Facebook is not the only “Facebook.”  To put that more accurately, let’s just say Facebook has many kindred spirits around the globe.

In Russia, Facebook is the eighth most visited site.  Coming in at fourth place is Vkontakte or VK for short.  VK is sort of the Russian version of Facebook.  Users can post material anonymously.  Last month the site had over 35 million unique visitors.

In Iran, the third most popular site after Yahoo and Google is Blogfa.  Blogfa is sort of the equivalent of WordPress for bloggers.  Because of heavy government censorship, Blogfa remains one of the last safe havens for free expression.

In Sudan, a site that is closest to our LinkedIn is Bayt.  Five to six million job seekers are surfing the site looking for opportunities throughout the UAE, Syria, Qatar, Lebanon, and Jordan.  In 2011, Bayt launched People, which is another social networking site that integrates with Facebook.

And for those who enjoy the aggregator sites, Argentina hosts Taringa!, the ninth most frequently visited site.  Taringa! is among the top 20 in 14 other Latin American nations.  Users will find anything from funny photos to memes to breaking news.

I could go on and on.  The point is social networking and all its related endeavors are alive and well, not just in the United States, but all over the world.  For anyone who ever doubted the staying power of the Internet, you don’t have far to look, regardless of what nation you call home.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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