Facebook sure can boast of being the biggest social networking site as of today, but in Russia, it is VKontakte that people are more acquainted with, as compared to the former. Far before Facebook gained its popularity, VKontakte, the social networking site, was a huge thing in Russia.
Created by Pavel Durov (often called as the Mark Zuckerberg of Russia) in 2006, VKontakte was inspired by Facebook which by then was not popular in Russia. Pavel Durov, while still a student at St.Petersberg state university, was inspired by the idea of Facebook and wanted to make one such for the Russians. That led to the launch of VKontakte in the year 2006. A month later, the site was registered and by July 2007, it was used by a million people in Russia. This, although it was accessible only by invite and was mostly used by university students. By 2008, it was the biggest social networking site in Russia beating Odnoklassniki, the then popular networking site of the country.
The way VKontakte functions is much like Facebook, with its Newsfeed, Profile Walls, Private Messaging, Like buttons and Communities. There are some additional features to this platform, where users could search for media and other things through the VK search engine. And just like Facebook, VK has a connectivity with other social networking websites. Whenever something is posted on VK, it gets simultaneously posted on Facebook and Twitter.