Facebook can’t legally get into China, but in a few years, the social network might be bigger than the country. A new blog post from Pingdom suggests that by 2016, there might be more people with profiles on Facebook than living in China, making Facebook larger than any country in the world.
Facebook is increasingly becoming an international phenomenon, as Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that his goal for the company is to connect the world. While that might take a while, Facebook is rapidly growing in countries such as Brazil, South Korea, and Russia, according to new data from sister company Quintly (formerly AllFacebook Stats).
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than Facebook got a big compliment in the form of a look-alike imitator in Uzbekistan, joining Russia’s VKontakte.
Digital Sky Technologies, a major investor in Facebook, has social networking covered in its home country, as DST owns almost a quarter of Russian Facebook clone VKontakte.
vKontakte, the Russian clone of Facebook, recently went international by translating the site into 22 languages. The only challenge now is for the company to get the same sort of international brand recognition that Facebook has obtained. With Facebook’s current dominance it is unlikely that vKontakte will get the same type of recognition, however that’s not stopping them from trying. The latest campaign I’ve seen took place in the comments of our blog.