Russian search giant Yandex partners with local Facebook-clone VKontakte

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Yandex, the Russian juggernaut of a search engine that is thought to be considering an IPO for up to $1.5 billion, has partnered with VKontakte, which is the largest social network in Russia. How big? The so-called Facebook-clone accounts for more than half of web traffic in the CIS region.

Under the arrangement, the public-facing elements of VKontakte user profiles will show up in Yandex searches in realtime. So far, this has resulted in Yandex indexing over 25 million user profiles, essentially creating a people search engine since results, where publicly available, will link to and/or display a person’s date of birth, place of birth, university or place of work.

In addition, Yandex uses face recognition technology to pick the relevant part of a user’s profile photo to turn it into a thumbnail for use in search results.

VKontakte status updates and blog posts will also be indexed by Yandex for use in its dedicated blog search engine. Interestingly, the daily number of new posts on VKontakte’s microblogging service is almost three times the number of new Russian posts on Twitter, says Yandex.

  • lassy

    Interesting progress but predictible. VKontakte is not international name and vb doesn’t say much either. They need an english name.. incontact.com or contact.com maybe.

  • AceOfBase

    See this co op and imagine the MS Bing/ Facebook co op in the future.
    If I was a google employee/management I would watch this carefully…

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  • exaltrse

    Meanwhile, audiences at VKontakte has passed for 100 million users. So, 1/5 of FB audiences.

  • http://ivanov.in/ Denis Ivanov

    lassy, VKontakte has a mirror at VK.COM

  • http://dribly.com Diego

    Is vk.com’s header the one from the old digg or am I wrong?

  • http://www.biodeals.de JohannQ

    So, actuallty the FSB has essentially outsourced a lot of work they would normally have to do now… ^^

    Seriously, I wouldnt bet on Bing-FB doing a similar thing, because the privacy concerns and so on would be huge, when it happens.

  • http://www.smartdefine.org Define

    FB is growing rapidly in the region and lots of ppl now use it as a third social network in Russia.

  • http://fanparty.ru Andrey Prihodko

    Interesting partnership. Vkontakte is sponsored by same Mail.ru company who sponsored FB and Groupon

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  • Boond0078

    IGOR93

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