Russia's Mail.Ru Portal Creates Twitter-like Microblogging Site

Jan 16, 2012


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Russia's Mail.Ru Group launched Futubra, a new microblogging platform that allegedly resembles Twitter to a T. Futubra went up Monday, Jan.16, and is currently in beta.

Twitter was made available in Russian in April 2011 and has some 2 million Russian-speaking users. Twitter can also be translated into French, Indonesian, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Turkish. Some Russian citizens used Twitter to protest the re-election of Prime Minister Putin, but their messages were reportedly "drowned out by PCs hijacked by hackers."

Alisher Usmanov, who owns almost one-third of Mail.Ru Group, also owns a majority of DST Global Solutions Ltd., which took a 5% ($400 million) stake in Twitter last year. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed Twitter when he appeared at the company's San Francisco headquarters in 2010 to send his first tweet.

(www.futubra.com, http://corp.mail.ru/en)