“Relaxing” post!

In the end of our course I am not going to make your brain boil, some fun! I would like to use advice of majority professionals in SMM: to make a message or post interesting, it should be relatively short and include some graphics. Here we go!


Some facts about Social Media:

  • Only on Twitter it is possible to build map of users connections. Why? TO understand who to get to a person, using the shortest way
  • Only on Facebook it is possible to set an online shop with associated payment system and feature of direct video conversation with customers
  • Only on Google+ you may create events, where may be up to 10 participants and unlimited audience
  • Only on Twitter it is possible to get feedback from a lecturer online via translation of tweets with an event hashtag on a big TV or screen
  • Only on Facebook it is possible to have up to 6 people video chat
  • Only on Vkontakte you may find the largest (free) collection of music and videos. Search is possible through entering not just titles, singer names or whatever… but also preference search – “Show similar” and recommendations search
  • Only on YouTube you may create personal TV-channel, which broadcasts your performance online and then save it on a server
  • Only 5% of companies are satisfied with the quality of employees’ work on social media



Thank all of you, guys! I had a lot of fun and got some interesting aspects of business presence in Social Media and Networks. As I’m going to set my business this or next year, I’ll use a lot of it!

Ting Li! Thank you, of course! It is a good course and not easy to keep up with fast changing environment, however, you do. Thank you, again!


Do you want to drop a nuclear bomb on New York?

I’ve read the announcement about new interesting feature of the Google Earth, which is called NukeMap3D. The plug-in allows you to model a nuclear bomb (its weight, power etc.) and then drop the bomb on any city! This is quite realistic feature, as NukeMap3D takes into account wind power, height of dropping and also show you so called mashroom cloud. As well as “hand-made’ (made by users) bombs there is opportunity to choose real bombs, for instance, the Tsar Bomb (made in USSR and never used) or “Davy Crockett” (a small projectile). What may seem really fantastic for people loving destruction, a visual performance of how a city turns into ruins.


However, such soft may become useful tool for terrorist. Do you think so? I personally believe that there is a little chance that terrorists may plan their acts, using the NukeMap3D. It goes into much detail really, showing all the consequences afterwards.


In my opinion, there is no much sense in this tool except just wasting time on kind of fancy. Certainly for Google it is one more platform providing advertising space and audience! But what is it for users? What is it for you?

[1] http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57595094-1/nukemap3d-brings-nuclear-apocalypse-to-google-earth/
[2] http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap3d/
3] http://naked-science.ru/article/hi-tech/29-07-2013-292

Mystery of Russian social network

In 2006 a young student of St. Petersburg State University (btw, it is my place of study too) established a platform for pupils and students. One year later the web-site Vkontakte.ru (today it has domain vk.com) became the 3rd popular site in the Russian web. Translation of word “Vkontakte” mean approximately the following: “In contact/connection”. As it’s known now, the format of the site was briefly based on the Facebook example, however, it has many differences. 2 interesting financial facts: 1) Vkontakte’s founder, Pavel Durov, had about 2 billion euros in 2012; 2) Vkontakte donated $1 million to Wikipedia after f2f meeting of P. Durov and J. Wales on an IT-conference

A lot of people ask me why I prefer the Russian version of social network. The goal of this post is just to clarify it and explore vk.com for you!
Let’s start

1) First of all, it is Russian. For Vkontakte it was easy to attract new participants as few people knew about Facebook in the Russian Federation, but vk.com became viral after couple thousand registered and today we see about 300-350 million visitors per month. It is very popular in Belarus, Ukrain and in all CIS countries.

2) Secondly, it is much, much, MUCH faster than Facebook. Maybe because of fewer visitors or maybe because of the fact that best programmers work in vk.com.

3) Next thing, which is very important for me personally, is the interface and its structure. On Facebook you see chaotic location of advertisement, sponsored news in timeline, groups, much useless offers and recommendations from Facebook. In contrast, on Vkontakte you have well-structured page space. You may see it in the following pictures. I changed the language of my account from Russian to English for you. By the way, Vkontakte has about 70 languages.



4) Search functions are smarter and faster. It doesn’t need to be described. It is a fact.

5) There are no irritating notifications about others activity on Vkontakte. For example, the Facebook wants to inform me about every single action of my friends: she liked picture of unknown for you, Nikita, girl in Instagram; he added somebody to friends and this guy commented the post which you, Nikita, also had commented 389 days ago! I do not really care about it. I know that I may change settings, but it requires time and efforts. However, on Vkontakte you are informed about the most significant things and you don’t miss anything. You may see all this useless information as on FB, but it happens just when you open special tab; default setting is that the platform doesn’t notify you, that’s cool.

6) For me, design is not very important, but I like Vk’s one more than FB’s design.

7) The ONLY thing I like on FB is the system of automatic face recognition in uploaded pictures

8) The last but not the least, for users there is one pleasant point – incredible amount of free music and movies built right into the platform directly or from other sources. You may think it is piracy, but they have quite interesting policy. The administration doesn’t delete anything until the moment a copyright holder asks for deletion of it.

To recap, it is my objective point of view and I am loyal Vkontakte user. This site is more user-friendly, innovative and developing than Facebook.

If you have any question, I’ll be happy to answer

[1] http://www.liveinternet.ru/stat/vkontakte.ru/index.html?period=month;total=yesv

[2] http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/vk.com

[3] http://www.forbes.ru/ekonomika/kompanii/69666-kod-pavla-durova