most popular one in the entire country.
A Russian version of Facebook
And that's how this web service is also known, mainly due to the similarities with the platform developed by Mark Zuckerberg and company at Menlo Park. The fact is that VK was conceived by the brothers Pavel and Nikolái Durov, the creators of Telegram Messenger, the chat and instant messaging app that despite not endangering WhatsApp's hegemony (also owned by Facebook), is still installed on millions of smartphones and computers all over the world.
The biggest social network in Russia and other Soviet countries.
And regarding the official iPhone app of this Russian social network, it comes along with functions similar to those of FB. In other words, we can configure a user profile where we can post photos, things that spring to mind, send messages to our friends, like publications, share our photos, follow interesting pages and profiles.
- Configure your user page including your personal details such as name, age or profile pic.
- Create albums to share photos and videos.
- Meet new people and add users to your friend page.
- Send private chat messages with emojis and stickers.
- Share photos and use the editor to enhance them with filters and effects.
- Become part of user groups and communities with interests similar to yours.
- Play games on the social network.
- Play videos and songs.
Despite its Russian origin, this social network has been translated into dozens of languages, although the iOS application is only available in a few them. Luckily enough, one of them is English so we won't having any problems getting used to it.
Nevertheless, this online service goes a step beyond Facebook, as it includes other functions that can be compared to YouTube or online music streaming platforms such as Pandora or Spotify, trying to bring together the majority of social functions used by Internet users.