VKontakte (Russian: ВКонтакте, internationally branded VK) is a Russian social
network service popular in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. VK offers a
striking similarity in design and functionality to its US rival Facebook, and as
such has been described as a "Facebook clone." Like Facebook, VK allows users to
message contacts publicly or privately, create groups and events, share and tag
images and video, and play browser-based games. One distinction of VK is its
integration with torrent filesharing technology which allows users to share larger
As of February 2011, VK has around 135 million accounts, but has acknowledged that
it has a major spam problem. VKontakte is ranked 35 in Alexa's global Top 500 sites
and is the third most visited website in Russia.
In English, В Контакте or V Kont?kte translates as "In Contact" or "In Touch".